Battlefields Tour to Belgium and France
At the unholy hour of 5am on May 22nd 47 students and 5 members of staff set off for a tour of the World War One Battlefields of northern France and Belgium. This is a trip which has run for several years, but which took on special significance in this centenary year.
We explored various sites around the city of Ypres, including the opportunity to walk through original preserved trench systems and had a whole day tracing the events of July 1st 1916 in the Somme region, including visits to the Thiepval monument, Lochnagar crater and Beaumont Hamel. The ethos of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission and the importance and value of remembrance underpinned our visits. We also had the opportunity to participate in the Menin Gate ceremony and five students represented the school with utmost dignity and respect with several members of the public commenting favourably about their attitude and behaviour. It was a privilege to take these youngsters; they were a credit to their families, the school and to themselves.