WW1 Battlefields Trip 2017
On Friday 3rd and Saturday 4th November 72 students from Year 9 went to France and Belgium to visit the WW1 battlefields. We started the day bright and early leaving at 6.15am and using the channel tunnel to get to France. Our first visit of the day was in glorious sunshine at the beautiful Vimy memorial where we looked at the trenches and visited the stunning Canadian memorial. Later we went to the town of Arras. The group split in half - some students had some shopping time whilst the rest of the group visited the Wellington Quarry. These are a series of underground caves which housed 24,000 soldiers prior to a major offensive. The visit was very moving. We then headed to our accommodation at the Chateau Eblingham. The students were able to enjoy snails and pancakes as well as their main meal. After diner the students enjoyed some free time in the games room and playing football.
On Saturday we had a hearty breakfast of croissants and cereal and made our pack lunches and headed off to Belgium. We visited the Passchendaele museum, looking at dug outs and trenches; we then went to Vancouver corner. We also carried out a short ceremony of reflection laying a wreath to remember those people in Fleet who gave their lives in WW1. The last stop of the day was Ypres and the Menin gate followed by free time and some chocolate shopping before heading home. The students were commended by many people we met on how polite and interested they were. Well done Year 9 for representing the school well.
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