Year 8 History Trip to London

On July 3rd, 40 year 8 students, 4 sixth form helpers and 4 staff members went off to London to enjoy a day of sightseeing and History. Armed with SPF, sun hats and sunglasses, we were ready for the Big Smoke. Our coach took a little longer than usual but we made it to Buckingham Palace to see the crowds and climb the Victoria Memorial Statue. A few of our girls tried sneaking in the gates, but some burly policemen soon moved them along! Afterwards, we walked through St. James' Park, where Mr. Gay posed for his Annual Awkward Photo with Chloe, and then onto Horseguards and Whitehall. In the courtyard outside the Admiralty Building, we enjoyed seeing RAF planes on display to commemorate 100 years of the RAF. Unusually at Horseguards, we noticed that all the guards on duty were women (#girlpower). On Whitehall we saw the Banquet House, the scene of the execution of Charles I, the Cenotaph and Women's WW2 memorial. Next, we went to Parliament Square to see the newest statue to be added, one of Millicent Fawcett, a campaigner for Women's Suffrage. Then, we took a short walk to Westminster Pier, past the Abbey and the Houses of Parliament, and a scaffolded Big Ben, to catch our Clipper (AKA the River Cruise) down the Thames. Whilst waiting to board, we chatted to the staff and watched a high speed police boat chase down the Thames! The air conditioned catamaran was a welcome break from the heat of the sun, not to mention the onboard refreshments and toilets! From the Thames we saw The London Eye, St. Paul's, Shakespeare's Globe, Millennium Bridge, HMS Belfast, The Shard and Tower Bridge, before disembarking at the Tower of London. Once inside, we met a Beefeater who insisted on having his picture taken with us! Unfortunately, the queues were too long for us to see the Crown Jewels, but the students were compensated with an ice-cream. We saw suits of Armour and weapons and learned about the history of the Tower. In addition, we visited the church which is the burial site of Saints Thomas More and John Fisher, which was very exciting for their Heads of House, Mrs Lavelle and Mr. Gay. After we had visited the Bloody Tower, we headed out to meet our coach. After a longer than expected wait for the coach, we were finally on our way home. Mr.Docherty was very concerned that he might miss the England match, but thankfully, Mrs. Lavelle's generous data package saved the day. We pulled up at school just as Colombia equalised! Thanks to all the year 8s for a fun day out - I hope you managed to learn something during the fast paced 'lessons in da street' from Mr. Gay! Also thanks to Mrs. Doyle, Mr. Docherty, Mr. Gay and our 4 helpers, Jack, Laurence, Katie and Marcel, who were happy to be paid in Starbucks and KFC! Lots of photos on our Twitter, @STACSHistory

Mrs Lavelle
Head of More House

Year 8 Trip to London 2018 from Mrs Lavelle

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