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 Belgium Battlefields Trip 2024



Recently, Year 9 students embarked on a remarkable school trip to visit the First World War Battlefields. The trip was filled with poignant moments, enlightening discoveries, and delightful indulgences that left a lasting impact on all who participated.

Students had the opportunity to explore the Bayernwald Trench System, a historical site that gave our students a vivid perspective on the realities of war. As they navigated through the intricate network of trenches, bunkers, and tunnels, they gained a deeper understanding of the sacrifices made by soldiers who fought bravely during World War I. It was a humbling experience that brought history to life and sparked meaningful conversations.

Following their visit to the Bayernwald Trench System, the students had the privilege of paying their respects at the Menin Gate, a monument dedicated to the memory of those missing. During the Last Post ceremony, two of our pupils had the honour of laying a wreath as a gesture of remembrance and gratitude. It was a moving tribute that resonated with everyone present, reminding us of the importance of honouring those who have sacrificed for our freedom.

Day two saw our visit to the ‘Sunken Lane’, a haunting reminder of the brutal trench warfare that defined the conflict. As we walked along the sunken paths the gravity of war enveloped us, stirring sombre reflections on the hardships endured by soldiers on both sides. We paid our respects at the Newfoundland Memorial Park, a solemn tribute to the soldiers of the Newfoundland Regiment who bravely fought and perished in the Battle of the Somme.

Our journey continued to the awe-inspiring Lochnagar Crater, a massive scar on the French landscape created by a detonation during the first day of the Battle of the Somme. The sheer magnitude of the crater left us without words, evoking a sense of awe and reverence for the destructive power of war and the resilience of the human spirit in its aftermath.

Finally, we arrived at the Thiepval Memorial, a monumental tribute to the missing British and South African soldiers who fell during the Battle of the Somme and have no known grave. Here, amidst the towering arches and inscribed names of the fallen, we bowed our heads in silent tribute, honouring the memory of those who gave their lives in service of their countries.

As our journey through the battlefields drew to a close, our hearts were heavy with the weight of history and the sacrifices of those who came before us. We concluded with a visit to Langemarck German Cemetery and a solemn stop at the Passchendaele Cemetery and the Passchendaele Memorial Museum.

We are grateful for the opportunity to embark on this journey together, and we look forward to future adventures that will broaden our horizons and deepen our appreciation for the diverse experiences that shape our world.


Lest we forget.  


Mrs Kerr, Mr Lyons, Miss Jones and Mr Belcher

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