Late on the 18th May 45 pupils and 4 members of staff arrived at Aylsham High School ready for the History’s department’s trip to Ypres. It was an awesome day which went a little like this ….
23:30: Depart from school
04:30: Arrive at Dover and board the ferry
07:00: Arrive at Calais
09:00 arrive at Ypres
14:00 depart Ypres
16:00: arrive back at Calais for the ferry home
22:00 Arrive back at school
As you can imagine it was jam packed day! Whilst in Ypres we made the most of our time there. We visited Essex Farm cemetery, The German cemetery at Langemark, Hooge Crater museum, the centre of Ypres to see Menin Gate (and the best chocolate and Belgian waffle shop in Ypres) and finally we visited Tynecot cemetery. Tynecot is a massive cemetery and it really shows you quite dramatically just how many lives were lost in World War One when you see for yourself both the amount of graves and the huge list of names of soldiers whose bodies were never found. One of our students managed to locate the name of one of his relatives on one of the lists of the missing which was a poignant moment.
All in all a fantastic and moving trip for all. A long day but very worthwhile! Lest we forget.