Year 8 History Trip to Ypres, Belgium
On 23rd March the History department took 38 year 8 students to visit the WWI battlefields around the Belgian town of Ypres. It was an incredibly long day, starting from Whitmore at 5am and returning to school that evening a little after midnight. However, the students remained focused throughout the day-long guided tour. As well as being able to answer almost all of the guide’s questions, the students also displayed one of the essential qualities of successful Historians: the ability to ask perceptive and relevant questions. Ms Sibona
Mia Newbury from 8Si had the following to say about the trip:
‘The Ypres trip was really worth going to. It was great to get a chance to experience a ceremony remembering those who did us proud in WWI (the Last Post ceremony at the Menin Gate in Ypres is performed every evening at 8pm) and I was stunned to see that there was a woman buried in one of the war cemeteries (she had been working as a nurse in a military hospital behind the front lines). It really enhanced and added to our knowledge of WWI. We got a chance to feel like we were in the position of the soldiers ready to go to war. We were showed the soldier’s full uniform and got to hold a real (but no longer functioning) Lee Enfield rifle. I would definitely recommend visiting Ypres if you ever get the opportunity. One of the highlights for me was walking through the trenches’.