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Upon arriving in Ypres, we visited the ‘In Flanders Fields’ Museum. In this museum, we learned in immense detail about the causes of the First World War, the actions, strategies and equipment of its participants, and the gory outcomes in the form of objects from the time like uniforms and weapons and video showings. We also entered our names, ages and places of birth into a computer system so the interactive displays throughout the museum would provide us personally with information on soldiers we may be related to. It was a deeply immersive and interesting experience.

The number of cemeteries was not the only impressive thing about our trip, as we visited many important war memorials and monuments in both Belgium and France. Notably, these included the famous Menin Gate in Ypres and the Thiepval memorial in France. I felt very privileged to be able to witness the ceremony at the Menin Gate, which happens every evening, in which two Cromer Academy students, Jake Lomax and Issy Cox, were given the opportunity to lay a wreath along with others paying their respects to the fallen. Both the Gate and the Thiepval memorial were covered with thousands of engraved names of soldiers. Another very important part of our trip was putting ourselves in the shoes of the soldiers to gain a better understanding of what they lived through. One museum we visited was Sanctuary Wood, in which its owners had preserved a genuine British communication trench: here, we got to wade through water that was almost knee-deep in some places, and to travel through the tunnel, which was cramped and completely dark (I bumped my head once, and could not see a single thing in front of me). We also visited Hill 60, at which we got to reenact a fight between British and German troops. We gained some very useful insight at both of these places, as we, for the first time, were given a first-person view of the trials and terrors of the First World War. To many of us in our everyday lives, events like it seem old and distant, and rare moments like the ones we had on the trip helped us to realise that, to the millions who gave their lives on all sides of the war, it was very real, and therefore, it must never be forgotten.

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One very prominent feature of our visit was the sheer number of cemeteries we visited, which contained the graves of fallen soldiers. These cemeteries included Langemarck, Flatiron Copse and Tyne Cott. The numerous rows of headstones gave us a clearer idea of the massive scale of the war; one moment which I found particularly poignant was one in which I found that, at Tyne Cott, I could never fit all of the graves into the view of my camera at any one time. Also, we often got off the coach in between journeys to find graves of soldiers from Cromer. They were scattered surprisingly far apart, with some buried in Belgium and some in Northern France.

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On our trip to Ypres (which, fascinatingly, has been rebuilt from scratch after being bombed flat in the First World War) and the battlefields, we visited many interesting places.

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GCSE History Battlefields Trip—Phoebe Gee

500 children cheer on Cromer skate park progress!

Up to 500 children flocked to Cromer Academy on Thursday 27th February to hear skate park campaigners tell of their excitement at the progress made to date in their bid for a dream skate park. There were two special assemblies, firstly for the Year 7 and 8 students at the Academy, followed by an assembly for the children of Cromer Junior School; keen skate park users of the future. The children asked lots of questions, including how long would the skate park take to build and how big would it be. Following the assemblies, a public meeting was opened by Whil de Neve, who is a trustee and committee member of the skate park. Committee member Nyall Brown, a Year 10 pupil at the Academy, made a passionate speech encouraging everyone present to back the campaign. “We get in the way a lot and need somewhere to ride our skateboards. Our team of parents and children are dedicated and we have raised £85,000 so far through fundraising and grants. Please get involved and help us raise the £65,000 extra we need.” Ian Jennings, skate park designer for Maverick, the company chosen to design the park, travelled from Dorset to talk about the plans and to show some pictures of how the skate park would look. Planning permission has already been granted to build the park on The Meadow in Cromer. “This skate park will have a unique identity with a beachscape, shoreline theme. It will be a positive community space, with no age boundaries and everyone interacting in this non-competitive and supportive environment.” Mr Jennings explained that the park would bring in ‘skate park tourists’ from across the UK and this would in turn provide a big boost for local businesses. The next fundraising event lined up is a Charity Ball taking place on March 22nd. Further details can be found at or you can follow the campaign on Facebook or Twitter @CromerSkatepark.

School Partnership Games Success! Congratulations to Yr 10 student Adam Spruce for picking up a gold medal as part of the North Norfolk Ski Team taking part in the Norfolk Ski Competition on Friday 7th March, beating their rivals at the finish line Adam moved up to KS4 this year and came 4th out of 21 competitors, being pipped to the post for the bronze medal by just 0.7seconds! A fantastic achievement Adam, well done! 2 students from Cromer Academy competed in the School Partnership Swimming finals at UEA. Mollie Smith won gold in the girls 50m Fly and 50m breast, and bronze in the year 8 relay. Adam Molloy came 4th place in the 50m backstroke and was only 0.4 seconds off his pb time. North Norfolk team came 4th overall out of 8 teams. Well done to both students, an incredible achievement

Diary Dates 24 March—Yr 11 Intervention Evening 25 March—HPV Vaccinations / Yr 10 UEA Event / FoCAT Meeting –7pm 27 March—Yr 9 Inspired Youth Day 31 March –RAG Week 3 &4 April—Yr 11 High 5 Maths Programme 4 April—Break up for Easter Holidays 7-9 April—Yr 11 High 5 Maths Programme

RAG Week 31st March—4th AprilThis years RAG week will be raising monies for 2 charities, Coaching for Hope & Epilepsy Action. We will also be requesting donations to support Cromer Foodbank. Many activities have been organised, along with several fantastic raffle prizes including a signed Norwich City Shirt and a Coaching for Hope signed football. More details to follow in the next newsletter. These are the subjects you will be set Homework in for the final few weeks of this Half Term Year 7 GEOGRAPHY ICT FRENCH SPANISH **ART** **DRAMA**





• Subjects that appear like **THIS** only set ONE Homework per Term, in these subjects students have until Half Term to complete the task, FRI 4TH APRIL 2014. • All other subjects set TWO tasks per term. For the tasks listed above you also have until FRIDAY 4TH APRIL 2014 to complete, unless your teacher gives you a different deadline. • All Homework Tasks can be found on Moodle. If you want a paper copy of instructions you must ask your teacher. • Homework is compulsory for all subjects that you have lessons in.

Academy Newsletter 2014 Issue 11  

Cromer Academy Newsletter 2014 Issue 11 14th March 2014

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