Year 8 Ypres Battlefield Visit
Mr Saputo, Lead Teacher of History sent us this report:
“Every year students from Invicta travel to Ypres in Belgium, to visit a number of the sites connected to the First World War. This year, we took 190 students in Year 8 as part of an Enrichment Day.
We visited the museum in the Ypres Cloth Hall, which has a fascinating display of artefacts and imagery from the Great War. Visitors can interact with the exhibits using special poppy bracelets, which can be scanned at information points around the museum to bring to life the stories and memories of those who were part of this conflict. We then had some free time in Ypres 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. He and his wife Stephanie were amazed that we had brought 190 girls this time; our largest ever group.
We also visited the remains of some 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 a visit to the Tyne Cot War Cemetery which students always find poignant and moving. Hopefully the trip will leave a lasting impression on all involved, especially in this centenary year of the Battle of the Somme.”
Thank you to Mr Saputo and his team who took the students on this visit.