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Battlefields Tour 2017 Tuesday 6 th June – Friday 9 th June
Some of the Battlefield Tourists from last year
th 6 Day 1 - Tuesday June Travel to Belgium • Depart school at 6 am • Passport handed to Mr Donlan/Mr Davies on entering coaches. Held for the duration of tour. • Service Station stop en route • Ferry crossing – free time • Possible visit to Delville Wood • Check in to the Poppies Hostel, Albert, and evening meal.
th 7 Day 2 - Wednesday June The Somme Battlefields La Boiselle crater Thiepval Memorial to the missing of the Somme Newfoundland Park Preserved Battlefield Vimy Ridge Preserved trenches and memorial Drive to Belgium Check in and evening meal at Hotel Pax
th 9 Day 3 – Thursday June The Ypres Salient • Flanders Field Museum, Ypres • Free time in Ypres • Sanctuary Wood Trenches & Museum • Tyne Cot cemetery • Langemarck German cemetery • Meal in Ypres • Last Post at the Menin Gate • Pack ready to leave in morning.
Students enjoying free time in Ypres (all been to the same chocolate shop!)
Tyne Cot cemetery
The Last Post ceremony, Ypres
Day 4 - Thursday 10 th June Return Trip • Breakfast and leave hotel • Picnic lunch (make your own at the hotel) • Ferry crossing to Dover. • Stop at services for break and evening meal. • Students will call home from here with a more accurate time of arrival • Approximate arrival time at school – 7 pm - 8 pm
Suggested kit list • Towel • Suitable foot wear – trainers, walking shoes. • Waterproofs and sun hat – we are outside most of the trip and carry on regardless of weather. • Sun cream and any medication you might need including pain relief and anti-histamine. • Pens – no joke, we are working while on tour. • Sensible and suitable clothing for the outdoors and sites of remembrance.
What else might you need? • Spending money – There will be a few opportunities to buy souvenirs. Meals are provided, apart from the first day’s packed lunch. • Students will be given sterling on the way back up for their tea on the final day. One drink is provided with their meals, if students wish to buy more soft drinks they will need money. • Students are responsible for their own cash. • Mobile phone. • Book/Ipod/magazines/cards i. e. something to do on the long journeys. No speakers please. • DVDs for the coach journey • Water bottle to refill, we will hopefully have good weather.
Standards and Expectations • The highest standard of behaviour is expected. • Drink/cigarettes strictly forbidden. • Curfews/lights out will be enforced, you will be tired and so will the staff. We are on our best behaviour in the hotels, mindful of members of the public. • Serious misbehaviour would result in being sent home at your parents’ expense. • We will not allow any offensive or skimpy outfits to be worn, especially in the cemeteries. • Trip has successfully run for over 15 years, with no major problems, we wish to represent our school and our country well. We are confident that you won’t let us down.
And a bit of relaxing for students!!
REMEMBER! • 6 am departure time – we have to leave on time! • Passport and EHIC handed to staff on morning. Please make sure it is valid. • Follow staff instructions at all times, it is very important for your safety(and our jobs!) • We need to be informed of any change in contact numbers or medical conditions. • If you travel without an EHIC you may have to pay the initial costs of any medical treatment.
Contact details • Please use my email over the half tem holiday if you need to contact us – j. [email protected] org. uk • Follow the Tour on twitter @Crossley. History – will tweet in the evenings.