History Battlefields Trip 2016

historybattlefields2016During the Easter holidays, Mr Rayson, Mr Farrer, Mr Richmond, Miss Brennan and Miss Rusling took 41 GCSE students to the battlefields of World War One. The purpose of the trip was to help GCSE students gain a better understanding of the key battles on the Western Front, the conditions that men fought in on both sides and how they are now remembered. The trip included site visits to the untouched battlefield at Newfoundland Park, the stunning memorial to the missing at Thiepval and the replica trenches and dugouts at the Passchendaele Memorial Museum. At Tyne Cot Cemetery, we were able to add a local dimension as we lay a Poppy Cross where James Poole of Byron Street, Runcorn is memorialised on the wall to the Missing. The students were also able to explore Ypres itself, including its stunning cathedral and chocolate shops to buy gifts for home.

During our trip the students were a credit to the school throughout and their exemplary behaviour was commented on by members of staff at the accommodation, the tour guide and our coach driver. A particular highlight of the trip was the opportunity for four of our students to take part in the prestigious Menin Gate ceremony and lay wreaths on behalf of St Chad’s. Mollie Jones, a Year 10 pupil who took part, said “It was a great honour to take part in such an important and emotional ceremony. I felt privileged to experience something that has been taking place ever since the end of the war, and incredibly grateful to all those soldiers whose names were written on the walls of the gate.”

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