Field trips offer our students the opportunity to enhance their learning experience away from their regular school environment. It provides a setting for them to learn in a more hands-on and interactive manner and to help them develop the skills for critical observation and thinking.
Every year numerous field trips will be organised to increase students’ understanding of and exposure to curriculum related topics. Here are some of the field trips organised by our tutors, read on to find out more.
Classics Trip: Learning more about Virgil
In February, the students who are studying Classical Civilisation at A2 level went to a day of lectures given by Russell Group university experts on the unit ‘Virgil and the World of the Hero’.
RSC: The Tempest
On a bright but cold January morning, students studying The Tempest were taken up to Stratford by coach. What follows are my observations on the production they saw (by Richard Martin, Head of English).
GCSE trip to the Roman Baths
In December, the History department took the IGCSE and the Year 10 History classes on a trip to Bath to see the Roman bath complex and the museum. The students particularly enjoyed talking to the characters who were in costume. These were based on real people who lived and worked at Aquae Sulis 2000 years ago and whose lives were reconstructed from the evidence found at the site. The evidence reveals a diverse and multi-cultural society with people from all over the empire.
French Film Day at the BFI Southbank
Towards the end of the autumn term, we took our AS and A2 students to a secondary school event at the British Film Institute on London’s Southbank: “Le Cinéma Français: the Nouvelle Vague and Contemporary Dramas”. Led by a highly experienced, mother tongue teacher with a passion for cinema, this study day was organised in response to the new A Level specifications, which require students to explore French culture by analysing, among other things, a film made by one of France’s many renowned directors.
Theatre Trip: The Children
This performance will test your skill as a reader of the play and as an observer and critic of the production.
On the 30th of November, the A level students of MPW, made the short journey on the District Line to watch Lucy Kirkwood’s ‘The Children’ at the Royal Court in Sloane Square. The play, a sensible and accurate cautionary tale about baby boomer’s inheritance for the newer generations, chooses to give itself a measure of time and place and abandons the epic widescreen from her latest work Chimerica.
Physics Conference: Imperial College
On the 21st of November, the physics department attended a series of talks at Imperial College. Two of the most interesting (according to MPW student Matthew Arnold) were Quantum Computing by Nicholas Harrigan, and The Big Bang by Simon Singh.
Emerging Technologies Conference
In November, A level ICT students from MPW went to Imperial College’s Emerging Technologies conference. The conference covered many areas of cutting-edge development including healthcare, Formula 1 and 3D printing.
Theatre trip: No Man's Land
No Man’s Land begins with the phrase any drinker knows well: “As it is” and ends with a phrase equally well-known to the toper: “I’ll drink to that”. A drinking game in which one tried to match the characters’ alcohol intake in this play would be one doomed to end in Accident and Emergency and the prospect of a stomach pump. I do not recommend it.
Duke of Edinburgh Expedition
Over the half term in October, we embarked on a Duke of Edinburgh Award expedition in the South Downs.
There were four girls taking part in this trip. Initially, we were driven to the top of one of the hills and asked to find our campsite, carrying our large rucksacks all the way. Luckily, we were accompanied by one of the senior assessors, Richard. When we were climbing up hills, the wind was getting wild and it was difficult for us to climb. We made it finally, and stood on the top to enjoy the lush view (we couldn’t help taking pictures).