After winning a school competition, two lucky Newquay Tretherras students got the chance to join other school children from around the UK on the First World War Centenary Battlefields Tour Programme.
Year 9 students were asked to write a response to the question ‘Why Should We Still Commemorate the First World War?’, with the prize of a three-day trip to France and Belgium at stake.
Evie Hughes and Katie Harrison were the chosen winners and spent their time away visiting a variety of historical war grounds including the Death Cells at Ypres, Flanders, Menin Gate and Newfoundland Memorial Park trenches.
The students ended their visit learning about and commemorating the Battle of the Somme at the Thiepval Memorial and Wood, as well as visiting the German Cemetery Langemark.
Winner Katie Harrison said, “The trip was one of the best experiences of my life. It was very interesting and I learnt so much as well as meeting so many kind people.”
Miss Sally Elmes, Teacher of History at Tretherras said, “The girls formed amazing friendships, as did I, during the emotion tour, people who we will keep in contact with for a long time. It was a truly fantastic experience.”
As legacy to the tour, the students and their teacher are going to be interviewed by Truro Hospital to talk about their experience.