In February, we once again had the honour of taking some of our Year 9 students to the Ypres area of Belgium and the Somme in France. This trip runs every year and is an opportunity to make our Year 9 WW1 History curriculum come alive. We visited various places of historical significance, memorials, cemeteries, museums and trench systems. We also took part in the Last Post ceremony at the Menin Gate, where we laid a bespoke Ivanhoe wreath. As usual, this was a moving and emotional experience for all.
This year we were able to help one of our students find her Great Great Grandfather’s name on the memorial in Arras. I’m so proud to be able to connect our children with their family’s history. A big thank you to the students that demonstrated such a high level of engagement, reflection and empathy .
Our students said:
“I had an amazing time!”
“ It made me think about the war from the point of view of other countries.”
“Very moving. I’ll never forget what I saw.”
“History and chocolate!”
Much appreciation to my amazing deputy, Mrs Johnson and the incredible support of Mr Samuel, Mr Wileman and Mrs Rix.
Mrs Katie Wild - Subject Leader of History and BV
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