Never to Be Forgotten; Pupils Learn from History and Prepare for Trip to War Cemetery in Belgium

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Byline: By NICOLA JUNCAR Education Reporter

LESSONS from the past were learned by students who have been remembering those who sacrificed their lives for others.

And later this month pupils from one Tyneside school will have the privilege of visiting a First World War battlefield to pay tribute to the men who perished in the 1914-1918 conflict.

A group of Year 10 students from Norham Technology College, in North Shields, are going to Belgium on a school trip.

During their four-day visit, they will see where troops dug their trenches, as well as pay a visit to a war memorial and cemetery.

They will meet with pupils from their German partner school.

Together, the pupils from both schools plan to lay a wreath at a war memorial to remember all the lives lost.

Teacher Keith Page, who has organised the trip, said: "The First World War is now on the GCSE curriculum and it is important the students learn about such an important time in history.

"Our pupils will be sharing their knowledge on the war with their German peers, but it's not about apportioning blame in any way.

"The First World War was really a battle between British army generals and German army generals.

"The men didn't really want to be there and we know there were times when the troops left their trenches and played football together.

"And this project is also about social integration between our two schools."

Ahead of the visit, the students have been researching their own families' involvement in the war. …


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