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Students learn about First World War on trip to Europe
8:00am Tuesday 3rd September 2013 in News
STUDENTS from Leigh, Golborne and Lowton visited Belgium and France to learn about the First World War.
A group of 36 Year 10 and 12 students visited Ypres in Belgium, the scene of three horrific battles, where they learnt the cause and impact of the war at the In Flanders Fields Museum.
The Hope Academy students then visited the Tyne Cot British Cemetery and held a service of remembrance for those who lost their lives.
Andrew McGeown, the head of humanities, said “The Highlight of our trip to Ypres was when six of our students laid a wreath at the Last Post Ceremony at the Menin Gate.
“This was a very moving experience and we were very proud of our students who were very dignified and respectful at this very prolific event.”
Chloe Hryziuk and Zach Fagan from Golborne, Lydia Washington from Lowton and Abagail Wilkinson Horne from Tyldesley were amongst those who attended.
They also visited the German Cemetery in Langemarck and the Passchendaele Museum, where students got to experience life in the Trenches.
On the way home, they stopped at the area where the Battle of the Somme occurred on the July 1 1916 to get a sense of the scale of the death toll.
Mr McGeown said: “Overall the students had a wonderful time and were a credit to Hope Academy. They were dignified and respectful throughout their visit.”
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