On April 12th the Grades 5 to 8 students travelled to the Manitoba Archives to view a limited showing of many documents, maps, letters, war correspondence, and read about personal stories from the Canada’s defining battle at Vimy Ridge.

The Manitoba Archives welcomed us as the only class to attend this event which was for only one day. The students participated in scavenger hunts, read stories from the battlefield and searched the maps to identify enemy trenches and allied trenches. Students were able to ask researchers questions and talk to many individuals who had family connections to the soldiers that fought at Vimy Ridge.

After the archives students then went to the Vimy Ridge Memorial Park to place poppies at the two monuments recognizing the Manitoba soldiers who battled at Vimy Ridge.

Leading up to the trip, students studied the battle of Vimy Ridge and the story of Vimy Oaks. Students watched the Vimy Ridge Remembrance ceremony, read numerous books about the soldiers and the different strategies used to win the battle. As well, students recognized the sacrifice that so many young Canadians did for them.

Students also studied the story of Vimy Oaks foundation. The foundation’s goal is to restore original Oak trees to battlefield at Vimy, which all were destroyed during the battle.

A big thank you to Mrs. Margetts & Mrs. Cameron who helped organize, plan and share information with all of our students.

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