In July, the History department took a group of 43 students from Years 10 and 11 to Belgium and France. The group visited battlefields, memorials and museums dedicated to the First World War and the soldiers who died during the conflict, including Tynecot Memorial, the Passchendaele Museum, Mametz Wood and Vimy Ridge. Staff and students took the opportunity to reflect on the loss of life and offer prayers in memory of the soldiers. The school was particularly honoured to participate in the Last Post Ceremony at the Menin Gate. This ceremony has taken place every day since 1928. Emily and Tom, in Year 11, represented the school and laid wreaths during a moving ceremony.
The students also had the opportunity to relax during the trip and evenings were spent in the sunshine, playing football, going for walks and spending time with one another. The group’s love of football also helped the students make friends with pupils from a local Belgian school, culminating in a friendly match in Ypres town square.
The trip was highly successful and all participants enjoyed the week away. The trip staff would like to convey their thanks to the students and their parents for making the trip so enjoyable for all.