Battlefields trip a great success between the two schools
Eleven Rushcroft Foundation students joined thirty Chingford Foundation Students for an unforgettable 5 days, 4 nights Battlefields tour of France and Belgium along with staff from both schools.
The trip involved a 3:45am meet at Chingford Foundation School on Thursday 28th April, but the early start was needed as severe delays were encountered on the way to the Channel Tunnel. The party stayed in a town house converted to a hostel in historic Ypres, with all travel by coach to complete a varied and fascinating itinerary. Excellent evening meals were enjoyed at a local restaurant where students could relax and reflect upon the events of the day in an inclusive social setting.
I would recommend this trip for anyone wanting to get a close up feel of history in these areas. It covered many different aspects of wars which have rampaged through the regions throughout history. Over the 5 days there were excursions covering aspects of World War 1 (Ypres, Passchendaele, Arras ), World War 2 (Hitler’s Atlantic Wall near Dunkirk), and even the Napoleonic War where a visit was paid to both Wellington’s residence and the site of the famous Battle of Waterloo. If this was not enough, the final day was spent in beautiful, medieval Bruges where a day was spent soaking in the culture (and the local chocolate).
This was the first combined trip of this kind and it was nice to see students from both schools mingling and the behaviour of all present was impeccable. Nowhere was this more evident than at The Last Post Ceremony at the Menin Gate where a student from each school laid a wreath together to commemorate the fallen and unknown during the conflict. This solemn and reflective occasion was immaculately observed by all students despite the large crowd present.
The school should be proud of all the students who enjoyed a memorable educational experience, hope you enjoy a cross section of photos from the trip.
Mr Day and Ms Smith