Year 8 Belgium trip

Belgium update:

Another jam-packed and busy day. After an early continental breakfast, we left the hotel to firstly visit the Menin Gate (where almost 55,000 names of soldiers whose bodies were never found are enscribed on the wall) and hugely informative Flanders Field museum before picking up our tour guide. Our guide was a fountain of knowledge and took us to visit the huge craters and bunkers at Hill 60, the biggest commonwealth war memorial at Tyne Cot, the German cemetery at Langemark, the Northumberland Fusiliers memorial and Essex Farm where the famous poem ‘In Flanders Field’ by John McCrae was written. We also got to visit the resting place of Abel and Lily’s relatives which was a truly moving experience. After a visit back to the hotel for some much-needed food, we went back into the market square to visit the chocolate shops (and practically cleared them out!) before then watching the Last Post Ceremony at the Menin Gate. After returning to the hotel, we then treated ourselves to a hot chocolate with marshmallows and then wrote some poetry about our experiences so far with some absolutely amazing results. The pupils have been fantastic!