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ACS Hillingdon students visit French battlefields for World War I poetry tour

Published Monday 22nd of December 2014 04:04:13 PM

Fifty-seven students from ACS Hillingdon, aged 15 to 16, recently travelled to France where they visited a series of historic World War One battlefields as part of their English Literature studies.

Grade 10 pupils began their two-day trip with a visit to the Thiepval Memorial, dedicated to soldiers who died in the Battle of the Somme with no known grave. They continued with a moving visit to Ors Communal Cemetery where they learnt of the stories behind British Commonwealth soldiers� involvement.

Engaging with the International Baccalaureate English Literature and Language curriculum, the trip was designed to provide a practical context for students who have been exploring poetry by Wilfred Owen in classes. Students also had time for some sight-seeing and visited the Sambre-Oise Canal, which was crossed by the Allies during their advance towards victory in November 1918.

Alison Aurnhammer, English teacher at ACS Hillingdon, commented:

�This visit was a great opportunity for students to experience first-hand the reality of war and how it influenced the work of Wilfred Owen. Everyone returned home with a new sense of respect for the soldiers who fought, and a new perspective on the pieces they have been studying in class.�
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