Earlier this year Nidderdale High School took 44 students from Year 9 to France and Belgium for four days to see the Battlefields sights from the First World War.
The first evening was spent at the Menin Gate, where every student found the name of a unknown soldier they had researched. Students spent a day in France visiting Vimy Ridge, Newfoundland Park and Thiepval, the memorial for the missing from the Battle of the Somme. The students read war poetry that they had produced in history lessons and Max Holland presented a wreath in remembrance to the soldiers who died. The ceremony was incredibly moving and staff felt immensely proud of the students.
The following day was spent in Belgium visiting the sites around Ypres- Tyne Cott Cemetery, Langemark German cemetery, Flanders Field Museum to name a few. That evening, Louis Foxton and Eilidh Anderson presented a wreath in front of the town of Ypres at the Menin Gate.
It was a very proud moment for the students, staff and school. The headteacher described the trip as “the best trip he has ever been on”. Joe Wilson, Year 9, said “It was one of the best weeks of my life”.
The battlefields trip was a huge success and places on the 2014 trip have been snapped up by the current Year 8.