WW1 Battlefields Centenary Trip
Two year 8 students from Nova Hreod Academy were selected to take part in the WW1 Battlefields Centenary Trip. It was a very moving and poignant trip as we have just remembered 100 years since the end of WW1. Together with Mrs Hobson, Asa and Kenneth attended a number of different sites including the last post ceremony at the Menin Gate memorial where they paid their respects to the thousands of missing soldiers. Next stop was the Passendale Memorial museum where the students had the chance to explore a recreated dugout and trenches including bomb shelters; visited a number of battlefield cemeteries where we listened to accounts and remembered specific soldiers.
One of the memorable parts of the trip was day we went to the Somme and were able to see the battlefields sites up close; we were not allowed to walk on one of the sites as it still contained many unexploded shells and landmines.
Year 8 have been studying Journey's End and the poetry of Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon, and the trip was an opportunity for students to understand the context of these works. Asa and Kenneth agreed that this was an amazing trip and they felt privileged to be chosen out of the whole of year 8 to attend.