Year 9 France and Belgium battlefields trip

Year 9 students visited World War I battlefields over February half term. 32 students took part in the trip from Sunday 11th February to Wednesday 14th February which visited sites in Belgium and France. 

Key sites included a ceremony at the Menin Gate in Ypres, Vimy Ridge Canadian memorial, Newfoundland Park at the Somme, the Langemark German war cemetery and the Tyne Cot Commonwealth War Graves cemetery and Memorial to the Missing.

Students also waded through the muddy preserved trenches and tunnels at Sanctuary Wood; visited Talbot House, where soldiers went on leave from the front; and took a day trip to Paris, where they had a driving tour of the city, climbed the Eiffel Tower and wandered around the streets of Montmarte.

The trip was led by Ms Cullen, accompanied by Ms Hill, Mr Elsby and Mr McManamon.

Trip leader Ms Cullen said, “All of the staff on the trip were very proud of our students who asked sensitive questions and gave insightful responses at the memorial sights, while treating them and the history of the land with respect. They all learnt a lot to add to their already considerable WW1 knowledge and gained an understanding of some conditions in the trenches (mostly the cold). It was especially great taking students abroad who had never left England before and seeing their excitement at the new experiences… particularly the snails!”