NBH Students Commemorate WW1 Centenary in Belgium
To coincide their Autumn term GCSE studies with the centenary of World War One, Year 10 History students from North Bridge House Senior Hampstead swapped school shelter for the tale-telling trenches of Belgium. Led by Assistant Head and Head of History, Mr Garrett, all 57 students travelled to Ypres to visit the WW1 Battlefields and take advantage of the exciting opportunity to engage with history beyond the classroom.
Tracing Family Heroes
Pupils were able to see first-hand the famous sites they’d read about and tread the very trenches that had led to a bloody end for so many soldiers, gaining a truly authentic insight into the lives of WW1 heroes. Arriving at the largest British War Cemetery in the world, two of the Year 10 pupils managed to find the graves of their relatives who had fought in battles between 1914 and 1918. Needless to say, this really brought GCSE History students’ learning into perspective and deepened the context of their studies.
Meeting Heroes at the Last Post Ceremony
During the three-day trip, pupils experienced the emotional Last Post ceremony at the Menin Gate in Ypres, which marked the centenary of the third battle of Passchendaele and the Battle of the Menin Road Bridge on September 20th 1917. In remembrance of the men from Camden, London who lost their lives, North Bridge House pupils Artie, Francesca and Leo lay a wreath on behalf of all staff and pupils at NBH Senior School. Several Commonwealth War Grave Commissioners were also at the ceremony that evening, including the Vice chairman of the commission, Sir Tim Laurence. After the ceremony, Sir Tim took some time to speak to North Bridge House Senior Hampstead’s History teacher, Mr Kidd about the importance of History in schools and he commended the pupils on their conduct and engagement with the veterans at the ceremony.
Exploring the Flanders area of Belgium added great depth to North Bridge House students’ GCSE studies, and pupils have returned not just more knowledgeable but with even greater curiosity for their learning.
Published on: 22nd September 2017