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French and History Trip

Posted On 19 Dec 2019
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44 students from Years 8, 9 & 10, with 4 members of staff, travelled to Ebblinghem, Northern France on a residential French and History trip last week. The aims of the visit were for students to learn about French culture, practice their French in real life situations and to develop their understanding of the First World War. Students visited a traditional French bakery and sweet factory, went shopping in Boulogne and visited the Christmas market in Lille. They visited important historic sites such as Vimy Ridge, Thiepval, Newfoundland Park and Essex Farm Cemetery, as well as the ‘In Flanders Fields Museum’ and the Menin
gate in Ypres, Belgium. At Essex Farm Cemetery students laid a wreath at the grave of Pte Valentine Strudwick, England’s youngest casualty of the Great War who was killed in action at the Ypres Salient aged just 15 (pictured are Bailey Williamson and Ellie Spencer laying the wreath). They were also privileged to attend to Last Post ceremony at the Menin Gate, an incredibly moving experience. Mrs Pickering has praised the students and commented that they were fantastic ambassadors for the school and our country.

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