Best of the West

Enrichment Week – Best of the West

During Enrichment week this year, Mrs Skelton, Miss Warring, Mrs Davenport and Mr Marner took 21 students from Years 7 – 9 on a whirlwind tour of the best that the beautiful South West has to offer. The week started with a visit to the National Marine Aquarium, a guided tour proved to be incredibly educational with everyone learning a huge amount about the fish, sharks and other sea creatures found at the aquarium. After lunch students had the opportunity to explore the aquarium in their own groups and everyone had an excellent time, the rays and sharks were particular favourites. Day two saw another animal based adventure, with a visit to Paignton Zoo. The rain didn’t dampen spirits and the students spent the day exploring the zoo and seeing the huge variety of animals, including the new baby giraffe and the beautiful cheetah.

Day three, we left the city of Plymouth behind to venture across the bridge in to deepest, darkest Cornwall. After a quick pit stop at Cornwall Services we made our way to Coverack, to the stunning youth hostel that would be our home for the next two nights. With amazing sea views overlooking Coverack and the Lizard and a stair case that came from a wrecked ship it proved to be a popular choice with students and staff. Once we had unpacked and settled in we took the chance to grab a cornish ice cream at Roskillys ice cream farm. A guided tour from the owner Toby gave a brilliant insight in to the workings of the farm, the blast chiller gave everyone a shock as it was minus 25 degrees! After tasting the ice cream we made our way to Falmouth to Ocean Bowl where the students were able to test their skill against each other in a high stakes game of ten pin. Owen Nicholls won the day with an impressive score of 114. After a delicious dinner of roast chicken and brownies, the students spent the evening in the youth hostel, playing pool, watching films and playing 'connect four'.

Tin Mining

The next day was a trip to Geevor Tin Mine, a beautiful site overlooking the coast of west Penwith. The students were given the opportunity to try out ancient mining techniques before being shown around the historical site, and getting an insight in to the day to day lives of tin miners. After lunch we had the chance to go in to one of the old mines, it was incredibly small, and incredibly low, not to mention damp and muddy, finally we had just enough time to pan for precious stones before making our way back to Coverack. The evening was spent eating pasta bake, playing football, more pool and more ‘connect four!’ Friday came and it was time to leave the serenity of the cornish village, we packed up, thanked the amazing staff and after our scrummy full English breakfast we headed to Crealy for a celebration of the week. The students were fabulous, and it was a pleasure to spend the week with them. Roll on next year! (we’ve already booked for the week!)

Miss Warring
(ACL for PE)