Year 8 visit the sites of the first World War in Belguim
Every year, Year 8 students from Invicta visit Ypres in Belgium to visit the sites of the First World War. This year marks the centenary of the Great War (1914-18). After a very early start and an Eurotunnel crossing the group of 180 students and their teachers, arrived in Ypres. The first visit was to the museum in the Ypres Cloth Hall, which houses a detailed and fascinating array of artefacts and displays about the Great War. Visitors can be part of the Great War experience and interact with the exhibits using special poppy bracelets which are scanned at information points around the museum to bring to life the stories and memories of those who were part of this conflict.
The group also visited the remains of some of the World War One trenches at Sanctuary Wood which, due to the heavy rain recently, were very muddy and felt very authentic! The trip also included visits to Tyne Cot and Langemarck war cemeteries which students always find poignant and moving. The trip finished off back in Ypres town centre itself to buy some Belgian chocolates and other local treats. Hans de Groote who runs one of the town’s best chocolate shops is always very pleased to welcome our students. Hopefully the trip will leave a lasting impression on all involved, especially in this centenary year.