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Yr9, 10 and 11 historians from Towers Convent School, Sussex, made their way to Ypres in Belgium to see the battle elds and show their respects to the soldiers, who died in the First World War. The group visited war cemeteries, where pupils
and staff laid poppies on the graves, row after row of them, neatly positioned and respectfully maintained. They also walked
in the muddy trenches, feeling very sombre and grateful to the soldiers, who had endured such degrading conditions for so long.
At The Menin Gate three pupils, whose relatives were buried there, took part in the Last Post Ceremony. They laid a wreath, on behalf of The Towers, under the gate in front of hundreds of onlookers, de nitely a once in a lifetime experience.
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First night away
 Historians visit Ypres
The Knighton House School, Dorset, year 5 pupils took a
trip to the  eld studies centre, Nettlecombe Court, in Somerset. The trip is one that covers many subjects in the curriculum, and beyond, as well as providing the pupils with an exciting night away and lots of fun.
Nettlecombe Court itself is a
 eld studies centre which prides itself on being environmentally aware; the girls learnt lots about environmental awareness - from our local responsibility to the wider effect of global warming.
The investigation of the best materials for a hedgehog’s nest linked directly to their work in the science lab; they were able to understand  rst-hand the thermal properties of materials that a hedgehog might use
for hibernation. At  rst they struggled to understand that
the investigation with hot water, leaves, mud, sticks and grass in the woodland was anything to do with their investigations in the science lab, but gradually they learnt that language such as ‘fair test’ and ‘control’ is not limited to the lab.
The history of Nettlecombe
Court (it is  rst mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086, when it was stated to be held by William the Conqueror) links directly with the pupils’ study this term of Medieval history when they return back to school.
As well as all of this outdoor learning they built dens, sang songs around a camp re, played games on the ‘croquet lawn’ and  nished the trip with a scavenger hunt around the extensive grounds. Given the cold February weather the lashings of hot chocolate went down a storm. A super  rst night away from home for many.
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Sixth formers from Derby High School were given an insight
into the world of business with a trip to a world leader in making construction and agricultural machinery. Business Studies students spent the morning at JCB, in Uttoxeter, where they were given a tour of the site, watched the production line in action and visited the company’s museum.
Alec Lee, Head of Sixth Form at Derby High School, said: “I
was very pleased to accompany the trip to JCB this year as the feedback from previous years
had always been really positive
– they run a very slick corporate operation at JCB, which was very interesting for students to see, but the highlight was later in the visit when we were able to go into the manufacturing area of the plant and see the machinery being made and assembled from start to  nish.”
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