Off to Antwerpen!
From 26-29 Septeber, our grade 8’s have gone for an exciting 4-day adventure, to Antwerpen, Belgium. In this blog, you will find a daily update about their day with some pictures!
Day 1: Mountain biking and climbing
Students punctually arrived at school and waved their parents goodbye at sharp 8am! Their first halt was Bergen op zoom. From mountain biking to climbing to free play sports, they had a rather active day! The group then made their way to Antwerpen. After a quick check in, they walked over to Da Giovanni for a much deserved, scrumptious dinner! Back into their retreat- we are not saying into bed!
Day 2: De Ruien and Museum aan de Stroom
In two groups the students will explore De Ruien and Museum aan de Stroom this morning. After lunch they will take a guided city walk through Antwerpen and have some free time to explore by themselves. Dinner will be at the Hardrock Café. After dinner the students will go bowling before returning to their hostel.
At De Ruien a visit to this hidden system of corridors, with its old vaults, canals, bridges, sewers and sluices, will take the students on a journey through time. In the Middle Ages, countless Ruien, vlieten and vesten traversed the city. When these waterways lost their function as source and port, the Ruien were covered and a unique piece of heritage disappeared from the cityscape and our memory.
Museum aan de Stroom (MAS) aims to be an international and pioneering museum about the global connectedness between people and collections from different cultures and environments. With a river of tales, viewed from multiple perspectives, we engage everyone to be curious about the present, past and future of Antwerp and the world.
Day 3: World War I in Gent and Ieper
Today the students will visit Gent. After a slf-led city walk they will visit the American Cemetry and the In Flanders Fields Museum. They will go to Captain Cook for dinner. After dinner they will watch the Last Post at Menenpoort in Ieper.
The In Flanders Fields Museum conserves the link World Wa I. Because the nature of war does not change over time, the museum considers presenting this war story to be a universal and contemporary message of peace, and therefore an important social mission.