The tour company Battlefront Exploration delivered an interactive presentation to the 13s on life on the Western Front, in anticipation of their annual trip to Ypres in Belgium.
As part of the fascinating talk,pupils learnt how the Front was created and the strategic significance of Ypres as a town that had to be held, at all costs. Pupils were then able to see some key landmarks of the First World War and the remnants of the destruction it caused in Ypres itself. The itinerary included visits to the Menin Gate, the preserved trenches at Sanctuary Wood, Tyne Cot Cemetery and a number of other World War One sites. At Tyne Cot the group held their annual reading of In Flanders Field by John McCrae, and laid a wreath on behalf of the Harrodian. They also paid their respects at the German cemetery at Langemark.