Transition to Therfield from Year 6

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Closure Update - 2nd April

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School Band Performance

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Fox Grove - Therfield Sports Facility

We are excited to share with you that after many months of planning the Department for Education h...

  • Transition to Therfield from Year 6

  • Closure Update - 2nd April

  • Sixth Form Application Now Open

  • School Band Performance

  • Fox Grove - Therfield Sports Facility

An early start at the school gates saw over 40 Year 9 and Year 10 historians gathering to board a coach destined for the continent.  A short ferry ride and a drive through France later Therfield students were ready to investigate the First World War battlefields. Our first stop was to the town of Ypres. Here students were able to see the Menin Gate up close and consider its importance as one of the largest war memorials to the fallen soldiers of WW1. They discovered Ypres significance to the battles that took place on the salient and why every day the last post is observed at the entrance to the old city.

A short lunch break with waffles and ice cream later it was back on the bus with our tour guide in tow to visit some German trenches used during the war and other cemeteries.  In addition to viewing the war graves as a means of remembrance the students were also asked to consider them as historical sources and to consider the differences between the commonwealth cemeteries and Langemark, the only German cemetery in the area. We also managed to visit the Grave of Will Griffith's great great uncle who served during the war and whose headstone can be found at Essex Farm Cemetery.  As the day drew to a close we headed back to Ypres in order to take part in the last post at the Menin Gate. Two of our students, Elizabeth Cole and Dominic Martin were chosen from the group to lay a wreath on behalf of the staff and students of Therfield school.

Our second day took us forward 21 years to consider aspects of the Second World War. The first stop was to a local museum to learn about the Allied evacuation of Dunkirk, we then took a short walk to the beach to see where the soldiers had waited for hours on end hoping to be rescued while the Axis army bombarded them from the air. The Scale of the beach at Dunkirk really put into perspective scenes from images and paintings students had studied showing the evacuation.

Our final stop was to the underground V2 bunker, here students learnt about the Nazis' plan to invade Britain and actions taken by the Nazis throughout the war. It was also a good opportunity to cool off from the scorching sun that followed us over both days.

After a very hot coach journey home with lots of chocolate consumption all students arrived back  at school safely, if not a little tired from a very rewarding experience for all.