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Falinge Park High School

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Battlefield Tour 2019

Battlefield Tour 8th – 11th November 2019

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Pupils from Falinge Park High School were lucky enough to attend a battlefield tour of Belgium and France joining other schools from across Greater Manchester. The First World War battlefield tour programme was run in conjunction with Manchester City Council with representatives joining us on the tour, we were also joined by serving members of the armed forces who were able to give us a modern perspective.

Our tour started in Belgium where we started investigating the impact the First World War had on ordinary people. We visited Memorial Museum Passchendaele, Tyne Cot British and Commonwealth Military Cemetery, Langemark Cemetery, Talbot House and the death cells and shooting post in Poperinge. We ended the day with a performance of RC Sherrriff’s ‘Journey’s End’ and the Last Post Ceremony at the Menin Gate in Ypres.

We then made our way to France where we were looking at the Battle of the Somme and then the actions of the allied command at the end of the First World War. We were able to visit Neuve Chapelle to research the role of the British Indian army on the Western Front, Beaumont Hamel, Sunken Lane, Caterpillar Valley Cemetery and the Thiepval Memorial.

To compliment these experiences we will also be taking part in a post tour event in the Etihad stadium looking at how we can use the learning from the First World War to support community cohesion in Greater Manchester today.

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