History half term visit to Ypres Salient - A trip leader's perspective



Over the half term break 18 students from Years 9-11 undertook an extensive trip of the Ypres Salient in Belgium. Over the 3 days we visited several cemeteries, both Allied and German: a trench system, several museums and some important battlefield sites connected particularly to the Battle of Passchendaele (1917) and the 3rd Battle of Ypres (1918). On the final night, we attended the Menin Gate service in Ypres itself, which is especially poignant as it is the centenary of the final battle of Ypres this year.

This was a robust trip and the students were helped in gaining a better understanding of trench conditions by some cold weather while we were there. As always, the students bonded well despite being from different year groups. It was a pleasure to see their interest develop over the course of the trip and by the end myself and Mr. Barman were constantly fielding questions surrounding the sites we were attending. I want to thank the students and Mr. Barman for making this trip an extremely successful and informative experience.