Ont the weekend of 13th – 15th July, 51 students and 5 staff took on the Friday night traffic and headed to Dorset for the annual geography field trip. They arrived at field study centre, Leeson House, where they would stay for 2 nights, and enjoyed take away pizza for dinner.
On Saturday morning they woke to bright sunshine and after a quick breakfast they headed to Studland Bay to explore the sand dunes, performing a transect survey to identify the changes in vegetation as the dunes move inland. After this they travelled to Handfast Point to see the spectacular cave arch and stump formation that is Old Harrys Rocks. Students then had some free time to explore Swanage town which included looking at the coastal defences put in place to protect the town from flooding. On Saturday evening they headed back to Leeson House where they enjoyed dinner followed by team building games such as the famous tug of war and the lesser known challenge of peeling an orange without using your hands!
On Sunday they began the day at Durdle Door beach where they saw the spectacular arch and discussed the geology behind its formation. They then walked the 1.5 miles along the coastal path to Lulworth Cove where they had a well-deserved paddle in the beautiful sea or refreshing ice cream before heading home.
Below Rachel and Lucy give their views on the weekend, and although they have different writing styles, it is clear that the trip was not only enjoyable and fun but valuable to their learning too.
While spending the weekend seeing various geographical locations with teachers may not seem the most exciting prospect for a hot weekend, it was most definitely a fun and interesting time. Being able to see the processes that are explained to us in lessons allowed us to understand and comprehend the scale of such processes. Despite walking a good few miles in fairly hot weather, walking up steeper hills than expected and having to rise much earlier than acceptable for a Saturday morning, it was worth it for the views we saw, the new friendships started, the tan developed and obviously the geography knowledge.
Our trip to Dorset not only helped to enhance our learning by allowing us to see visually what we had been taught, but it also gave us a chance to connect with our peers and teachers. Over the 3 days we were there we walked miles discovering amazing wildlife, famous geographical landmarks and had the best ice scream I have yet to come across! This all took place within the idyllic and historic places dotted along the Jurassic coastline.
Many thanks to the staff that enabled this trip to happen – Mr Crockett, Mr Atkins, Miss Townsend, Mr Suckling and Miss Montagu.