Year 8 visit Normandy
The Chateau du Baffy proved to be a wonderful location yet again, and we were looked after and fed extremely well. The walk along Omaha Beach and the trip to the remarkable 360 Cinema at Arromanches were especially moving, and we were able to pay our own tributes, laying a wreath in memory of the Old Highfieldians who gave their lives in the two world wars, at the British Cemetery in Bayeux.
Preparations for Year 8 History began with a day trip to Bayeux and the mesmerising Tapestry, and we also saw where William the Conqueror was born and was buried. Geography fieldwork and Art work were completed in picturesque Honfleur, and the extraordinary final film at the Canadian Juno Beach Centre in Courseulles brought a spontaneous round of applause and tears to many eyes. Learning also occurred in English, RS, French and Spanish, through a variety of different means.
Here are some of the comments from different children about their week, showing that their trip to Normandy had a powerful impact on them:
'It was so moving to see the war cemeteries and realise that the crosses and gravestones are real - there really were thousands of men who died fighting in World War Two.'
'We must never forget what we've learned this week and the sacrifices people made for us.'
'Isn't the Bayeux Tapestry amazing?' ‘The Chateau is such a wonderful place'.
As ever, I am indebted to my colleagues who tirelessly helped make the trip such a success, and to the members of Year 8 themselves, who not only enjoyed a splendid week, but did themselves and Highfield proud.