On Sunday 3rd June 2018, the 8th Pals Battalion St John’s Academy set off on the Battlefields Trip. Mrs T. Sinclair led the trip with much appreciated help from Mrs Carroll, Mr Wilson and Mrs S. Sinclair. The trip was a great success with day one including a visit to Brugge, a medieval historic settlement. The pupils enjoyed some time relaxing in the sun and exploring the local culture.
On day two we explored the Southern Lip of Ypres Salient where we visited Messines, the Pool of Peace, Sanctuary Wood, Hooge museum, Menin Road, Hill 60 and Black Watch Corner. The Pals were able to walk through an original World War One trench and experienced what it must have been like for our soldiers.
On day three, it was an early start for the journey to France. The day was spent touring the Somme Battlefields where we visited Newfoundland Park, Thiepval, Ulster Tower, Dartmoor Cemetery, Lochnagar Crater, Vimy Ridge and Caterpillar Valley Cemetery. Visiting Caterpillar Valley Cemetery was a very special moment for one of our pupils as they were able to visit the grave of a family member killed in action.
On our final full day we travelled around the Northern Lip of the Ypres Salient with visits to Essex Farm, Poelkappelle, Passchaendal, Tyne Cot, Langemark and the Menin Gate Ceremony. The evening came to a close by holding own private ceremony in Perth Cemetery where we laid a wreath and read our own words of tribute to those who gave their lives in World War One.