Second Form History Trip to Ypres, Belgium
On Friday 19 May all of the Second form, accompanied by their History teachers and Mr Hetherington, their Head of Year, visited the First World War Battlefields of Belgium and the frontier town of Ypres. The trip gave pupils a vivid insight into day to day life on the Western Front by visiting preserved trenches and battlefields, and by inspecting the equipment and weaponry used. They learnt about the impact of gas in the First World War and the measures used to protect against it. They heard the stories of individual experiences and great feats of bravery, and they learnt more about our RGS community by visiting the grave of Old Reigatian Joseph Perrin at Tyne Cot cemetery where a small act of remembrance was performed.
No trip to Belgium is quite complete without a visit to the chocolate shop, and both pupils and their families very much enjoyed the sweet treats that made it back to Reigate.