WWI Battlefields Trip

Friday 6 October saw the annual Year 9 History trip to the WWI battlefields in Ypres, Belgium. Although a very long day, this trip is always much anticipated and this year proved no different.

During the day we visited numerous sites around the Ypres Salient to see where men fought during the First World War. Our first stop was a museum where there was a wealth of information and artefacts which allowed us to develop an image of the men fighting in the trenches. We also visited a trench to help us understand where the men fought.

Our second stop was the immense Tyne Cot Cemetery with its thousands of graves which never fails to shock the girls and put the scale of loss during WWI into perspective. We then moved on to Essex Farm, where we looked in more detail at the medical stations that treated the wounded during battle. Our final stop was the Menin Gate in Ypres for the daily Last Post Ceremony, where members of Year 9 laid a wreath on behalf of the school. We returned to school tired, but with a much greater understanding of the fighting that was taking place 100 years ago along the Western Front.

Miss Georgie Noble