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East Point Academy tour Belgium

Published on 28/11/19

Students enjoy educational trip to Europe 

In October half-term, 40 students from East Point Academy made their way to Europe for a tour of Belgium and the Netherlands, taking in sights from both world wars. Their first stop was Ypres, where they took in a number of British and Commonwealth War Graves, including Essex Farm, where the famous poem ‘In Flanders Fields’ was written by Canadian doctor John McCrae, and Tyne Cot, the largest British military cemetery in the world.  Before the students left Ypres, they were honoured to participate at the Last Post ceremony at the Menin Gate, where Year 11 students Ruby Byatt and Connor Gibbs laid a wreath on behalf of the school. 

Following this, the students departed for Amsterdam – with a brief stop at a chocolate 
museum in Bruges – and the chance to explore one of the most popular, cultured cities in 
Europe. The students said a real highlight of the trip was the visit to the Anne Frank House 
Museum, where students explored the history of the Frank family, as well as the treatment of Jewish people under the Nazi occupation. The museum was a hugely valuable experience, opening students’ eyes to the conditions forced upon Europe’s Jews, and many were seen reading copies of Anne’s diary on the coach afterwards. After exploring Amsterdam on foot and by boat, some students even made it to the top of the A’Dam tower and onto Europe’s tallest swing, dangling them over 100 metres above the streets of the city!

On the way home, the school made one final, poignant stop at Kamp Vught, the site of a Nazi concentration camp from their occupation of the Netherlands. Students deepened their knowledge of Nazi activities and the experiences of the camp prisoners and took in the information with great care and sensitivity. Throughout the trip they represented the school with pride, behaving immaculately and East Point Academy have said they can’t wait to take more students away again in the future...watch this space.