St John’s Prep and Senior School’s Visits Days reviews

13-11-14 St. Johns 0 comment

Over the next few days St. John’s Prep and Senior School, based in Enfield, Potters Bar, will provide reviews from the school’s recent Visits Day.

Below is the review from the Fifth Forms visit to Belgium and France by teacher Mr Petrou.

St John's Prep and Senior School's Flanders Trip
St John’s Prep and Senior School’s Flanders Trip

On the 4th and 5th of November, our fifth form students embarked on a journey to Belgium and France as part of their WW1 Western Front Trip. They had the valuable opportunity to discover what life was truly like fighting during World War One.

Over the course of two days, students had the chance to remember the fallen at the ‘Last Post’ ceremony in Ypres, and visited famous cemeteries such as Tyne Cot and Thiepval.

Here they saw row-upon-row of graves spread out in their hundreds under the pale setting sun. Names: names bodiless on the walls and bodies nameless in the ground. These are sights that our students are never likely to forget.

The gravity and pure magnitude of the sacrifice involved in the First World War was only really recognised once the students stood in the graveyards dotted across the now peaceful countryside that was once the Somme battlefield. The scenery would be picturesque if not for the rows of headstones that serve as a reminder of the catastrophe that started a century ago.

After learning about the history and literature of the era, the students returned to school educated and enriched, whilst also feeling humble: they had realised the meaning of sacrifice.

Read our first review from Visits Day from the Lower Sixth’s visit to the Hunterian and British Museums.

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