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YEAR EIGHT STUDENTS VISIT BATTLEFIELDS OF THE FIRST WORLD WAR

On 9th December the History Department took 96 Year 8 students on a visit to Ypres Salient in Belgium as part of the ongoing project students are completing on First World War. All students participated in a range of activities including a visit to the German cemetery at Langemarck which was extremely humbling.

A key part of the day was the visit to Tyne Cot Cemetery where each student had researched an individual soldier buried here. During the visit, each student laid a cross of remembrance inscribed by a prayer they had composed at the grave of ‘their’ soldier. Many of the students and staff were overwhelmed by the sheer scale of this cemetery and could now understand the sacrifice made by each of these young men.  Students also had the opportunity to experience the trenches themselves at Sanctuary Wood. The day ended with a short memorial service, led by Deacon Black of St Francis Parish, at Menin Gate in Ypres town. Two students were chosen to lay a cross of poppies at the Menin Gate on behalf of the school which included a message by our chaplain, Miss Bassett.

Students then took the opportunity to purchase some Belgian chocolate! The behaviour of all the students was exemplary throughout the day and recognised by the customs officials at Dunkerque who remarked that “these are the best students we have ever had coming through this port.”

A massive thank-you to all the staff who attended the trip and also huge praise to all the students who were outstanding ambassadors for the school.

Miss M King (Subject Leader of History)

Our Values

Faith in the presence of God

Concern for the poor and social justice

Quality education

Respect for all persons

Inclusive community

an awareness of the living presence of God in our world, and a calling to see the world through the eyes of faith

a calling to support the poor and victims of injustice, through community service and justice education

to provide an education that is second to none, so that our students will not just contribute to society, but will transform it

that we are all children of God and, as such, at the heart of our education we must respect the dignity of all persons

we respect and value diversity, which means that nobody is left out or left behind, and that we embrace the unique stories and qualities that each of us bring to the world.

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St Simon Stock Catholic School is an academy, and part of the Kent Catholic Schools’ Partnership. The Kent Catholic Schools’ Partnership is an exempt charity and a company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales under company registration number 08176019 at registered address: Barham Court, Teston, Maidstone, Kent, ME18 5BZ. St Simon Stock Catholic School is a business name of Kent Catholic Schools’ Partnership.

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