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Each year, Holy Trinity School, Barnsley, takes a group of students to the WWI Battlefields.  This year forty Year 9 students, along with their teachers, embarked on a journey to the Somme, to remember and honour the fallen.

   During the trip, they visited memorials and took part in acts of remembrance for the soldiers who died during the Great War.  The students also visited Thiepval Memorial, which is the largest Commonwealth War Memorial in the world, commemorating more than 72,000 men of British and South African forces who died in the Somme between 1915 and 1918.

   To show their respects, each student signed a letter in British Sign Language, which spelt out the phrase “We Will Remember Them,” as their promise to never forget those who fell; posing for a photograph around the Epitaph at the heart of the memorial stone.  It was a deeply moving and poignant gesture that neither students nor staff will ever forget.

  Also, as part of the tour, the students visited the Barnsley Pals Memorial which commemorates the men from Barnsley who died on the 1 July, 1916 at the beginning of the Battle of the Somme.  As part of their tribute, the students stood in salute to honour our home-town’s fallen heroes.

   At 8pm every evening in Ypres, the Last Post ceremony is held at The Menin Gate to honour the fallen.  Three of our students took part, laying a wreath on behalf of the whole school.

   Mr Henderson, who organised the trip and accompanied the students, along with Mr Fox, Mrs Brooke, Ms Ryan and Mr Ward, said, “This was a deeply emotional experience for the students taking part, the staff and a defining moment for Holy Trinity School.  I am extremely proud of the strength of character shown and the dignity they displayed throughout the service.  All the pupils were amazing ambassadors for the school and their behaviour throughout the whole weekend was exemplary.”