We travelled up to Stratford in the foulest of conditions and were concerned that many of our outdoor activities would be seriously affected. This was not to be as the weather quickly improved over the week and allowed us to have a spectacular day at Warwick Castle. The benefit of the castle's position was most evident as the visibility from the top of Guy's Tower was literally as far as the eye could see. Perfect for spotting approaching hostiles.
We learned about the life and times of William Shakespeare and visited his birthplace on Henley Street, a lovely half timbered house full of the period furniture and materials. We also visited Holy Trinity Church where he was baptised and buried.
Ironically it was an indoor event that was sabotaged by Tuesday's torrential rain. Our badminton session at the leisure centre had to be cancelled because the sports hall had suffered considerable leakage through the roof. We managed to negotiate a brilliant climbing session instead on the brand new Clip'n'Climb facility.
Our drama workshop on Henry V, was highly motivating and helped considerably in the understanding of the evening's performance at the RST.
Our last morning was glorious as we immersed ourselves in the mid sixteen hundreds at Mary Arden's Farm (Shakespeare's mother). This was an authentic Elizabethan small holding with many rare breeds present. The children experienced some goose driving, falconry and horse grooming. They witnessed life in the kitchen, all the cooking done over an open fire, but didn't seem that impressed by the amount of work involved just to produce a potage!
Mr Whitman, Year 7 Tutor
'The trip to Stratford helped us bond as friends and get to know our teachers. We learnt a lot about Shakespeare and castle defence systems.' Katie, Year 7
'Stratford was great, I loved the Royal Shakespeare Theatre.' Max, Year 7
'Stratford was a brilliant chance to make new friends, I learnt a lot about Shakespeare, but my favourite part was Mr Whitman's awesome pop quiz!' Ella, Year 7
'It was all awesome ... the bowling, watching Henry V, and of course watching everyone scream in the dungeons at Warwick Castle!' Jack, Year 7