The Battlefields tour originated from my old Social Studies teacher growing up in Whitehorse, Yukon. After a few years teaching he contacted me to see if I would be interested in doing a Battlefield Tour to Europe with high school students as he had run a few trips before. I eagerly jumped at the opportunity and four trips later here we are.
In 2012 I was presented with the Rundle Academy Legacy Award for the WWI?WWII Battlefield Trip. Below is the letter written by a colleague about the importance of the tour.
This year it is my pleasure to present the Legacy Award to a teacher who, in my mind, meets and exceeds the criteria of this award. Mr. Hoganson has contributed to our school in so many different ways from his consistent leadership to his passion for learning both inside and outside of the school walls. Of all his successes, I believe Mr Hoganson’s greatest accomplishment is his WW1/WW2 Battlefield Tour. Eight years ago, Mr. Hoganson saw the importance of having the Academy students be exposed to the Social Studies curriculum in a manner that could not only be best taught but also best felt on the rain blown shores of Western France amidst the vast fields of crosses that stand for the fallen soldiers of the two world wars. Since this time, Mr. Hoganson has led 4 school groups through WWI and WWII battlefields, each year improving on the last and even adding Germany to his most recent trip. The WWI/WWI Battlefields Tour has become an integral part to our schools culture and extra-curricular programs, and it has had a major impact on our students. .
A student who attended the trip recounted his experience in saying: “One of the most important aspects of the trip is how it teaches the students to remember the events, to learn about them, and to share their experience with their peers“.
The impact of this trip extended beyond just the travelers as parent too have recognized the importance of such a trip. One parent remarked: “Terry brings not only a magnitude of historic knowledge to all of the students who are fortunate enough to be a part of the Battlefield tour, but he ensures the trip is deeply respectful and considerate of our fallen Canadian soldiers”.
This trip has, without a doubt, become an integral component to our school and a favourite memory of those who have attended. Having attended this tour on two separate occasions I can attest that the students’ connection with the Social Studies curriculum went from theory and memorization to a truly heart felt appreciation and connection to our history
Terry, your list of accomplishments and successes at Rundle is long and impressive. You have truly made Rundle a better place to learn for our students, and all of us recognize your effort and great vision for Rundle. It is with great pleasure and admiration that I present the Legacy Award to you. Let’s give a big hand for Mr. Terry Hoganson!
Parent Testimonial of Europe trip:
Mr. Terry Hoganson organizes a professional once in a lifetime experience and opportunity for the students of Rundle Academy to be a part of the Europe World War I and II Battlefield tour. Our son had never been away from home on an international trip and Mr. Hoganson was concise and thorough in all information presented to us about the Europe trip. As parents we felt at ease taking our son to the airport knowing he would be in trustworthy hands. Terry brings not only a magnitude of historic knowledge to all of the students who are fortunate enough to be a part of the Battlefield tour, but he ensures the trip is deeply respectful and considerate of our fallen Canadian soldiers. On a personal note, our family was deeply moved by Terry’s thoughtfulness in making it possible for our son to visit the gravesite of his fallen Great, Great Uncle who died during The Battle of Passchendaele.
Stacey & Myles Klimek
The Rundle Europe trip is a once in a lifetime experience for students to learn about the first and second world wars, and get a hands on look and feel of what really happened. One of the most important aspects of the trip is how it teaches the students to remember the events, to learn about them, and to share their experience with their peers. After having gone on this trip, I am now much more aware of what happened during those years, why it happened, and the effect that the wars had on our lives.
Click on the link below to see how the trip went and to read students blog posts.
Click on one of the pictures below to view as a slide show.