Kingsmead year 10 history students went on a trip over the Easter holiday to Ypres and The Somme. The trip was tailored to exploring the impact that The Great War had on Somerset and in particular on the 10 Parishes surrounding Wiveliscombe. Students were given documents by the Somerset Museum detailing the names, ages and locations of local soldiers who fought and fell in battles on The Somme and around Ypres. As part of the trip students spent time laying poppies, with messages from all members of the school community at their memorial site, whether that was a marked grave, a message on the Menin Gate or the Thiepval Memorial.
Head of Learning for Humanities Phil Arnold said “The whole experience and attitude of our students embedded the powerful impact a trip of this nature can have on learning and understanding of our identity. Every student behaved with respect, curiosity and courtesy whilst engaging in a topic area that has shaped Britain so greatly.”
The school have been working throughout this academic year with the Somerset Museum devising a day of commemoration to remember the outbreak of World War 1, due to take place later this year.