A group of students from Tuggerah Lakes Secondary College (TLSC), The Entrance Campus, are completing a European History Tour with other Central Coast High Schools as part of the Combined High Schools Euro Tour for 2019.
Students departed for Europe on April 11 and commenced their history tour in Rome from April 13.
“The group arrived in Rome safely this morning for a big day at the Spanish Steps, Pantheon and Trevi Fountain, just to name a few sights,” said Principal, Kirrily Harvey.
The group has since travelled through Vatican City, Pompeii, Herculaneum, Paris and are currently making their way through Normandy to Belgium.
“Their pace has slowed, moving out of city centres to travel up the French coast, through Normandy to Belgium, with a focus on modern history,” Harvey said.
“Firstly, the group transferred to Caen to visit the Memorial of Peace before continuing on to Arromanches to see the D-Day beaches.
“Students also enjoyed the city of Bayeux and the world heritage listed Bayeux Tapestry, depicting the 1066 Battle of Hastings, spanning its impressive 70 metre length.
“En-route to Ypres, the tour stopped in St Omer and visited La Coupole, the construction and launch point for the V2 rockets that bombed London in WW2.
“After a moving ANZAC Day Ceremony in Passchendaele, students were engaged in a tour of Dunkerque before enjoying free time to explore the quaint old town of Ypres.
“On their last day in Belgium, the students visited many WW1 sites, such as the crater of Hill 60, the trenches of Hill 62, and Tyne Cot Cemetery.
“In the evening the tour attended the traditional Menin Gate Last Post Ceremony, where tour leader, Peter Macey, was honoured with reading the ode to the fallen.
“The ceremony has been delivered almost 35,000 times, every night since 1928 and is a poignant reminder of the sacrifices that have been made for our freedom,” Harvey said.
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Kirrily Harvey, TLSC, The Entrance Campus