Year 7 In Sombre Remembrance Trip

13th August 2018

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Children in Year 7 undertook a thought provoking and hugely worthwhile trip to Ypres last week, the scene of some of the First World War’s bloodiest battles.

During their time in Belgium and France, the students visited the Menin Gate Memorial, which is dedicated to the British and Commonwealth soldiers who were killed in the Ypres Salient of World War I and whose graves are unknown, as well as the In Flanders Fields Museum in the Old Cloth Hall in Ypres. This afforded the children an opportunity to learn about the individuals involved in the Great War and their personal stories.

There was also a more sombre visit to the battlefield itself where the harsh realities of the war were truly apparent. There the students studied Robert McCrae’s famous In Flanders Fields on the spot where he penned his iconic poem. The looks on the faces of the children as they pondered what had happened here one hundred years ago told its own story.

The travelling party were a credit to their school and were impeccably behaved throughout.

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