Year 9 Battlefields Visit

Pupils in Year 9 travelled to Belgium last week for the annual Battlefields Visit to learn about the history of World War I and II.

Upon arrival to Ypres, pupils visited the ‘In Flanders Field’ Museum and looked at artefacts and videos, which captured different people’s perspectives of World War I.  Pupils were also able to trace potential relatives who lost their lives to defend their country.

Pupils then attended a ceremony where they observed the last post at the Menin Gate, built for those who lost their lives in World War I, and laid two wreaths between them, on behalf of Clifton High School. 

On the second day, pupils learnt about how brioche and profiteroles are made and learnt about the history behind them – pupils even had the opportunity to taste freshly made bakes! Following this, the group visited four cemeteries, including Essex Farm, where men as young as fifteen years old were buried and Langemark Cemetery, where pupils were astonished to see that there were mass German graves, which contained 27,000 German soldiers. Pupils discovered that the Jews found it more appropriate to put stones on graves instead of roses as stones last forever and, in this way, the memory of their ancestors would never be forgotten.

On the final day, pupils visited the Lys Adventure High Ropes Course in a woodland area outside of Lille. Both pupils and staff were challenged physically and mentally in order to complete the course and demonstrated excellent confidence throughout.  Once back on solid ground, everyone went to the Jules Destrooper Visitors Centre to learn about the history of their biscuits and sample their range before buying souvenirs for the return journey home.