Year 8 students from EPCS have been learning about life in the trenches and paying their respects to the fallen during their visit to the French and Belgian battlefields.
“Respect and Pride” was shown at all times by our students as Oliver and Charlie laid the wreath at the Menin Gate during the moving Last Past Ceremony. We were even fortunate enough to have our school governor read the exhortation in front of hundreds of visitors from around the world.
We visited the grave of Noel Chavasse, the most decorated victim of the fallen with two Victoria crosses for gallantry and bravery. We also visited the grave of Nellie Spindler, one of only two women laid to rest in the Battlefields of Belgium and France.
The students went into Wellington Quarry to see the tunnels under Arras, where British troops laid in wait to ambush the Germans in 1917. There was also a visit to preserved trenches at Vimy Ridge, the site of a huge commemorative memorial to the Canadian war dead.
All students did Easthampstead Park proud once again, outshining other schools for their respect and behaviour.
John, the governor who accompanied the trip, said, ” I thought the kids were great and the trip a real success – it was particularly heart-warming to see our two boys, dressed smartly in their school uniform, lay the wreath at the Menin Gate: they were a credit to themselves, their parents and the school.”
Many thanks to Mr Blay for organising such a fantastic trip!