A small contingent of Glasshouse Christian College secondary students set out on an overseas trip in September of this year. They began with a few days visiting the Western Front, the Somme area in Ypres, and then Villers-Bretonneux, a small /french town won back in a 92-hour battle fought by Australian soldiers in 1918. This part of the trip was made more memorable because 2018 is the centenary, commemorating the end of World War One. Three students represented the school by laying a wreath at the Last Post Ceremony at the Menin Gate. The last spoken statement at this ceremony is, ‘Go home and tell your friends and family, “We fought today for your tomorrow”‘.We also visited the Australian National Memorial and Sir John Monash Centre where students placed a letter written by the GCC Year 9 students at the gravestone of soldiers who had died in WW1.
The final five days were spent in Paris seeing the sites, such as the Eiffel Tower, the SacreCoeur, MontMartre, the Notre Dame of Paris, l’Arc de Triomphe, the Louvre, the Palais de Versailles and the Musee d’Orsay. Students also enjoyed a lesson in making macarons from a French chef and visited a Science centre, the Cite des Sciences.
A highlight for many of the students was spending a day at a French secondary school. Another firm favourite was the day at Euro Disney (a place where ‘laughter is timeless, imagination has no age, and dreams are forever’. Walt Disney). Favourite activities for the staff were eating French pastries and a shopping ‘stroll’ on the Champs Elysees.
It was a wonderful, packed, fun-filled adventure!
Jacqualina Vreeling, Head of Middle School