As the group settles in to the routine of international travel, navigating new time-zones, jet-lag, new foods and particularly the sights and sounds of London, thoughts and planning are turning to the core purpose of the trip.
In the coming days our travellers will cross the English channel and tour through Belgium and France.
In the 100th year anniversary of the armistice of world-war one, the students from across the year levels at Broadford Secondary College will experience first-hand, the battlefields of the First World War 1914-18 as well as the World War Two D-Day Museum.
Students have completed detailed research on Soldiers missing or killed in action as a central part of preparing for the trip and many will present personal eulogies at a number of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission’s cemeteries in Belgium and France.
The details of the student’s research can be found on our “Digger’s Research Page” – Here.
We encourage you to follow the link and see why the students have travelled 18,000 kilometres from home.
A map of the sites we will be visiting, with little of the history of each can be seen below.
Commonwealth War Graves
Click on a marker to read a short history of each location.
The tour will also include the laying of a hand-made wreath at The Menin Gate [link]
In 2015, students from Broadford Secondary College were given the honour of laying a wreath at the Menin Gate. This did not proceed because of the trip cancellation due to a terrorist attack in Paris.
In 2018, the students will return to the Menin Gate with the original wreath [cared for at school for three years] and complete the commitment made by the class of 2015.
This wreath consists of numerous hand-made fabric poppies which have been part of Broadford Secondary College’s contribution to the 5000 Poppie project.