Junior Trips Day
Our First Form had a terrific day at Whipsnade Zoo on Friday July 1st 2016. Their behaviour, attitude and approach were perfect, as was the weather. In their workshop, they looked at the connection between habitats and how that is connected to enclosure enrichment. This supported elements of the Geography, PSHE, R.S and Science work for both this year and next. Our workshop leader was very impressed with their engagement; he gave us an insight into how the chimps are cared for. The zoo must heed the Five Freedoms for the animals in their care: Freedom from hunger or thirst; Freedom from discomfort; Freedom from pain; injury or disease; Freedom to express normal behaviour and freedom from fear and distress.
A conservation message was apparent all around the zoo. The group were told about an amazing project at the sea lion exhibit. Since 2013 over nine thousand kilos of discarded fishing nets have been collected for recycling into carpet tiles, drastically transforming littered beaches along the Danajon Bank, Philippines. Every year tonnes of abandoned or lost fishing nets entangle and needlessly kill fish and other marine life, while polluting beaches and villages. The success of this project run by conservationists at the Zoological Society of London (ZSL), global carpet tile manufacturer Interface, Inc, together with local partners that include Project Seahorse Foundation (PSF), heralds a new approach to saving our seas. These carpet tiles are being used in the zoo for their indoor area.
This year the Second Form spent the day exploring Hampton Court Palace as part of their work on Tudor England. The groups accessed the historic kitchens, chapel, bedrooms and chocolate house and, as part of the trip, pupils also had the chance to handle various historical artefacts during an Investigating History workshop. Fragments of floor tiles, a chamber pot, wine jug and whetstone were all available for the students to examine.
The grounds of the palace were also open to the public and the students relished the opportunity to show off their photography and sketching skills. These drawings and photos will be entered into a school competition to win a collection of art supplies.
(Written by Montana Ingrassia Hancock)
On Friday 1st july all of the 3rd Form went on a field trip to Stratford-Upon-Avon, the birthplace of William Shakespeare. On the trip we participated in an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of the Swan and Royal Shakespeare Theatre. We got to witness the RSC rehearse their production of 'A Midsummer Night's Dream', as well as going into the costume and special effects department. We also explored the assistant director's, lighting and sound control offices.
After a break for lunch we listened to a talk by a man who has devoted his life to studying Shakespeare. We then got to walk around Shakespeare's house and took part in a snippet of a performance of 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' in the garden. Overall, I think it's safe to say we had an amazing day!