Last month, forty four Congleton High year ten history students embarked on an emotional journey to some of the Belgian and French WWI battlefields. Over the few days, the group were able to learn about events that occurred many decades before they were born, which, in turn, has helped to give them a greater understanding of their history coursework.
During the first day of the trip, the students visited The Hooge Crater Museum and took a tour around the Belgian town of Ypres. The group then went on to The Tyne Cot British War Cemetery and the Langemark German War Cemetery where they passed amongst the graves and memorials. The students found these to be both haunting yet fascinating places to visit.
The school was also honoured to be able to take part in the Last Post ceremony at the Menin Gate where students, Nathan Gaunt and Remy Williams, laid a wreath on behalf of Congleton High to commemorate the lives of those who fought for their country.
The following day, the group left Belgium for France, where they visited the some of the Somme battlefields including Newfoundland Park, The Theipval Memorial and the Great Lochnegar mine crater.
The students were also fortunate enough to be able to take a fascinating underground tour underneath the town of Arras to explore a network of tunnels left by British soldiers in 1917.
Eve Ryan, one of the students on the trip, wrote a piece about the trip for the school newsletter and commented:
‘It was a great experience to see the things we have studied in lessons come to life and proved to us that the facts our history teachers taught us are not at all exaggerated. The sites were hard hitting and really important. I believe that everyone should take the opportunity to visit them if they can.’