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WWI CENTENARY TOUR: RESPECT & REMEMBER

Our Year 6 pupils have just returned from our first overseas residential visit (8th-12th September 2014).  We visited Belgium and France, as part of a group of five primary schools from Preston and Longridge: St Wilfrid’s, Grange, Barnacre Road, Goosnargh Oliverson’s and Lea. During our trip, the children had some fantastic experiences, including having the honour of participating in the Last Post Ceremony at the Menin Gate in Ypres, where representatives of all the schools laid a wreath of poppies in remembrance.

http://www.greatwar.co.uk/events/menin-gate-last-post-ceremony.htm

The children also visited Bruges, Passchendaele and several sites on the Somme in France.  We also had lots of fun on the beach and enjoyed lots of ice cream, waffles and hot chocolate!

The pupils were accompanied by Mr McHugh, Miss H. Hall and Mrs Ashworth.  We were all so proud of the children who showed great respect and enthusiasm for every activity and experience.  So often we were approached by visitors and tourists who commented on the exemplary behaviour and attitude of the children. Here’s an email we received upon return…

Dear Mr McHugh, I feel that I need to contact you regarding your Year 6 children’s trip to Beaumont-Hamel last week and how impressed I was with the children’s behaviour and conduct, it brought a tear to my eye to see the children being so polite and interested in what happened there nearly 100 years ago. It was a real pleasure watching the children learning about the cost of freedom, as a veteran (Falklands) and I appreciate you and your colleagues’ efforts in teaching our children about the respect these old soldiers deserve. As an ex-paratrooper would you please pass on my thanks to your children and staff (some of whom I spoke to) and let them know how proud I was to be able to let people know that the school was near where I live in Blackpool. Yours sincerely, Michael **********.

Thank you to the accompanying staff and well done to all our Year 6 children who took part in the trip – your parents and teachers are all so proud of you! 

The trip was such a huge success we aim to make an annual residential trip abroad for all our children when they enter Year 6 so watch this space…

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