During March, Shonna Brennan and Lauren Freeth from Year 10 returned from a unique education programme and battlefield tour in Belgium and Northern France.
The First World War Centenary Battlefield Tours Programme is designed to help teachers and students from every school in England teaching Key Stage 4 to develop a deeper understanding of the Great War.
Students from Perry Beeches as well as 15 other schools joined a four-day tour to the Western Front accompanied by professional battlefield guides and serving soldiers.
During the tour, the students attended The Last Post Ceremony in Ypres, which takes place under the Menin Gate every single night of the year. Here buglers of the Ypres volunteer Fire Brigade sound the ‘Last Post’ before a minute’s silence to reflect on the sacrifice of those lost.
The group also visited museums, battlefield sites, memorials and cemeteries including the Commonwealth War Grave sites of Tyne Cot Cemetery near Ypres, Belgium and Thiepval Memorial in the Somme, France. Going out to the battlefields and seeing the landscape and the history of the war made it easier for students to visualise the scale of the war and the lives lost.