During this year's autumn half-term holiday from 12-17 October, 70 pupils in S3-S6 and 10 staff took part in the Battlefields Trip, organised by Mr Davidson and Mrs Robert-Christensen and led by Mrs Stratford and Mr Gibb.
This took place on the 100th commemoration of the end of World War One and it was a very intense and emotional trip for all involved. Pupils and staff alike were taken on a journey of remembrance and we had the opportunity to learn more about several former pupils who fought during the Great War. This enabled us to relate to the soldiers on a very personal level.
Mr Roffe also contributed by selecting a range of poetry from the era, and the poems enhanced the visits and enabled the pupils to understand the historical context and frame of mind of the people at the time. The whole trip was lifted by the Pipe band, expertly led by Mr Simpson and Mr Harvey. They added to the sense of occasion and made the ceremonies all the more poignant, in particular the visits to the Thiepval Memorial (Somme) and to Tyne Cot Cemetery (Passchendaele).
However, the real culmination of the trip was at the Menin Gate on our last evening as one of our pupil, Calum Rennie played the solo and was then joined by the rest of the Pipe band. They finished in style by marching more than 1000 visitors back to the city centre of Ypres and playing a few of their songs in an impromptu concert.
This was undoubtedly a trip that many will remember for years to come, and a fitting tribute to all those who gave their lives during the conflict.
Mrs Elodie Robert-Christensen
Teacher of History