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Battlefields Trip, Belgium

During trip week, pupils from Year 8-10 visited the trenches and war memorials in Belgium, Ypres. We followed the journey of the WW1 soldiers from South Ribble, through France and Belgium. Over a busy few days, we visited the town of Poperinge; British and Allied renches at Hill 60 and Caterpillar Crater; Hill 62 and Sanctuary Wood plus the German trenches at Bayernwald. We also visited a casualty clearing station at Essex Farm, in preparation for the environment study component of the GCSE!

We were also able to visit the Commonwealth cemeteries at Tyne Cot and the Menin Gate, and the German cemetery at Langemark. All pupils were incredibly respectful. We finished our trip with a visit to the grave of Corporal John McNamara VC from Walton-le-Dale. Isabel Council-Thomas 8D wrote a beautiful poem, which was read by Louana Avison 9T, as Jack Wachowski 10K laid the wreath from our school. A wonderful experience for the pupils who represented our school brilliantly.