World War One Battlefields School Journey 2019Thursday 20th June, 2019
Years 5 & 6 travelled to Ypres Belgium to visit the WW1 battlefields. The trip had added momentum as the children at Hooge Crater Cemetery searched for a relative of Mrs Williams and at Thiepvil, the Somme monument to the missing for two of Mr Neale’s family. A special visit to the Newfoundland Park, where five of ‘Our Newfoundlanders were wounded on July 1st 1916 saw the children hold a small service with the Canadian guides to mark their memories. The Lochnagar crater was visited and its enormous size surprising the children and staff. At the Paschendale Museum the children could experience a proper underground dugout and incredibly realistic trenches. The museum itself containing artefacts and excellent displays of life and death in the trenches.
The children were excellent and their approach to the mass graves of soldiers, known and unknown touchingly respectful. All the staff were stunned by our children’s interest, knowledge and understanding of a difficult period in history.