History Battlefields Trip

Ms McCartney: To commemorate the centenary year of The Great War (1914-1918) the history department took 35 year 9 students to Flanders battlefields on Wednesday. We visited the largest empire cemetery and memorial, Tyne Cot, and reflected on the human costs of WWI.

Several members of the public, including military servicemen, spoke to our tour guide and commented on the respectful conduct of the group.

Other significant attractions were the German Trenches of Bayenwald and Jason (9U) experienced the discomfort of full military garb and the weight of weapons, as he demonstrated what the troops would have worn.

Students took part in the Menin Gate ceremony and six of them laid poppy reefs and wrote words of remembrance, this was led by Adonis (9D) and Nicholas (9L).

Despite an early start and late finish the students were fantastic. We had a memorable day and shared some inspiring memories. Many thanks to Miss Nash and Mr Fenn for their time and efforts on the day.