On 11th November 2015, some Harrow Way students and staff got to experience Armistice Day first hand by visiting some World War One Battlefields in Ypres, Belgium. They ended the day by paying their respects by laying a poppy wreath at Menin Gate.
Curriculum leader for History, Mrs C Essop, summarised the day:
“We had a very memorable and moving day yesterday and managed to cram in a lot in the time that we had. We began the day visiting Tyne Cot Cemetery, the biggest Commonwealth war cemetery in Europe, as well as other cemeteries such as Essex Farm and in contrast, the German cemetery, Langemark.
We also visited Hill62 at Sanctuary Wood where the British trenches still exist today. The students (and staff!) very much enjoyed walking through the mud like soldiers would have done all those years ago!
As well as a number of other places, we rounded the day off by experiencing the Last Post Ceremony at the Menin Gate. It was an extremely moving experience, especially when the guns fired and our National Anthem was played.”
A gallery of pictures can be viewed here.