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Battlefields Trip

D Day tour to Normandy, 28.6.13 -30.6.13

Forty one pupils and six staff had an excellent trip to Normandy to visit the sites of the D-Day landings. 

Day one was action packed. As well as visiting the landing beaches, pupils went to a museum, a 360 degree cinema and reflected upon the human cost of the operation at the American cemetery by Omaha beach, made famous in Saving Private Ryan.

The sheer ingenuity and scale of the invasion was made overwhelmingly clear by the story of the harbour that the Allied forces constructed and shipped over to Arromanches in order to supply the 150,000 plus troops who landed in France to liberate Europe. Excellent guides recreated the detail of this for pupils who couldn't help but be blown away by what they were  learning. The 360 degree cinema brought home, in complete surround sound and visuals, how huge the invasion was, what a strategic masterplan it was and how high the human cost was. Experiencing the tranquility of the cemeteries was a quiet way to gather all of what had been learnt in the day.

Visiting the beautiful town of Bayeux and seeing the Bayeux Tapestry the next day was a reminder that invasion and conquest is not just the preserve of the modern day.

Games on the coach, sunsets from the cliff top, ice cream in the fishing port - more ingredients that made the trip a thoroughly brilliant time.

The next history trip is already being organised.  Watch this space!