History students visit Ypres

    Posted on: 22/03/2017

    On Thursday 9th March, a group of historians embarked on a memorable learning experience to the Ypres Salient in Belgium.  We re-traced the events in Belgium during the First World War; beginning with a visit to the Passchendaele Museum and finishing at the Vimy Ridge memorial in France.  During our tour of the Ypres Salient, students were able to reflect on the impact of war at Essex Farm and Tyne Cot cemetery.  Students gained an insight into the negative impact and the loss of life, as well as the positive impact the war had on medical advances.  Talbot House gave the students an opportunity to consider the experiences of the soldiers away from the trenches, and have a nice British cup of tea in the beautiful gardens.  We concluded our day by paying our respects to the dead at the Last Post ceremony at the Menin Gate.  Our students were a credit to the school and I thoroughly enjoyed my three days with them.   

    I would like to take this opportunity to thank all parents and staff at Spires Academy for supporting this educational experience for our students.  I look forward to visiting Belgium again in the future.

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