We have spent a really wonderful day exploring sites in the Somme region. Both coaches have visited a number of sites linked to activity that took place on 1st July 1916. We were given a tour of Newfoundland Park, following in the steps of the Canadian soldiers who fought and died on the first day of the battle. We also visited Lochnagar Crater and the Devonshire cemetery. Students listened to Mr McChleery, who read a poem by William Hodgson, written in the days leading up to the battle. Both coaches met at the Thiepval Memorial and found names of men who are recorded as missing in the Somme region. We also got a chance to visit the South African memorial at Delville Wood.
Our students have been engaged, polite and joy to spend time with. This evening some students and staff have sampled snails as an evening activity. We’ve been proud to receive positive comments about our students from members of the public at sites we’ve visited.
Tomorrow we go to Belgium.