France and Belgium Trip 2017

2nd October 2017

Mr Bee (Head of Humanities), Mr Tuffnell (Learning & Consequences manager), Ms Hurst (LSA) & Mrs Heron (Custodian) all travelled with 47 students to the Somme Battlefields in France/Belgium. In 2016 Mr Tuffnell had visited as part of the 100 year centenary with two representatives of the academy and on return a further trip was organised with a larger group. The group of students consisted of a mixed range of year 7 – 11 students and excitement had been ongoing for several months prior to leaving.

 As the trip departed late on the Thursday evening the group arrived in Calais early Friday morning before moving into Belgium and visiting Bruges where a boat trip ensured that many of the group saw the true beauty of Bruges before moving onto the war graves cemeteries and realising the full cost of WWI.

 The trip was a fantastic opportunity to venture further afield than most students had the chance to previously and allowed them to experience the battlefields of WWI and how the national commemorates the fallen.

 The students were given the opportunity to parade and lay two wreaths on behalf of the academy at the Last Post Ceremony in Ypres. This is a very special occasion that many people only have the chance to visit rather than partake. The image attached shows students Nina Grzywacz, Cameron Probert, Rebekah Pearson, Mr Tuffnell (ex RAF), Casey Mawer, Jack Hall & Amber Howell prior to their parade under the Gated Archway of Ypres.