Year 8 Ypres Battlefield Visit
On Wednesday, 1 March, the History Department took Year 8 to Ypres in Belgium to visit sites connected to the First World War. This was our largest ever group visit with over 220 girls attending. We first visited the In Flanders Fields Museum in the Ypres Cloth Hall. Visitors can relive the Great War experience 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. In Ypres town the girls had time to buy some Belgian chocolates and sample the local waffles.
We also visited the remains of some World War One trenches at nearby Sanctuary Wood which, due to the recent heavy rain, were very muddy and felt very authentic! The trip also included a visit to Tyne Cot War Cemetery, the largest British and Commonwealth war cemetery in the world.
Thank you to Mr Saputo who led the visit and who sent us this report. Thank you also to all the staff who accompanied the students to Belgium