All posts by Fearghal Kelly

Connected Learning

East Lothian Secondary Schools now offer wireless learning for all young people. This means that young people can use school or personal devices to access a very wide range of learning materials online. This new opportunity creates important new responsibilities for young people.

At Preston Lodge we’ve come up with a guide, and brought in the web app Airhead, to support the introduction of Connected Learning to our classrooms. The following videos summarise our guide to Connected Learning and explain how to set up Airhead on your mobile device:

You can also download a text version of our guide to Connected Learning as a PDF by clicking here.

Log in to Airhead by clicking here.

Battlefield 2012 Day 4

What a day.

We started off by visiting the spot where John Macrae wrote the famous poem ‘In Flanders Fields’ and we were shocked to discover that in the same cemetery was buried a 14 year old boy, who must’ve been 13 when he joined up.

We then retraced the steps of the soldiers who fought at Paschendale, led by the pipes and drums of PL to our biggest British military cemetery of the trip. Tynecot Cemetery is overwhelming in scale and our visit was made all the more emotional by the PL pipers playing Highland Cathedral.

After lunch we visited our only German cemetery of the experience, Langermark. The largest of the few German Military Cemeteries on the front. We followed this with our formal entry into Ypres and some time to ourselves.

Tonight came the culmination, and for many, the highlight of the experience. We not only attended, but also participated in, the nightly remembrance ceremony at the Menin Gate. Dollar played the Flowers of the Forest beautifully during the public ceremony, and we returned later for our own private ceremony.

It’s been such a powerful experience which has given us all a lot to think about…but for now we’re getting ready to head home tomorrow…

Battlefields 2012 Day 3

Today we crossed the border into France to visit the Somme. We had a very early start to make the most of the day and set off to Newfoundland Park, a little corner of Canada here in France. We were kept busy enroute in the bus singing the songs of soldiers of the first world war and learning about the battles which took place on 1st July 1916.

We started off by following in the footsteps of the soldiers of The Newfoundland Regiment from their trenches, across no mans land to their resting place on the German front line. Y Ravine Cemetery was the first that we actually entered, and it was a very moving experience. We then visited the memorial to the 51st Division and enjoyed the pipes and drums of the PL band.

After lunch we visited the Thiepval Memorial to the missing and searched the almost 74,000 names for our own. Once again, the PL pipers played, this in time as a tribute to our fallen relatives. From here we stopped off at the impressive Lochnagar Crater enroute to the equally impressive Canadian National Memorial at Vimy Ridge.

We all reflected at the end of today on the enormity of the battle of the Somme, and we’re also very proud of our pipers and drummers for their magnificent playing today.

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Battlefields 2012 Day 2

We’ve had a busy first full day in Belgium today following in the footsteps of the brave men of the first world war. We began the day learning about the underground war which was fought by miner soldiers from both sides. We witnessed the enormous crater produced by one of the explosions from one of these mines before going onto visit Messines Chapel. At Messines we heard the remarkable story of Mr Albert and how he set about getting the bells replaced then went up to see (and hear) them ourselves. They must’ve known we were coming as Auld Lang’s Syne rang out while we were up there.

After lunch we actually got to get down into a section of a real first world war trench and contemplated what it must’ve like to have lived and died in such terrible conditions. Our last stop today was at Hill 60 where the first and second world wars intersected with the same bunkers being used by the Germans in both wars – and then by us today – 38 in one bunker!

After dinner we rounded the day off with a reflection on the day writing down some of our thoughts from each of the experiences before heading to the park to kick about a ball.

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