Trips Week: Belgium Upper IV


This week, the UIVs have gone on a joint French and History trip to Belgium. On Tuesday, we travelled to multiple wartime cemeteries, both British and German, and laid a wreath next to the list of missing soldiers from the Royal Berkshire regiment at Tynecote. After a stop at a chocolate shop, we attended the Last Post ceremony at the Menin gate, a daily remembrance ceremony including wreath laying, trumpets and a special performance by a marching band.

On Wednesday, we drove into France for some French culture and speaking activities. This included learning about baking bread (in French) and going around a French market.

by Amelia and Tabitha

We laid a wreath and held a minute silence in Tyne Cot Cemetery whilst Mr Maynard spoke to the students about the history of the Royal Berkshire Regiment.

We visited Leijsenhoek cemetery and found Nellie Spindler’s grave. She is one of the only two women to have been buried in a British cemetery.

Upper IV visited a boulangerie that has been baking traditional bread for over 100 years. They got to roll their pain de campagne and take some out of the oven. We also got to eat fresh pain au chocolat!

We had a great time at the beach in the afternoon, playing a competitive game of rounders with half-buried teachers acting as the posts.

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