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Visiting WWI memorials in Belgium

Visiting WWI memorials in Belgium

On Friday 3 October 2014, 23 BACA students embarked on a trip to Belgium to visit WW1 memorials, museums and the historic town of Ypres. Throughout the day students were given the opportunity to see where soldiers fought and died during WW1 as well as where the fallen men were laid to rest. The trip included visiting Tyne Cot (the biggest Allied Cemetery in the world), Essex Farm (where the famous Flanders Field Poem is engraved on a plaque), Langemarck (a German cemetery) and Passchendaele Museum where the students had the opportunity to go through an underground bunker as well as an allied trench system.

The day ended exploring Ypres which was completely rebuilt to pre WW1 plans after the fighting stopped. During this time the students had the opportunity to sample Belgian chocolate and also visit the Menin Gate.

We congratulate our students for their impeccable behaviour throughout the day especially when in the cemeteries, when others around them were not applying themselves as well.

The students enjoyed the day and got a lot out of the experience:

Sunny, year 9 - “It was a fabulous trip and I would love to go again!”

Callum, head of year 9 - "10 out of 10.”

Zack, year 10 - “Going to the cemeteries was moving seeing all the gravestones lined up”

Callum, year 10 - “It was a really good day and made me realise how many people died”

Mr Barnden who organised and lead the trip said “The kids were an example to everyone.  They were fantastic all day and should be really proud of themselves, hopefully they all got something out of the day and we look forward to going again in the near future.”