After a postponement because of torrential rain, the Geography trip for Year 10 went ahead this week. We travelled to the park using several different transport methods including the DLR – a driverless train. Accompanied by Ms Mackie, who previously worked as a Landscape Architect on the site, we went to the park to carry out an investigation into its sustainability (a real Geography buzzword at the moment!). The students conducted themselves really well and worked hard carrying out surveys and more challengingly questionnaires. This was a great opportunity for our pupils to gain confidence and experience talking to members of the public and they all rose to the challenge. A highlight of the day was ascending the AcelorMittal Orbit tower- a great place to observe the changes and on-going development of the area. There were 455 steps to walk down as we all chose not to take the 40 second, 15MPH slide down – in parts it appeared to be vertical! It was worth the walk as we spotted a huge birds nest tucked into the structure of the tower.
A final excitement was another aspect of a trip to London – ‘celeb’ spotting. Not exactly David Beckham or a member of 1D, but we saw the actor Don Warrington who is currently appearing in ‘Death in Paradise’. Unfortunately, we didn’t manage to get an interview with him!
Mrs Mills – Head of Geography