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Battlefields Study Visit March 2016

Battlefields Study Visit March 2016

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Early on the morning of Monday 21st March, 40 staff and students departed LPA on route to Ypres, Belgium. The purpose of the visit was to visit a number of locations linked to The First World War and to pay our respects to the fallen soldiers.

On the first day we visited the Passchendaele Museum where we experience life in the dug-outs and trenches of WWI. We also visited the site of Hooge Crater that saw huge explosions after the tunnelling and laying of mines during trench warfare.

After checking in at our hotel we had dinner and went on the Menin Gate and be part of the Last Post Ceremony where two year 9 students laid a wreath on behalf of all staff and students at LPA.

On the second day we visited three cemeteries which brought home to use the scale of loss in WWI. At Derry House cemetery we also laid a wreath for a family member of Mr Young. This enabled students to see a link between WWI and the modern day.

As part of the visit we also experienced the culture of Belgium as we walked around Ypres and visited a chocolate shop which was enjoyed by all for the ‘free’ goodies.

After two long but worthwhile days we arrived safely back at school.

Thank you to all staff and students who made the trip run so well.