Visiting the Battlefields of the Somme

Form 3 have just returned from a highly successful three-day tour of the First World War battlefields. The entire year group, comprising over 150 pupils, travelled in two groups to visit areas of northern France and Belgium where the Battle of the Somme campaign was fought.

The trip involved a walk through preserved trenches at Beaumont-Hamel, visits to the extraordinary memorials at Thiepval and Vimy Ridge, as well as many of the cemeteries, where the war dead are buried. In keeping with Oakhamian tradition, the pupils and staff held a brief service of remembrance at the grave of Old Oakhamian Jack Dewar, who died during the Battle of the Somme.

After each day’s packed itinerary, pupils had a chance to relax and let off steam, enjoying a spot of ten pin bowling and a quiz night

Head of History, James Roberts, who organised and led the trip, said: “Taking a new generation of Oakhamians to the World War 1 battlefields every February is one of the highlights of the History Department year and the 2017 was no exception.”

Form 3 pupil James, who participated in this year’s trip, commented on the experience: “It was a fascinating snapshot of life during the First World War.”

The Battlefields trip is one of the many features of the Form 3 Project that runs throughout the year. Other highlights include ‘From Page to Stage’, where pupils are challenged to write, stage and perform a play in a single school day; an Art and Design project and a the annual Form 3 Camp at Rutland Water. 


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