On a balmy summer evening, the anarchic anthem, 'Stick it to the Man', echoed around Drury Lane as Chapel High School students paid their tribute to the stars of the Gillian Lynne Theatre's production of 'The School of Rock'. We were lucky enough to be perfectly placed at the stage door as many of the cast members were leaving the theatre. We even had our photograph taken with the star of the show, Stephen Leask.
Although this visit to the West End marked the highlight of our trip, it was only one part of a superb experience. Coach transfers to and from our hotel were smooth and trouble free. Likewise, accommodation in Heathrow's Premier Inn (other budget hotels are available), was also excellent and provided all the comforts endorsed by Lenny Henry. Students and staff enjoyed a great breakfast at the hotel and our very substantial packed lunch was eaten whilst watching a variety of the street entertainment on offer on the South Bank.
The planned visit to the Globe Theatre was yet another highlight. However, it was made particularly special by witnessing British theatre icon, Mark Rylance, rehearsing the role of Iago in Shakespeare's 'Othello'. What a treat!
Our tour guide, Joy, pointed out many of the sights of our capital city as we drove around some of the most famous London attractions. On the Wednesday evening, she also directed us to Covent Garden's Wildwood restaurant where everyone cleared their plates and chatted in eager anticipation of the show to follow.
Eventually, an impeccably behaved group of 44 students returned to school on the evening of Thursday, July 19th following an extremely successful trip to London's theatre land. This was a magical and informative experience and one which all students and staff will remember for a very long time.
Last week, forty year seven and eight students made an early morning coach journey to London to explore some geographical and historical places across the capital.
The trip started with a visit to the Thames Flood Barrier and an explanation of how this impressive piece of engineering kept London safe from flooding. After a lunch break on the banks of the Thames, with City airport in the backdrop, it was time for our trip to take in the monumental Crown Jewels at the Tower of London.
After a couple of hours of looking around the Tower’s attractions, our friendly and extremely knowledgeable coach driver took us on a bus tour of London as we headed for the Rainforest Cafe for tea. Burgers and chips on the menu, with the vast majority of people trying to watch the World Cup semi-final on their phones in the cafe as the thunderstorm sound effects interrupted conversation!
On to the second day, an early morning start was essential to make our clipper boat journey from the London Eye to Greenwich, where we departed the water taxi. Here we had an investigative wander around the Cutty Sark, a grand clipper ship that was first designed to deliver tea to Britain from China. Following lunch, we made the uphill walk to the Greenwich Observatory, home to the historic meridian line. Luckily, we made it in time to see the infamous red ‘Time Ball’ drop. Whilst at the observatory, we also had the opportunity to watch a planetarium show by scientist Fritz Zwicky and his theory of ‘Dark Matter’.
Overall, a truly fantastic trip where both students and staff learned a lot about some of the spectacular sights and bits of engineering that the country’s capital has to offer.
The Saturday Superstars took place over six Saturday mornings this summer term. Five of the sessions were school based. The sixth Saturday was a reward trip in the indoor outdoor adventure centre, Challenge 4 Change, followed by a stop at McDonald's to refuel after an energetic morning challenging our fears!
46 dedicated year 8 students arrived early each Saturday morning to participate in active learning sessions. The sessions varied from making ‘sheep’ footstools in technology, to photoshopping ghostly images in art, to making rockets and exploding cola in science and repotting cuttings in the school’s allotment. The year 9 student leaders supported the progress and engagement of the year 8 students to ensure a truly inclusive and fun learning experience for all.
On Wednesday 4th July four year 10 Chapel-en-le-Frith High students participated in a sustainable science competition at Stockport Grammar School for the first time and won! All teams were allocated famous scientist names; our team was named “Hawking”. The competition comprised of 3 challenges in each scientific discipline: a chemistry based plastics problem titration challenge, a physics based scrap metal electromagnet challenge and a biology based antibiotic resistance challenge. One of the students said “the whole day has been fantastic! We really enjoyed the electromagnet and titration practicals!” Miss Brooke said “this is a stunning result; it was a real privilege to hear the Stockport Grammar 6th form students complementing our students on their subject knowledge and teamwork. This was a very impressive result and well deserved”.