War, Religion & Ethics in WWI: Religious Studies School Trips to Ypres (1, 2 & 3 Days)

Our Religious Studies school trips to Ypres examine Britain's role in the First World War in the light of Christian values & how those values were tested by the conflict. The tour will be accompanied by a guide who will deliver the tour content & tailor it to the requirements of your group/specification. All our visits and study materials are designed to ensure that your students not only gain knowledge and understanding of religion and beliefs (AO1) but are also encouraged to evaluate their significance and influence on the world we live in (AO2). 

When the British went to war in 1914, the vast majority justified their actions on the basis that they were fighting a "Just War" against a bullying aggressor in defence of civilisation.  By 1918, those assumptions had been called into question in response to the suffering, hardship & horrific nature of the fighting.  Furthermore, the insistence upon unconditional surrender provoked growing criticism regarding the conduct of the war & its continued prosecution.

Shorter Durations:  A 1-day version of this tour is available for schools located within 120 miles of Dover. A 2-day version of this tour is available for schools close enough to Dover.

 

Itinerary

 

Day One:  Outward Journey

  Ypres Cloth Hall at night - Ypres Battlefield Tours
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  • School pick-up (06.00 hours approx) & travel to Dover
  • Ferry to Calais / Dunkirk & onward travel
  • Full-board accommodation in or near Ypres for two nights
 
 

Tyne Cot Cemetery Landscape

 
 

Day Two:  Ypres

 
  • Hooge Crater Cemetery
  • Langemark German Cemetery
  • Essex Farm
  • Pilckem Ridge Gas Attack
  • St George's Anglican Chapel
  • St Martin's RC Catherdral
  • Tyne Cot Cemetery
  • Last Post at the Menin Gate at 20.00 hours
 
 

Day Three:  Optional Visits (Choose One)

 
  • Passchendaele Museum or
  • Irish Peace Tower or
  • Talbot House & Death Cell at Poperinghe
  • Return school via Calais or Dunkirk with evening drop-off
 
 

Some alternatives you may want to visit instead......

 
  • Sanctuary Wood Trenches & Hill 62 • In Flanders Fields Museum • Lijssenthoek Cemetery • La Coupole V2 Complex • Please advise us of any other location you would like to include
 
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Themes

 

Ypres

 

       Main Themes

 

  Passchendaele Museum German Trench
 

Pilckem Ridge Memorial

  • Christianity & the causes of war, the "Just War" theory & pacifism
 
  • The sanctity & quality of life & WWI
 
  • Cemeteries, Memorials  & views on the afterlife
 
  • Suffering & the problem of evil in WWI
 
  • How places of worship affect styles of worship
 
  • Prejudice, discrimination & Christian views on equality & justice
 
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Content

 

Outward Journey / Pre-Tour

      Essex Farm Flowers
  • Causes of WWI
  • Belgian Neutrality
  • Ypres in WWI
 
 

Ypres

     
  • War, Peace & Conflict
  • The "Just War" Theory & Conduct of the War
  • Pacifism & Conscientious Objectors
  • Responses to Suffering
  • The Sanctity of Life
  • WWI: Commemoration & Memorialisation
  • Death & the Afterlife
  • War Aims & the "Just War" Theory
  • Equality & Fairness
  • Places of Worshop: Art & Architecture & Symbolism
 
 

Optional Visit

     
  • Use of Force & Violence
  • Reconciliation & Forgiveness
  • Prejudice & Discrimination
 
 

Return Journey / Post-Tour

     
  • Consequences of the Industrialisation of War 
  • Religious Beliefs & Attitudes to War & Suffering
  • Conflict in the World Today
 
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Resources

 

Study Materials Relevant to Your GCSE
 

Students at Hooge Trenches  

 

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Our guides

 

Our study packs

 
 
 
 

Our study materials are designed by teachers with GCSE examining experience.  When you book with us, you will receive a copy of both our student study packs & teachers' notes, free of charge. You can:

 
  • Use our study materials exclusively
  • Use your own study materials
 
 
  • Use a combination of your own & our materials
 
The Student Pack Includes  

The Teacher Pack Additionally Includes

 
  • Factual detail on each location visited as well as background information
  • Maps, illustrations & a time line of events
  • Tasks, activities & discussion points to provide a focus for each location visited
 
 
  • Further guidance notes giving a broader context to each visit
  • A curriculum matrix linking each location to assessments objectives
 

Integrate with Your Scheme of Work

     
  • Introductory materials can be used on tour or as part of your pre-tour preparation
 
  • Study materials are also suitable for post-tour follow-up
 
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Guides

 

Our Guides

   

  Poperinghe Execution Post

 

 

 
 
 
 

 

 

 

We believe a study tour is an educational experience best delivered by people with a knowledge and understanding of the educational system & culture. You can discuss learning aims & objectives with your guide so that the tour meets your requirements.

