Dear parent/guardian

WWI Battlefields (Ypres & the Somme) trip- February 8th-11th 2017

Wishing you a Happy New Year and hello! Just a quick update and extra information for you.

We will be leaving on Thursday 8th February (at approx. 12.15 am) and will return on Sunday 12th February (approx. 11pm). These times will be confirmed at the parents meeting. We will travel via coach and ferry and will be staying at 2 different hotels, one in France and one in Belgium; these hotels are not open to the public and are used for school groups only.

During the trip it is our intention to visit a range of museums, military cemeteries and battlefield sites and to participate in the ‘Last Post Ceremony’ which has been held every evening at 8pm since 1928 at the Menin Gate in Ypres whilst we are there. If your child is interested in laying our school wreath there, they will need to let us know beforehand and then take their school uniform for this, if we have a number of children interested in doing this, then we will make a draw to see which children have the honour of representing our school. A more detailed itinerary will be given out at a parents meeting which will be Monday the 22nd Jan in school at 4.30pm, so if you have any additional questions, we will be able to answer them for you. If your family has any ancestors who fought in the First World War could you please let us know the details- it may be possible to visit specific sites associated to your child’s own family history.

Please be aware that it will be cold (just like here) so your child needs warm clothing and coat. They will also need either a pair of wellies or walking boots that are likely to get muddy – these need to be in a carrier bag with their name on. A full kit-list will be provided at the meeting. Please remember that your child will need an ‘EHIC’ card; this is free and can easily be applied for. This then needs to be handed in to the staff at the parents meeting and we will keep hold of the card for the duration of the trip and return it once the trip is over. Use the website address below to apply if you have not yet done so. If you do not apply for a card, you will need to take out separate travel insurance for your child.

If you have any question at all, please email me on

Thank you

Mrs Crawshaw (trip leader)