32 Year 9 students from Liskeard School and Community College have taken part in an immersive First World War experience, following in the footsteps of Cornish men who fought in the war. The Trench Bodmin, which runs until the 15th July, sees audiences enlist at The Keep, before travelling by steam train to Lanhydrock Estate, where the trench experience is simulated.

Students were able to get a real feel for life in the trench, providing invaluable experience when it comes to their understanding of the First World War. Students were each given a character, whose path they followed throughout the experience, learning more about the challenges they faced.

The experience featured a wide variety of different events that mirrored life in the trench during the war. From enlistment and marching to the station in front of a watching crowd, to writing letters from the trench and capturing a German soldier, to finding out about the Armistice Declaration, the list of real life experiences that students participated in goes on.

Two former Liskeard School students – Tom Roberts and Jordan Hunkin – were volunteering at the event, and both did a great job. Liskeard School students had also been involved in the production of the set of The Trench Bodmin, working with set designer Alan Munden to create large scale portraits of some of the characters featured in the experience.

Mr. Pollard, who organised the trip, was delighted with how much students enjoyed the experience.

β€œThe whole event was great! Our students did us proud. They thoroughly enjoyed it and gained a lot from it. A very big thank you goes to Mrs Schooling and all who helped the trip go so well - all your help and support was much appreciated,” he said.


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