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Posted on: 22/06/2017

Year 9 Students Visit WW1 Battlefields and Cemeteries

For the past four years this trip has always been a real highlight for our young historians and as always they behaved with maturity, respect and an appreciation that the history right before their eyes has shaped the world they live in today. 

Ms Cummay, Head of History

Year 9 students have recently returned from a poignant trip to the WW1 battlefields and cemeteries in Belgium as part of the ongoing commitment to commemorate the WW1 centenary.

Having boarded the Euro star in the early hours of the morning, the students were able to experience a preserved front line trench system from 1916, as well as laying poppy crosses at both German and British Commonwealth cemeteries.

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Chaplain Mr Hanlon led a reflection at Tyne Cot cemetery, the largest British Commonwealth cemetery in the world. Bishop Challoner’s commitment to this trip was recognised by the Last Post Association, who selected Bishop Challoner to lay the wreath at the prestigious last post ceremony at the Menin Gate memorial. In front of hundreds of people, dignitaries as well as veterans and current serving military personnel, the students laid a wreath on behalf of the school and led the two minutes silence. Ms Crummay, the Head of History says “for the past four years this trip has always been a real highlight for our young historians and as always they behaved with maturity, respect and an appreciation that the history right before their eyes has shaped the world they live in today.”  

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