History GCSE Battlefield Trip
At the crack of dawn on Thursday 3rd November 2011 44 GCSE year 9 and 10 History students left the Harefield Academy to visit the World War One battlefields in Ypres for three days. The trip was packed full of lots of different experiences of warfare. The tour was based around the Ypres Salient for two days, an area of intense fighting during the war. We visited Langemarck Cemetery - for the German soldiers who fell in World War One followed by Essex farm cemetery where John McCrae wrote the poem in Flanders fields. We also visited the Menin Gate, the memorial to all those who were lost in Ypres during World War One and whose bodies were never found. We attended the Last Post Ceremony, which is held there every night, and Jade Tufano ( Year 10) , Courtney Stone (year 9 ) and Gregor Zych (Year 12) laid a wreath from The Harefield Academy in memory of all those who died in World War One. We also visited some trenches at Sanctuary Wood and the Bayenwald trenches and walked through them to get an idea of what day to day life must have been like for the soldiers.