Treorchy Comprehensive School


Year 9 Historians and Scientists recently paid a flying visit to the World War 1 battlefields in Belgium to re-enact the Christmas Truce between the German and Allied forces in No Man’s Land. Pupils were treated to a traditional trench lunch of vegetable stew and Belgian sausages, before meeting a British soldier, where they learnt all about weaponry and technological advancements in warfare. Then they listened as Silent Night was sung over No Man’s Land and a team of actors re played the famous events of Christmas 1914.

Dominic Turner, Jack Davies and Toby Stevenson proudly lay a wreath on behalf of the school during the Last Post ceremony at the Menin Gate.  Many of the pupils had brought details of their relatives who had fought in the war and we were able to locate some of their graves and names on the various memorials we visited.  Everyone wrote a message to lay on a grave of their choice, many choosing Hedd Wyn's grave, or soldiers of the Great War from Welsh regiments whose bodies have never been identified.
All pupils returned to school ready for Christmas and their studies into World War 1!