Out and About

Pupils from across the school have been out and about on a variety of trips since Easter, scroll down to see where they have headed out to.

Year 6 En France

During a sunny week in May, the whole of Year 6 spent a week in France as part of their Summer Term curriculum work.

The purpose of the trip was for the children to gather ideas for their Independent Learning Project which they present to their parents and guests during the summer term. The trip gave them the opportunity to think about the topic that they would like to base their project on; topics ranged from French Food and Drink to the D-Day Landings and the Second World War.

The departure was early on Monday morning to catch the ferry from Portsmouth to Ouistreham, Caen. After a fun filled crossing, they arrived at the Château du Baffy in time to settle in and enjoy a 3 course meal.

During the week the pupils visited the American War Cemetery and Omaha Beach, the D-Day Landings Museum and the 360 Cinema in Arromanches, The Pegasus Bridge, Bayeux Tapestry and Cathedral. The Food day included a visit to an organic goats cheese farm to see how the cheese is made, everyone was able to taste the cheese and were given some to take home. Messy but great fun was had making sour dough bread in a bakery! That evening the children were served snails and frogs legs for dinner which most of the children tasted and enjoyed.

The children had a wonderful time; an experience which no doubt will be a highlight of their time in the Junior School.

Around 30 keen PGS historians and Germanists from Years 10-13 spent the first week of the Easter holidays in Germany, sampling the delights of Berlin, Nuremburg and Munich.

For the linguists, there was plenty of opportunity to practice their language with the enthusiastic prompting of Mr Murphy, not least when ordering coffees and ice creams (though not necessarily at time same time!).

For the historians there were plenty of opportunities to see key areas associated with their study of the Cold War whether at IGCSE or IB. The Berlin Wall was one such landmark, although the amount of fragments still on sale, led some in the group to query whether we were being offered ‘fake wall’.

We all enjoyed the efficient public transport system that is such a hallmark of Germany, even despite the ticket inspectors who might have been Stasi leftovers. A walk across the Munich Olympic Stadium roof was a highlight for many, alongside a final evening’s dinner spent in a typical Munich beerhall. A visit to the Nuremburg Nazi parade grounds and to a former GDR prison camp, were sobering reminders of some of its darker 20th century history, while the Munich Film Studios offered a more upbeat and contemporary aspect of German culture, and gave some of our bolder PGS pupils a chance to try out their acting skills.

In all, it was a cross-department collaboration, we are sure to repeat, Brexit or no Brexit!

Ich bin ein

Be You Churl or Gleeman?

Year Three headed to Ufton Court near Reading for their residential trip in May.

Everybody was kept very, very busy and had lots and lots of fun. There was archery and Watling with willow to make a basket, looking at life on a Saxon farm (including milking animals, crushing flour and making butter), making medicine to scare away the plague, lighting fires with flint and steel and following a rune trail.

The highlight of the trip was the Anglo-Saxon feast where the pupils were the guest of the village chief, the Thane! Everyone got to dress up in Anglo-Saxon clothes and pretend to be Saxons - there were a mixture of Churls, Thralls, Minstrels and Gleemen. There were no forks and the children had to eat with their hands, tearing the chicken off the bone. There was also some delicious cake to end and the evening was finished by playing some Anglo-Saxon games.

It was a really good trip and a very exciting experience to have - everyone loves Saxons now!

By Christina Stylianou and Harry Dailly, Year 3

Click below to seen more pictures from the trip.

53 Geography GCSE pupils travelled to Hengistbury Head, Christchurch to complete a physical investigation of how the geology affects the landforms of the area and a human investigation of the effectiveness of the coastal management techniques.

The weather really assisted with the success of the day as pupils ploughed up and down the beach measuring the change of gradient, sat in the sun sketching the cliff and its varied geological strata and resulting features. They bravely and politely spoke to members of the general public about how far they had travelled, the purpose of their visit and their thoughts about the rock groynes, gabions, and beach nourishment techniques employed there.

Finally they trooped to the top of the cliff for the spectacular view of Mudeford Spit and its high value beach huts, thus answering the question about why the area needs so much protection. Pupils collected a lot of the data digitally (on their phones) through the survey123 app, which enables them to automatically map their results since the data is already geo-located, a very powerful use of a commercial GIS package. The pupils are already looking forward to their second day of fieldwork in June, this time in the New Forest.

Digital Data in Dorset

Reflection and Remembrance

Five Year 12 historians and Mr Lemieux were recently fortunate enough to attend a 2 day trip to Auschwitz excellently organised by Kahan Travel, and generously subsidised by the Chesterhill Charitable Trust.

Following an evening flight to Krakow and a night spent at a hotel near the camps, the tour began properly. The group were given expert guided tours around both camps concluding with a short act of reflection and remembrance at the Birkenau Memorial.

Intense, memorable and disturbing perhaps best sum up this trip. As part of the criteria for the trip, the students will be sharing their experiences with the rest of the school next term in assemblies.