On the 24th June, 175 Year 6 students embarked on a journey to the Conway Centre as part of the Key Stage 2/3 transition residential. Students participated in a range of activities including water sports and an art project over a three day period. The weather was fantastic and students had a great time getting to know their tutors and making new friends.
The year group theme was ‘Climb to the Top’ a theme that will stay with the cohort for the next five years as they embark on their journey up their high school ‘mountain’ to the summit. The transition into high school is now complete and the staff are looking forward to welcoming our new year 7’s in September. Well done Year 6, already you are a credit to our school community.
Students of Spanish from years 11, 12 and 13 enjoyed a cultural trip to Barcelona from 19 – 24 April. We truly made the most of every minute we had in this amazing city by packing in lots of different cultural activities and opportunities to use our Spanish. We spent most of the time outdoors, taking in the sights of the city on foot and by metro.
On day 1, everyone went shopping for their picnic lunch in the famous market of La Boqueria on Las Ramblas. It really is a sight to behold with all the exotic fruits and vegetables piled high. There were also some scarier sights for the unaccustomed eye in the form of butchers’ stalls! We then travelled by metro, foot and outdoor escalator to the beautiful setting of Parc Güell, where we ate our picnics, under blazing sunshine, on the famous mosaic bench designed by Gaudí with a panoramic view of the city. On our way home we stopped off on Barcelona’s most chic street to see the famous houses that Gaudí built in his own personal style.
Day 2 was really special. We were lucky enough for our visit to coincide with a local neighbourhood festival, where a “concurs de castells” or a “human tower building competition” was taking place. We watched in awe (and occasionally fear) as the human towers grew ever higher and the smallest member of the team – the enanxeta – climbed fearlessly up the tower of up to 9 people high! We then visited the Sagrada Familia cathedral – you need to see it with your own eyes to believe it as pictures just don’t do this amazing building justice. How many cathedrals have you seen with stone crocodiles and snails slithering up the outside?! After all this excitement, some relaxation was called for, so we headed to the coast for a gentle stroll along the promenade of the Olympic Village and to rest on the sand.
During the half term holidays a group of 47 students went to Bormio, Italy. It was the first time that the school had taken students to Europe on a school ski trip for several years.
The students arrived on Saturday the 16th of February early in the morning after a few hiccups along the way including a few lost passports, boarding cards and forgotten suitcases, ready to hit the slopes the next morning. With majority of the group being newcomers to the sport, there was a lot of falls throughout the week that were worthy of a mention. Miss Pizzuto took the whole of her group out several times, people were trying to practice their turns on the button lift, which did not work out quite how they planned.
The beginner group managed to make it up to the top of the mountain by the end of the week, with many leaving feeling very confident skiers. Later in the week the group took a trip to the Bormio spa, which was very luxurious, they also went to a disco and a local pizzeria another night! There were as many funny moments off the ski slopes as there was on the slopes, with everyone having a great time, the trip was a great success.
We look forward to returning in 2015, newcomers or experienced, you will have a great time.
Hannah and Jenna