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Selby High School

Selby High School

Belgium Battlefields 2020

This year’s Belgium battlefields trip allowed a large group of Selby High School students to venture out in to Europe and explore what they had been learning about in Year 8 and 9. This experience has left students with a wide range of knowledge about the impact of the First World War. We discussed at length the impact that the war had on individuals, and as always, it was a great privilege to have visited several graves that were personal to some of our students and staff. Visiting graves of ancestors allows other students to recognise how close the war was to our lives today and the ultimate sacrifice that some of these men made in fighting for the freedom of their country. Students attended the ‘Last Post’ ceremony that is carried out every single day of the year and paid their respects to soldiers that had been identified as part of Miss McCabe’s research project. We visited the resting place of a Selby soldier and shared some information of the man and where he lived in Selby before being killed in action in Belgium. Students also had the opportunity to sample some of the excellent chocolate available in Ypres and their spirits were not dampened by a blustery wind throughout the trip and a lengthy delay on our return journey.

Thanks must also go to all the staff members that attended the trip and for their contribution throughout in making the trip an outstanding success during their half term holidays.

Many thanks for all the parents support in ensuring we had everything necessary to make this another worthwhile trip to the Belgium battlefields.