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No less than 94 Year 7 students travelled to Belgium just before Christmas on the annual World War 1 Battlefield Tour to Ypres in Belgium. The annual Christmas Tour usually has 45 students in one coach travelling but the demand was so high this year that we had to book a second coach and in the end 94 students travelled.

Our first stop was at 9 Elms Cemetery where a number of servicemen from Gravesend are buried and in addition the legendary All Black Rugby Captain David Gallaher. From there it was onto Essex Farm Cemetery [John Macrae] and Passchendaele Museum with its myriad of underground rooms and bunkers. Onto Poelkapelle Cemetery [John Condon at 13 the youngest casualty], Spanbrokmolen Carter and Prowse Point where the Christmas Truce 1914 broke out and where the legendary Christmas Day 1914 Football Match took place. Back to Leper for the Christmas Market, skating and chocolate purchase and finally attendance at the Last Post Ceremony at the Menin Gate.

Everyone arrived back at School at 11pm, tired but a day full of education, learning and fun.


Some 15 students from the International Club visited the Battle of Britain Memorial, Capel le Ferne in mid January; the International Club is aimed at students whose heritage is from other than these islands and is run every Thursday by Mrs Perera. The focus of the visit was to draw attention to the contribution made by pilots in the Battle of Britain who came from Poland, Czech Republic, France and elsewhere in Europe. The 15 students and two staff – Mrs Perera and Mr Murphy were taken on a tour of the site specific to the concept mentioned previously. The ongoing and follow up work by the students will be collated into a study on the contribution of these European pilots and of shared Heritage.


10 A Level students studying politics made a long visit to the House of Parliament in mid January and on the day prior to the vote on Brexit proposals. The tour of Parliament took in the House of Commons and the House of Lords and is specific to the A Level course being studied. Organised by the Office of local MP Mr Adam Holloway we were greeted by Mr Holloway’s assistant/aide/researcher who made us most welcome.

A thoroughly enjoyable, rewarding and educational visit.