In February and March, Y9 visited Ypres to learn more about the First World War, one hundred years after the conflict’s final year. The two days spent in Belgium were packed with visits and experiences that brought home the reality of life on the Western Front and enhanced what they had been learning in history and English lessons.
The students conducted themselves impeccably throughout both trips and were enthusiastic, engaged and respectful at every cemetery, museum and site of historical significance. In between exploring a reconstructed trench at Sanctuary Wood, visiting the fiercely-contested Hill 60 and seeing the graves of British, Commonwealth and German soldiers at various sites, the students were able to take home a little piece of Belgium in the form of delicious chocolate. Perhaps most poignantly, four students laid wreaths on behalf of the Simon Balle community at the moving Last Post ceremony at the Menin Gate. All in all, it was a fantastic experience for staff and students alike and we are already looking forward to doing it again next year.