90 Year 9 students, 5 teachers and 3 parent/governor volunteers went on a 3 day tour of the First World War battlefields and cemeteries in the Ypres Salient and the Somme.This tour allowed Year 9 students to extend their learning further and supported their studies in both English and history. We visited numerous sites of historical interest including Hill 60, Bayernwald, Langemarck German Military Cemetery, Vancouver Corner, Passchendaele Museum, Tyne Cot CWGC, the Menin Gate, Serre and Sheffield Memorial Park, Newfoundland Park, Mansel Copse and the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing.
We would like to express our thanks to our guides Tim Saunders, Kate Vigurs, Keith Dolan and Rick Jones. Their expertise and knowledge added so much to our tour. The opportunity to visit many of the places we have studied brought the history of the First World War to life. Students were able to visit the graves and memorials of great grandfathers and relatives. At Tyne Cot we took time out of our schedule to hold our own service of remembrance. This was a beautiful and moving service orchestrated by Ms Natrass, we all took the opportunity to pray for and remember the fallen of all conflicts.
The 3 day tour was thought provoking and raised more questions than answers.