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The Cardinal Wiseman Catholic School

The Cardinal Wiseman Catholic School

Somme Trip

The History department marked the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War by taking forty three enthusiastic Year 9 historians to the Somme and Flanders battlefields for a three day trip.

 The History department marked the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War by taking forty three enthusiastic Year 9 historians to the Somme and Flanders battlefields for a three day trip.

Students showed wonderful respect and sensitivity for their surroundings in such a special year. Niamh Campbell and Michael Forsyth laid a school wreath at the famous Menin Gate ceremony, while the group also visited the Tyne Cot cemetery where 11,000 British and Commonwealth soldiers of the Great War are buried.

There were also trips to the Irish Peace Tower at Messines, the German cemetery of Langemarck, the Canadian Vimy Ridge tunnels and Newfoundland Park, the latter commemorating the deadly first day of the Somme in 1916.

On a lighter note, students competed individually to take the best photographs of their surroundings, in groups for a quiz on the Great War and received a variety of trip awards.

The behaviour of Wiseman students was absolutely impeccable. They were fascinated to discover first hand the sacrifices made by so many men not very much older than them, to whom we all owe a huge debt of gratitude. This was a trip made fantastic by the conduct and attitude of our Year 9 students.

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