 
  • Our guides are former teachers, excellent communicators & have examining experience.
  • They have organised tours themselves so understand the demands placed on accompanying staff.
  • They have an enthusiasm for imparting knowledge & ideas & engaging with young minds.
 

 

Steve Clarke, BA (Hons), PGCE

   

 

Steve is a former Head of Humanities & prior to retiring was an Assistant Head. Steve joined Galina in 2010, having led school groups as a client for a number of years. His experience includes battlefield tours to the Western Front, RS tours to the Netherlands & a range of UK tours.

Steve has 30 years' teaching experience in secondary schools in Hull.

"As always, Steve, our guide, tailored the tour to suit our needs & adapted his information & stops to meet our requests. Excellent – we have always been very satisfied with the service provided.”

Merchant Taylors' Girls School, Liverpool

  Steve Clarke  

 

Selected & Trained by Galina 

 
  • We have our own training programme to ensure consistently high standards.
  • Our guides up-to-date with current examination specifications & amendments to Key Stage 3.
  • All guides are DBS-checked.
 
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Accommodation

 

Accommodation

    Pax Hotel Dixmuide
 
 

The accommodation we use regularly is audited following guidelines laid down by the School Travel Forum and incorporated into our Safety Management System.

 
 
4* Pax Hotel, Dixmuide
   

The Pax is a five-minute walk from the town centre & twenty minutes from Ypres by coach. It is a family-owned hotel which is part of the Best Western group. Evening meals are taken in the de Vrede Hotel in the Grote Markt of Diksmuide which is also owned by the same family.

 
 
 Pax Dixmuide Bedroom

Pax Dixmuide Breakfast Room

 
Pax Dixmuide Bar 

 

Accommodation Factfile

     
  • Capacity for 100 students & staff in 37 bedrooms on 4 floors (access via lift/stairs)
  • Staff in twin rooms
  • En-suite facilities
  • Multi-bedded rooms
  • Breakfast room
  • Meeting room
  • Games room/computer area
  • Free WiFi
  • Bar & lounge area
  • Coach parking
 
         

The Menin Gate, Ypres

    Menin Gate Hotel
 
 
 
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The Menin Gate Hotel is situated opposite the Menin Gate & Ypres Ramparts and just a short walk away from the Grote Market in the centre of town. Evening meals are taken in one of several restaurants in the main square.  The Menin Gate Hotel is part of a group of hotels owned by the same company that also includes the Salient & Poppies Hotels.  All are maintained to the same high standard. 

 
 
Menin Gate Student Bed Room

Menin Gate Dining Room

 
Menin Gate Staff Lounge  

Accommodation Factfile

     
  • Capacity for 55 students & staff in 11 bedrooms on 3 floors (access by stairs)
  • Staff in twin rooms
  • En-suite facilities
  • Single & bunk beds
  • Breakfast room
  • Games room
  • Central heating
  • Large TV & free WiFi
  • Staff lounge & minibar
  • Coach parking nearby
 
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Gallery

 

      
 

Ypres Gallery

     
     
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Testimonials

 

The Petersfield School, Hampshire

"Firstly I would very much like to thank you for all your hard work in putting the tour together for us. Our tour guide, did a marvelous job. It makes such a difference having the right guide. I would thoroughly recommend you as a company and the tour we have just been on, and please feel free to use our name in your advertising. Excellent – would do this tour again with Galina."

 

Benton Park School, Leeds

"The pupils got a lot out of the tour and I would love to repeat it on a yearly basis with Galina."

 

Helsby High School, Cheshire

"Great organisation. An excellent experience."

 

Woodbridge High School, Essex

"Everything was excellent. I will share Galina's info with other departments. Bruce and John were excellent. The kids loved them! Excellent!"
  Tyne Cot At the going down of the sun
 
 
 
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