Belgium Trip Blog 2017

Welcome to the Year 9 Belgium Trip Blog 2017

It’s 10am as we approach Folkestone and the sun is shining.

4.13pm We are now in France…..driving leisurely towards Belgium, taking in the French countryside.  The clocks  jumped ahead an hour, the weather is unusually agreeable….and so are the students.  Poperinge is our first stop in Belgium.

This afternoon our first visit was  Reninghelst New Military Cemetery, where one of the students visited the gravestone of a relative, Pte Mallorie.  Next stop was the Spanbroekmolen Mine Crater & nearby British Military Cemetery. Mr Twigg shared some startling facts, reminding us of how horrific war is…  Our last stop before the youth hostel (and dinner) was Hill 60 / Battle Wood area…  also referred to as Caterpillar Hill.

We arrived at De Lork youth hostel at Kemmel with just enough time to make our beds and get unpacked before a hearty meal!  After dinner,  pencils, pens and workbooks were distributed and all were encouraged to record some of what they had experienced today.  Lastly, an entertaining quiz was provided by Mr Burnham.  For a room full of creatures who had been up since at least 5am, there sure was a lot of (noisy) energy in the room.

Day one is complete with all pupils tucked up, fast asleep in bed.  OK, truthfully, it’s 10 pm, and all are reasonably quiet in their rooms… we’ve got a very busy Tuesday planned.

10am Tuesday morning – after a good night’s rest and a hearty breakfast, we packed our lunch and headed off for a full day …so far we’ve visited:
Essex Farm Cemetery & Bunkers,
Harry Patch Memorial and Langemark German Cemetery

Next stop:*In Flanders Fields Museum in Ypres….

5pm – we are on our way back to the hostel for dinner after visiting museums, cemeteries, the trenches and following some free time in Ypres…could be some students were seen purchasing chocolate!!!  Tonight we plan to attend the Last Post at Menin Gate…

Day 3 10.30am – it’s been a beautiful sunny morning in Bruges and the waffles and ice-cream have been very popular.  We will soon be making our way back to the coach park, then on to le shuttle and home.

11.30am – we are heading for Calais now,  still hoping to get our scheduled 2.20pm crossing.  We still have all 52 students!

4.15pm – we are back in England and have just left Reading services, estimated time of arrival back at Warneford is now the earlier time of 5.05pm.