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CAN THE YOUNG BE MOVED BY THE WORLD WARS? Richard Pyman & Alastair Poulain, Sherborne Prep School

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ow is it best to educate children whose grandparents were not in either war — the first generation with no direct link — about the great sacrifices made? The best hope of remembrance, we felt, was to go there. We recently had the privilege of taking 45 elevenyear-olds from Sherborne Prep to Northern France and Belgium, visiting the battlefields of the Somme and Ypres. Undertaken shortly after the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings, the trip felt significant to us as 32 | Sherborne Times | November 2019

teachers of a certain age, and we had hoped to prepare the cohort for the solemnity and poignance of the occasion. Brigade ties were packed, along with combs and pressed handkerchiefs; umbrellas were tightly furled. However, you never know with children (or animals). Of course, for them, it was a chance to spend time with friends in a new and exotic location, to stay up late, away from their parents. The French aspect, the historic aspect, the cultural and moral aspect had perhaps slipped down the order somewhat, in favour of this rarely found freedom.

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