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Battlefields 2019

30 April 2019 | Tagged: Senior School, Trips

Over 100 S3 and S4 pupils took part in a poignant visit to the Battlefields of Belgium and France during the Easter break, with this year's trip particularly emotive, given that it fell just after the centenary of the end of the First World War.

Numerous pupils had the opportunity to recite poetry, play music and sing at various sites of historical significance visited throughout the trip, as well as visiting graves and memorials for their relatives who fought in World War I. As well as visiting Theipval Memorial, which displays the names of 72,000 Allied soldiers who died on the Somme with no known grave, there was also visits to WWI trenches, the Pool of Peace and Tyne Cot Cemetery, the largest commonwealth cemetery anywhere in the world, with nearly 12,000 graves and 35,000 names of men with no grave.

The final days of the trip saw a wreath laid on behalf of the school during the ceremony at The Menin Gate, before the School's own ceremony for the nearly 500 former pupils who fell during the Great War. Pupils and staff marched to the drums and pipes, with readings delivered and the group led in the singing of the School Song.

The group enjoyed an afternoon in Brugges, before returning home on the overnight ferry, bringing to an end a poignant few days for pupils of the school. 

Battlefields Trip 2019
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