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History Visits

Battlefields Trip

During the February half term our History Department took 40 Year 9 students to explore the battlefields of World War One. We visited numerous sites in Ypres over the first two days of the tour including the Bayernwald German trench system, Lisjessenthoek Cemetery, Tyne Cot Cemetery and Langermarck German Cemetery. Students also attended the Menin Gate Remembrance Ceremony and Elden O and Lucy S proudly represented the school by laying a wreath during the service.

On the third day students visited France and in particular the Somme region. They were shown the tragedy that occurred in 1916 and were able to walk through the battlefields. The students visited Newfoundland Memorial Park, Lochnagar Crater and the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing where we held a moving remembrance service to local soldiers from Alresford who were killed in the Battle of the Somme – a number of students had relatives who tragically lost their lives in the battle. On the final day students explored the tunnels used by thousands of soldiers under the French city of Arras and visited the great Canadian memorial at Vimy Ridge.

The trip was a great success and the students were a credit to the school. I would like to say a big thank you to both the students and staff that made the trip so enjoyable.  Mr Jewell – Perins History Department.

Hitler on Trial Production

On Monday 2nd March the History Department took 100 Year 10 GCSE History students to the Hitler on Trial production at The Newbury Corn Exchange Theatre. Hitler on Trial is a half-day presentation designed to help students improve their performance in the GCSE History examinations. It is focused on the Germany depth studies for the new 9-1 specifications.

Hitler on Trial opens with a grade-booster workshop in which the leader explains the thinking behind the exam specifications, and shows students ways of improving their performance. Using a free 16-page workbook, students mark answers to a set of questions covering each of the assessment objectives.

The workshop is followed by a courtroom drama in which students are asked to imagine a parallel historical world in which Adolf Hitler was captured by British Special Forces in 1942 and put on trial in a British court. In this court, the students are the jury and decide whether Hitler was guilty or not guilty. The day was a great success, and the History Department would like to thank students, staff and volunteers who gave their time to go on the trip.