Children take part in remembrance ceremony

Year Six children from St Mary Star of the Sea at the Menin Gate, Ypres, France
Year Six children from St Mary Star of the Sea at the Menin Gate, Ypres, France

PUPILS from St Mary Star of the Sea were given the opportunity to take part in a First World War remembrance ceremony in northern France during a residential trip.

To complement their classroom learning, the children from Year Six visited French markets and a chocolate factory to practise the language, and also Passendaele museum, Sanctuary Wood trenches and Tynecot cemetery.

The Last Post Ceremony takes place every evening at the Menin Gate in Ypres, and watched by their classmates, four children laid the first wreath, together with remembrance prayers from each class at the school.

Teacher Sue Furness said: “The French trip really brought the children’s learning alive and taking part in the Last Post Ceremony was a highlight of the weekend.

“They felt privileged to represent the school in this way and many of the children said that hearing the bugle playing made them feel as though they actually there, in the war.

“The children were a credit to the school and many members of the public commented on how lovely it was to see children so young learning about such an important part of our history.

“I was extremely proud of them all!”