48 Year 10 and 11 pupils visited London last week with Miss Richardson, Mrs Clarke, Mrs Almond and Mrs Ramsay. The two day visit took place to commemorate a hundred years since the beginning of the First World War.
On the first day we visited the poppy installation at the Tower of London. This breath-taking display of 888,246 ceramic poppies fill the Tower of London’s moat and each one represents the death of a British or Commonwealth citizen during World War One.
Next we went to the Imperial War Museum, with a focus on the new World War One exhibit. This was an emotive and informative experience that pupils wished they had even longer to absorb!
In the evening we went to a performance of the excellent War Horse in the West End, the story was so moving it reduced some pupils to tears!
On the Friday we attended a series of lectures on the origins, events and consequences of the First World War, including one by TV broadcaster and journalist Jeremy Paxman. Many of the pupils found his presentations so interesting they bought and had them signed by Mr Paxman. Some even had their photo taken with him! Finally we were a part of a short memorial service for those soldiers who died in World War One. There was a rendition of the last post and 3 Chelsea Pensioners laid wreaths of poppies.
Although tired when returning home everyone found the visit enjoyable, emotional and informative.
For futher photographs of our visit please click here.