photo 5 (Copy)On Friday 11th and Saturday 12th July 32 Year 9 and 10 students embarked on  trip to Belgium to visit the battlefields of the First World War. The party of historians left Marriotts at 5am and arrived at Ypres mid morning and began with a visit to the Flanders Museum. This focused on the causes of war and had many fascinating exhibits showing the weapons  and tactics used and the impact it had on the soldiers. This was followed by a visit to Hill 62 – Sanctuary Woods where students were able to see surviving trenches dug during the war itself. The Evening allowed time for dinner and a visit to the Menin Gate at Ypres where our students joined with a further 5000 people watched the moving “Last Post Ceremony” to commemorate the memory of the soldiers killed during the War. Incredibly this has taken place everyday since Ypres was reconstructed in the late 1920s. Day 2 commenced with a visit to the open Museum at Passchendaele where students were able to reconstructed trenches and dugouts to experience the conditions soldiers endured. Students were then able to pay their respect to British and German soldiers by visiting the cemeteries at Tyne Cot and Langemark and by listening to a poetry reading of “In Flanders Fields” at the cemetery at Essex Farm. Students returned at 11pm on Saturday night. Tired but interested and enthused about the visit and certainly felt that the trip had them understand better the impact of what was known as “The Great War”.