History Trip to Battlefields 2017 - Year 8

IMG_0745Year 8 students had a very informative couple of days visiting the First World War Battlefields surrounding Ypres in Belgium.  Following the very early start on Friday 24th we visited the German cemetery at Langemark, followed by the Commonwealth cemetery at Tyne Cot.  After a brief break for lunch we then went to the Paschendale Memorial Museum where the students had a great time.  We were then lucky to watch the Menin Gate Ceremony which has taken place every evening since 1926 (although this had to be halted IMG_0735during the 2nd World War).  Day 2 involved a visit to the chocolate shop which was appreciated by both students and staff and then to the Flanders Fields museum in the centre of Ypres.  We then were back on the coach for a short drive out to Hill 62 which is a small museum and also has an riginal First  World War trench system.  The students were able to access the trenches in all the mud to experience how it would have been back in 1914 – history brought to life. After lunch it was then back on the coach to make our way to Calais for the ferry home.  45 very tired students arrived back at Hylands around 10pm.