Battlefields experience for Year 9 students

The annual Year 9 Battlefields trip took place over February half term from Sunday February 17th until Wednesday February 20th. This trip has taken place every year since 2009.

57 students visited the following key sites associated with World War I: Talbot House in Poperinge, The Arras tunnels, Tyne Cot cemetery, Lijssenthoek cemetery, Langemark cemetery, Essex farm cemetery, the Thiepval Memorial, the Vimy Ridge trenches, Newfoundland Park, the ‘Sunken Lane’ no-mans’ land area, and the Sanctuary Wood trenches. 

Students also enjoyed a day trip to Paris where they went up the Eiffel Tower and walked along the Champs-Élysées. 

Students attend the Last Post ceremony at the Menin Gate in Ypres, where Ronan and Eve, both in 9S, laid a wreath.

On the last day students had a minute’s silence at the Ring of Remembrance at Notre Dame de Lorette. 

Students were accompanied by Mr Askin, Mr Alison, Ms Hill, Mr Elsby, Ms Lucas and Ms Vora.

Jawad in 9F said, “This was a unique experience and the best school trip I’ve ever been on. We discovered all about trench warfare and how awful it must have been. Seeing all the cemeteries and memorials to the fallen has given me a different view on life.”

Ali in 9A said, “Ending the trip at the Ring of Remembrance was emotional. It was an incredible piece of architecture and an amazing place to stand as we remembered all those involved in the war.”