Mines, Shakespeare, Castles, Vultures & Art
Years 7,8 and 9 have just returned from an action packed trip that involved mines, Shakespeare, Castles, vultures and art! Heading out from school, the first stop was the fantastic Big Pit National Coal Museum in Blaenavon. Pupils had an underground tour of the mines led by ex-miners. Lowered 300 feet in the cage lift, pupils learned what the working conditions were like for the miners and at one point were plunged into complete darkness!
The next destination was the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-upon-Avon. Years 7 and 8 participated in a workshop about A Midsummer Night's Dream, whilst Year 9 took on Macbeth. The workshops were led by RSC actors and pupils learned how to interpret scripts, project the voice, different acting techniques and were given the opportunity to come up with their version of a section of the plays.
Staying at the fantastic Stratford-upon-Avon YHA, pupils had an evening of team building games before settling down for the night.
Day 2 was spent exploring Warwick Castle. One of the highlights of the trip was the Castle Dungeon experience. Live actors and special effects really did bring to life the gruesome tales and the darkest, bloodiest and most frightening times in the Castle's history. Pupils also learned how knights were trained, saw a bird of prey display where vultures and eagles were flown around the castle ramparts, and a fireball launched from the largest working trebuchet in the world.
The final visit on Day 3 was to the Nature In Art Museum in Gloucester. In a beautiful Georgian mansion, pupils saw a collection of artwork inspired by nature, including the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition. They all got to take part in a batik workshop and produced their own 'nature inspired' piece of art.