Year 11 Parent Forum
Year 11 students have been given a letter regarding the upcoming Parent Form, you can download a copy below:
Please note the Parent Forum will be held at 5:30 - 6:30pm
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Year 11 Spring Intervention
Please find below, information timetable regarding the Spring term Intervention:
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KS3: Liss Sport
KS4/Pe Kit: Liss Sport
World War 1 French Trip Diary
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.
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"
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.
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.
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!)
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.