Friday 25 April 2014

SIXTH FORM Age 16-18

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Battlefield Trenches

Despite some bitterly cold weather, the 100 Lower 5 girls on this year's trip responded sensitively to the battlefields, cemeteries and museums which they saw. After a bracing channel crossing, the first afternoon was spent in the Ypres area, where recent heavy rain had flooded the fields and gave us all an insight into why the mud of the First World War became so notorious. In the evening, Katie Otman and Deeva Maroo presented a wreath at the Menin Gate on behalf of the school.

Our visit to Vimy and the Somme battlefields on Day Two gave further understanding of the scale of the conflict and a sense of the importance of the landscape. That evening the girls delivered some brief, group presentations on how they had been affected by the trip.

On the last morning we visited the excellent ‘In Flanders Field’ museum. Many of the girls were particularly affected by the powerful ‘nomansland’ experience. We were also moved to see the display of poppies by the Menin Gate being positioned in readiness for the Remembrance events on 11 November.

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