School be­gins end of war com­mem­o­ra­tions

Ormskirk Advertiser - - Front Page -

PUPILS and staff from St Bede’s Catholic High School in Orm­skirk have be­gun their com­mem­o­ra­tion and re­mem­brance of the cen­te­nary of the end­ing of WWI.

The school has gath­ered names of those killed in ac­tion from the lo­cal area.

These sol­diers’ and sailors’ names have been writ­ten on pop­pies by pupils as an act of re­mem­brance.

At the end of Septem­ber, Mrs Roberts, the head of the his­tory depart­ment, led a school trip which was pow­er­ful and emo­tional.

On the day be­fore de­par­ture, stu­dents and staff gath­ered for a re­mem­brance ser­vice, which was led by the school chap­lain Clare Guidi, and the ser­vice in­cluded a poignant playing of Last Post by a Year 9 pupil.

The school trip was to the bat­tle­field and ceme­ter­ies of Ypres Salient in Bel­gium and the bat­tle­field of the Somme.

Pupils vis­ited the Hooge Crater Mu­seum and Sanc­tu­ary Wood (Hill 62 Mu­seum) which in­cluded an ex­plo­ration of the day to day life and con­di­tions in the trench sys­tem.

The group also vis­ited Lange­mark, the Ger­man ceme­tery in the area. Later in the day they vis­ited Tyne Cot Bri­tish Ceme­tery and me­mo­rial to those sol­diers with no known grave.

At the Pass­chen­daele Mu­seum the group ex­plored a newly re­con­structed trench sys­tem rep­re­sent­ing some of the most ac­cu­rate de­pic­tions of the trenches of the Great War.

The fol­low­ing day, vis­its were made to Vimy Ridge and then Lochna­gar Crater at La Bois­selle on the Somme bat­tle­field.

Fur­ther sites on the Somme, such as Thiepval Me­mo­rial and the New­found­land Park near Beau­mont Hamel, were ex­plored.

The day ended in a mov­ing way at the Last Post Cer­e­mony at the Menin Gate, where pupils laid a wreath.

The last day fo­cused on the med­i­cal de­vel­op­ments dur­ing the war.

This in­cluded vis­its to Es­sex Farm Ceme­tery and Dress­ing Sta­tion and the ceme­ter­ies near to the World War One med­i­cal bases.

St Bede’s stu­dents were left very moved by the ex­pe­ri­ence.

Re­becca from Year 10 said: “Tyne Cot was very im­pres­sive but also up­set­ting due to the amount of peo­ple who had died and were buried there.

“Vimy Ridge was great too; I found the me­mo­rial un­be­liev­able, it was mas­sive and is some­thing I will al­ways remember.

“Go­ing into the un­der­ground tun­nels and be­ing where the sol­diers worked was in­ter­est­ing as you could see where they once fought in those ter­ri­ble con­di­tions.

“The Menin Gate cer­e­mony was very spe­cial and mov­ing; Last Post be­ing played was an in­cred­i­ble ex­pe­ri­ence as I have never heard it be­ing played with such re­spect and I will never for­get it.”

Rok­sana from Year 10 said: “I have learnt so much over last week­end and I will be sure to in­cor­po­rate it in my fu­ture GCSE his­tory work.

“One of my favourite things that we did was vis­it­ing the Vimy Ridge.

“I loved this ex­pe­ri­ence be­cause I just couldn’t be­lieve how beau­ti­ful it was. The sculp­ture was amaz­ing, and the view was sim­ply over­pow­er­ing.

“More­over, it helped me un­der­stand the ter­rain the sol­diers had to bat­tle in, such as the small craters from the shells and ar­tillery and the trench lo­ca­tions.”

Liam from Year 11 said: “Dur­ing this trip I have learned a lot about WWI, it has been an amaz­ing ex­pe­ri­ence of ev­ery­where we have vis­ited.

“Ev­ery­thing I got to see was an eye opener for me. From lit­tle things like the bul­lets and shrap­nel, to the big­ger things like the ceme­ter­ies.

“Ev­ery­thing gets put into per­spec­tive when you get to see them your­self.

“I have never thought about how many peo­ple died dur­ing the First World War, but even see­ing one ceme­tery has changed my per­spec­tive and made me gain more re­spect for each and ev­ery one of those sol­diers, from the high­est rank­ing, to the ones who didn’t even get named.”

Pupils from St Bede’s, Orm­skirk on their school trip to the bat­tle­field and ceme­ter­ies of Ypres Salient in Bel­gium and the bat­tle­field of the Somme Pupils from St Bede’s, Orm­skirk at the re­mem­brance ser­vice be­fore they left on their trip Pupils from St Be

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.