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Year 6 Trip to Ypres in Belgium - Thursday 22nd March 2018

Our intrepid Year 6 explorers were waved off bright and early on Thursday morning. On arrival in Belgium, the group started their day at the Menin Gates and located the names of soldiers from our local communities. As well as this many children spent time searching for names from their own families. From the Menin Gates we made our way to Hill 62 and Sanctuary Wood Museum. The children had the opportunity to listen to Sergeant O’Grady talk about the advantage of Hill 62 and its significance for British and Commonwealth soldiers. One of the many highlights of the day was the opportunity to explore the trenches here. It is now one of the few places on the Ypres Salient battlefields where an original trench layout can be seen in some resemblance of what it might have looked like - this experience truly brought the children's learning experiences of 'trench-life' to light. After lunch, the children visited Tyne Cot cemetery, the largest Commonwealth War Graves Commission cemetery in the world. It is now the resting place of more than 11,900 servicemen of the British Empire from the First World War. Following a poignant reflection lead by Thomas Campbell, the children were able to lay the crosses and poems on the graves of soldiers. What a powerful and significant end to the children's learning about our fallen soldiers, 100 years after the end of World War One. A huge thank you to all of the adults, particularly to Sergeant O’Grady and Pete Evans, who made this trip possible through the Armed Forces Covenant Grant. We hope you enjoy looking at all of the photos!