同乐城官网 www.xyqp168.com JAGS pupils enjoyed trips across the world last month during the Easter break, including destinations such as China, Uganda, France and Spain. Read all about the various trips in the reports below.
French study trip to Antibes
30 Year 10 students studying French for their IGCSE travelled to Antibes, on the French Riviera, between the 31st March and the 5th April. The students had a fantastic week and enjoyed
their stay in a spacious residence which was walking distance from the beach, where they all enjoyed the sun and quiet pace of life within hours of arriving. They attended lessons every morning and even joined Austrian students also learning French for some of the lessons. Some learning activities also included interviewing French people in the streets or in the ‘Marché Provençal’.
In the afternoons, the students went on cultural visits and enjoyed getting to know Monaco and its Oceanographic Museum, Nice and its Modern Art Museum, Eze and its perfumery, and Antibes and its beautiful old town of course. We had fabulous weather most of the week and made the most of the sunny weather. Some rain was welcome in Nice so the girls could at last enjoy some free time shopping.
In the evenings, Students took part in activities, from crepe making, singing on the beach or in a karaoke session, to watching a French film or playing French board games. This was an incredible week and the girls fully enjoyed putting their French skills to practice whilst having some fun!
History trip to China – written by Kapri Belentepe and Gemma Callister Radcliffe
This Easter, Year 12 historians had the amazing opportunity to travel to China for nine days in preparation for the Chinese history section of our Pre-U course that we will be starting next term.
Our itinerary for Beijing was packed – we visited famous sites such as Tian’anmen Square, the Forbidden City, the Dowager Empress Cixi’s Summer Palace and, of course, the Great Wall. Despite being blown away by the history behind these incredible places, everyone’s favourite part was undoubtedly the visit to panda zoo, as most of us had never seen a panda before! We also had the opportunity to see the ‘real’ Beijing during a visit to a traditional Hutong (residential area) where we were taught Chinese calligraphy and how to make dumplings.
We then travelled to Nanjing, where we visited the memorial museum for the Nanjing Massacre which took place during the Second Sino-Japanese War. This was a very important part of the trip for us, and we learnt how this horrific event still shapes Japan/China relations today Our last stop in Nanjing was the mausoleum of Dr Sun Yat-sen (after climbing 492 steps to the top), the first president of the Republic of China.
We were up bright and early the next morning to catch the high-speed train to Shanghai. This was a very different city from the others, as there was a much greater western influence visible in comparison. Here we visited the stunning Yuyuan Garden in the Old City, as well as the Jade Buddha Temple, which is home to a 3 ton, 1.95m tall Buddha statue carved from one block of jade. Naturally, we couldn’t visit Shanghai and not go up the Shanghai Tower which, at 632m tall, is the tallest building in China and the second tallest in the world. This included a trip up to the 128th floor in the world’s fastest and tallest (within a building) lift, travelling at 20.5m/s.
Needless to say, we were all exhausted by the time we boarded the flight from Shanghai back to London, but the knowledge and experience that we gained from this amazing trip more than made up for the jetlag we suffered afterwards!
Spanish trip to Madrid – written by Maya Patel
Sightseeing, sunshine and stars sums up the fantastic trip to Madrid that eight of us sixth form Spanish students were lucky enough to go on during the Easter holidays. We tasted some delicious, authentic Spanish food including churros and tapas, we were able to see the sights of the city not only on foot but also from the glamourous rooftop terraces and we could relate the trip back to our studies through practising our speaking, watching an adaptation of the play we are studying and viewing the real places where Almodovar’s movies we have watched were filmed. However, the most exciting part was without doubt meeting three Spanish actors who we all recognised and loved: Jaime Lorente, Maria Pedraza and Blanca Portillo!
Junior Ski Trip to Tignes, France – written by Mary in Year 8
Some might think we are crazy for agreeing to go on a school ski trip- setting off at 1am is enough to put most people off. But anyone that loves to ski knows that the journey to get there is part of the adventure. No matter how long it takes by car, coach and plane- skiers don’t mind, we just want to get to the mountains- and that is exactly the attitude that the Tignes 2019 trip had setting off on that dark, cold April night.
Luckily, the rewards once we arrived in France were plentiful. We enjoyed all the mountains had to offer- blue sky days where the sun shone on the glistening mountains and we skied in our T-shirts; freezing days when we could barely see in front of us and the powder came up to our waists. Each day we worked on our technique on and off the pistes with our French ski school instructors. They were so impressed with our skills that they took us to explore canyons and had us compete against local French children in a slalom race. In the evenings the fun didn’t stop. Back in our cosy hotel we enjoyed a quiz night, a movie night, a Bingo night and we even had giant game of hide & seek.
I think we all left Tignes with many happy memories and now all there is left to do is count the days until we can do it all over again next year!
Trip to Uganda to work with the charity AFFCAD
15 Sixth Formers travelled to Kampala, Uganda over Easter to volunteer with our partner charity, AFFCAD. Upon arrival at AFFCAD headquarters, they were given an inspiring speech from Miss Parker and Jaffa about the incredible impact that the charity has made in Bwaise. The girls then met their Ugandan counterparts for the “Girls4Girls” campaign, playing games & learning dances to get to know each other. The girls also began their project for the week; building the school children a playground and painting the walls of the nursery classroom. They loved meeting all of the bubbly, excitable students at the school and enjoyed singing ‘Baby Shark’ with them! The girls also attended some of the lessons at the school.
Another highlight for many of the students was visiting the homes of their Girls4Girls partners and
meeting their families. Grace said, ‘It was such an amazing experience to be invited into her home and to learn a bit more about her everyday life. She even told us about her favourite TV soaps!’
After completing their project, the team said an emotional goodbye to the community of Bwaise and travlled the long journey over to Queen Elizabeth National Park. The following morning, they headed out early on a 4x4 game drive; looking for wildlife in the National Park. They saw a vast array of incredible creatures including lions, hippos and elephants.
All in all, the team had an incredible trip and made memories that will last a lifetime. The trip wasn’t without its challenges but all the girls learnt a lot about themselves, one another and the wider world as a result.
Geography A Level Lake District Trip 29th March – 2nd April
On the morning of Friday 29th March 13 A level Geographers headed to Blencathra in the Lake District with 5 days of glacial and places research ahead of them. For the first two days the girls learnt a range of data collection techniques from non-participant observation techniques to measuring glacial striations on rocks. On Friday and Saturday evening they began their planning of their own independent investigations which is worth 20% of their A level grade. Students geographical interests and passions began to come out, as they were making their own choices on what they wanted to study.
During the following two days the students worked hard collecting their data during the day and in the evenings analysing and presenting their data. Investigations titles range from exploring socio economic patterns in Keswick to whether glacial landforms conform with textbook theories.
They students were outstanding. They were excellent company, worked so well independently and in groups and were so polite and considerate to all the staff at the field centre. It was mine and Mrs Mollison’s pleasure to spend the first 4 days of our Easter holidays with them.
They have gained invaluable experience and data for their coursework. We are all feeling really positive about the quality of the coursework that they are going to produce over the next a few months.