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CCA visit to Ypres

posted 26 Feb 2014, 06:41 by H Slim


On the 12th to 14th February, 43 Year 9 students visited the Battlefields sites of the First World War to pay their respects to those who fell in the conflict.

During the three day residential trip the party was based at Ieper, known as Ypres, or Wipers, by the British troops during World War One, in the Flanders province of Belgium.  The pupils visited many interesting sites, such as the preserved trenches at Sanctuary Wood, Hooge Crater and the Cloth Hall (In Flanders Fields) Museum. The students also paid their respects to the fallen soldiers buried in Essex Farm cemetery, Tyne Cot cemetery, and the only German cemetery in Ypres, Langermark.

The group, in the cold weather, on Wednesday evening witnessed the famous Last Post Ceremony at the Menin Gate in Ypres.  The Menin Gate was built in 1927 and records the names of over 54,000 British and Commonwealth soldiers who died in the Ypres Salient who have no known grave.  Every evening there is a short ceremony in their memory and buglers from the Belgian Fire Brigade play the Last Post. The students from CCA were wonderful ambassadors for the school, as the behaviour at this memorial site was fabulous.

The History Department was highly impressed with the attitude and behaviour of the pupils on the Battlefields Trip 2014, and this was also commented on by the coach driver and HM Customs’ officials.

All in all the Battlefields Trip was once again a fantastic success, enjoyed by all who came with us!

The History Department & co

Miss Beach, Mr Sears, Mr Hanson, Mr Crabb & Mr Tooze