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FAR FROM HOME: Croxley school completes first ever foreign trip to WW1 battlefields

 Published on: 14th August 2022   |   By: Bryn Holmes   |   Category: Uncategorized

Croxley Danes School has recently completed its first ever field trip abroad since its foundation in 2017.

Over the weekend of July 15-18, 57 Year 10 students and seven members of staff travelled across Northern France and Belgium, touring the area’s many memorials to the First World War whilst also enjoying the sun and the seaside.

Highlights of the trip included visits to the infamous Dodengang, otherwise known as the Trench of Death, the imposing memorial at Vimy Ridge and the Wellington Quarry, where the students were taken 20 metres underground to experience what it was like for soldiers tunnelling their way towards enemy positions.

Two students from Croxley Danes also took part in a moving memorial service at the Menin Gate in Ypres, Belgium, laying a wreath on behalf of the whole school. This is something they hope shall become a tradition in years to come. Students also got to leisurely explore the cities of Ypres in Belgium and Arras in France.

Overall, the visit has been considered a huge success by the school and the students, with the trip planned to run again next year for any pupil taking GCSE History or Religious Studies.

Photo credits to Johan Bakker.

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