April 2017

The Blue Whale Game

Please find below a letter from Mrs Fisher informing you of the blue whale game:

p Principal letter 'Blue Whale Game'

Our latest Enrichment Newsletter is below for you to download:

p Enrichment Newsletter (Issue 1) April 2017

Year 11 GCSE Exam Booklet

All Year 11 students have been given their Exam Booklets, a copy is available to download below:

p Year 11 Exam Booklet 2017

Year 11 Summer Term Intervention

Please find below a copy of our Summer Intervention classes for Year 11's:

p Year 11 Summer Intervention Timetable 2017

Free School Meals

Please find below, information regarding how to see if your son is entitled to a free school meal.

Click on the following link to be transferred to the council website www.gov.uk/apply-free-school-meals 

You can also download the letter below for more information.

p Free School Meal Letter March 2017

Uniform Information

Please note that information regarding our uniform can be found on the link below.

KS3: Liss Sport

KS4/Pe Kit: Liss Sport

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World War 1 French Trip Diary

19/02/2017

We got picked up at 9:45 for the long drive down. Then we arrived at the hotel sharing a room with two boys from a school in Daventry and met World War 1 experts and army staff.

Our next activity was the high ropes.

Sheldon: "I got to the top of 'leap of faith' and the pole got wobbly and then I stood up, I jumped to the bar but missed and I got left hanging"

Donell:"First I went on the leap of faith which I had previous experience with and climbed up it pretty quickly and leapt for the bar. Then we went on the ladder which was extremely hard and took a lot of effort as the gap got wider and we had to climb. But with the help of two others we managed to complete it and get to the top.

 Mr Jones; "Whilst the trip is notionally 2:1 students to staff, by the time the World War 1 experts and permanent army staff are added in, it is more like 1:1. Tonight the teachers were given an overview of the project whilst the boys were having "fun in the sky". The visit looks outstanding with the boys being given insights and experiences I don't expect they will ever be able to access again. Tonight we'll be researching soldiers from Leicester, then having further sport. However, it will be up early as we are on our way to Belgium, where we'll see a very large WW1 cemetery, a battlefield and the boys will get to compare the equipment of 100 years ago with a modern soldiers equipment, thanks to the soldiers attached to the trip! 

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 20/02/2017

Early start for travelling to Belgium.

Our first stop was the Lijssenthoek cemetery which was attached to a hospital. It is the second largest cemetery in Belgium containing 11,000 graves. It was particularly sad when our guide pointed out that due to it being attached to a hospital very few of the soldiers would have had a quick death.

  • We saw a "shot at dawn" soldiers grave
  • A 15 year old soldiers grave
  • A nurses grave.

All the stories were told to us.

Donnel "It was good because, we had to work out that the cemetery was linked to a hospital. We also got to see all the different nationalities graves, ( including Germans buried alongside allies)."

Sheldon "It was memorable because we had time to reflect on how parents would have felt knowing their sons had died terribly and slowly. It made me feel sorry for their families. It was shocking that the families had to pay for their own inscriptions letter by letter when they'd already given so much."

Next up on our travels was the Flanders field museum, we saw real weapons and life sized reconstructions of trenches.

Sheldon "It was fascinating to see how the soldiers lived in the trenches, and how narrow they were."

In the evening we went to the Menin gate, where Donnel laid a wreath in his Lancaster uniform

Donnel "It felt very touching that I had the opportunity to do that. It is something I'll never forget" 

 Early start again tomorrow as we're off to the Somme!

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21/02/2017

One of the events today was a visit to the "sunken lane".

This was the scene of a disaster involving the Lancashire Fusiliers on the 1st July 1916 and I believe it has touched all 3 of us.

The sunken lane is a lane about half way between the British and German lines near Beaumont Hamel, it is still there as is the German line. The Manchester Fusiliers were put into the lane during the bombardment of the German lines, with the idea that they'd only have to go half as far to attack the Germans.

There was a photographer with them who took a photo of the young men at 0630, the attack was due to start at 0730. We were shown the photos and stood in the same spot as the photo was taken. This on its own was quite thought provoking.

The attack was due to be started by blowing a series of mines under the German lines at 0730. Unfortunately for the young men in the photo, there was an argument about their mine and it got blown at 0720. The attack still had to go at 0730, so all that had happened was the Germans had 10 minutes to set up their machine guns, they new the fusiliers were in the lane and they were going to attack at 0730 nearly all the fusiliers in the photo were wiped out by 0732, within 20 metres of the site of the photo. Due to the nature of the way the British buried their war dead, they were buried within about 50 metres.

It was very thought provoking to look at a photo of a group of young men immediately before they went into battle, and be able to see their graves next to were the photo was taken. Donnel was taken by the stupidity of the decision to blow the mine early, whilst Sheldon was surprised by how short a distance they got before being mown down.

The story itself is sad enough, but it was brought home to us by standing literally were they stood, seeing their faces and putting our feet where they put theirs. In the photo below, the man in red is standing where the furthest fusilier got. The tree line to his front is the German front line, and in between and slightly off to the left is where the fusiliers (about 400) are buried, it looks like a dark line on the photo, but is actually the wall of the cemetery and looks inside the same as the photos of the other war graves I've sent.

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Today we had a 2 hour drive to the Somme battlefields

We went to the Canadian memorial at Newfoundland park.

Sheldon "there were a lot of artillery shell holes around the trenches. The trenches were still there but the were overgrown as they'd been left for 100 years. However, from our museum visit yesterday we could clearly see what they once looked like."

Then we had lunch in a French restaurant

Next was "Caterpillar Ridge". An awful lot of the graves unmarked and a lot of nationalities. The number of unmarked graves could have been due to the effects of artillery on the bodies.

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Donnel "We had a view of the German and British front lines the Germans had the higher ground so had a lot of advantages".

This was the first battle in which tanks were used, it was also the site of an Indian cavalry charge which ended in disaster when the horses met barbed wire and machine guns.

Next was the Thiepval memorial where we found the soldiers we researched on Sunday night. There is a photo below with Donnel and Sheldon stood next to 1 names list there were 64 of these on the memorial and these were just the soldiers who went missing on the Somme (72,000 names!)

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Sheldon "I was shocked at how many soldiers were missing."

Donnel "I felt grateful to them for their sacrifice so I could have a better future"

Sheldon "I learnt a lot today and it was memorable"

Tonight Sheldon and Donnel will be comparing army equipment from WW1 to modern day equipment.

 

 

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