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The past in a future tense

posted 9 Dec 2013, 03:44 by Google Google   [ updated 23 May 2014, 06:36 by Jessica McGriskin ]

As the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month approaches Nightingale Academy reflects on a trip last term to the battlefields of the First World War.

Nightingale Academy works alongside students to help them understand the meaning and implications of world events. Allowing students to get a sense of the scale and magnitude of History is a key part of our curriculum offer and involves getting outside of the classroom and into the past.

In July 2013, forty students from Nightingale Academy travelled by coach to Ypres in Belgium. The Year nine students had been studying World War I in their history lessons and what better way to learn than to visit a place that was decimated during World War I and was the site of immense sacrifice. Ypres was involved early in the First World War, with the town being under almost constant bombardment reducing it to ruins. It has since been rebuilt and now serves as a town of remembrance, a place to remember and a place for our students to reflect. The Last Post was a bugle call played in the British Army (and by many other armies) to mark the end of the day’s labours and the onset of the night’s rest. Every day, just before 8pm, traffic is stopped from passing through the Menin Gate. For these brief moments the Last Post ceremony takes us back to the time of terror and turbulence that was the Great War, as we pause to remember those who died.

The students of Nightingale Academy packed into one day visits to memorial sites, cemeteries and museums. Their reactions underlined the silence and pain of war and loss.

“We really enjoyed every bit of the trip especially when we was in the memorial museum seeing things in the soldiers point of view.”

Guner (10H) and Sevim (10C)

“Today was very enjoyable as well as exciting-it was not like a normal museum this museum is where you feel and understand the conditions. The ceremonies were really interesting, the Menin Gate was spectacular. Today I understood more and I felt more.”

Muhammed (10E)

“The Belgium trip was very fun, as well as emotional, seeing the graves of many courageous soldiers as well as witnessing live a memorial ceremony performed by our school students was spectacular as well as educational.”

Fawzia (10C)

Nightingale Academy places its curriculum at the heart of real events and places and its trips are a key part of our classrooms.