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History brought to life through Belgium Trip

100 Year 9 History students had their work on World War 1 brought to life when they visited Belgium for an insightful History trip this October.

Staff and students left school at 2:45am on Saturday 5 October, but students were full of energy and excitement for the day ahead. The group took travelled by ferry before having breakfast in Ypres and visiting a chocolate shop. 

To continue their work on World War 1, students visited a number of historical sites including Sanctuary Wood, Passchendaele 1917 Museum, Menin Gate, Tyne Cot Cemetery, and the Langemark Cemetery (German WW1 cemetery). 

Students laid a wreath at the Menin Gate from the whole school; reading out a WW1 poem "In Flanders Field" while the wreath was laid before holding a one minute silence. 

Miss Simmons, History Teacher, said: "Students behaved exceptionally well during our visit to the First World War battlefields and cemeteries in Belgium and represented the school brilliantly.They got to visit actual trenches that were used during the war and see the contrast between British and German cemeteries.

It was great for us to visit just after the centenary of the Armistice which was marked last year by the whole school with our 'Field of Remembrance.' I am sure this experience in Belgium will stay with the students for many years to come."

Students on the Belgium History Trip