Battlefields Trip

Students in Year 9 took part in the annual Battlefields study trip to France and Belgium from Friday 25th March to Monday 28th March. Lydia in 9W, who attended the trip, has the following account:

“I thought the Battlefields trip was great for providing in-depth knowledge about World War I. We visited sites such as Tyne Cot cemetery, Vimy Ridge and the Somme, and some famous cities like Ypres. All these sites gave us a sense of how appalling the lives of the soldiers were and the historical context of achievements and failures. The many cemeteries we visited were moving emotional experiences that will stay with me for the rest of my life.”

“Personally, my favourite sites we visited were the Sanctuary Wood preserved trenches and Talbot House [a soldiers' rest and recreation centre at Poperinghe, Belgium]. The Sanctuary Wood trenches offered many items of information about World War I in its museum, as well as having trenches that reflected what they would’ve been like in the war. I enjoyed going to Talbot House since it gave me a different view of the war, and that it wasn’t always a miserable life for the soldiers.”

“Ypres had many chocolate shops and gifts to choose from. Paris is an amazing city filled with rich culture! This trip helped me with my French diary project, helping me to understand the war in a deeper context, and learning about the conditions the soldiers fought in. I recommend this trip for its amazing sites, experiences and enjoyment.”

As outlined by Lydia above, the students visited several World War I sites including preserved British trenches at the Sanctuary Wood Museum in Belgium; the students had the opportunity to go in the trenches to get an idea of what the soldiers would have experienced one-hundred years ago. Students also visited notable memorial sites such as the Tyne Cot Cemetery, the Langemark Cemetery and the Canadian war memorial at Vimy Ridge.

Ruislip High students laid a wreath at the nightly Last Post ceremony at the Menin gate in Ypres. The trip was a great success and the students were fantastic ambassadors for the school.


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