Our Amazing School Trips

Our Ancient History Trip to Southern Italy

At the end of June the school took 22 pupils on an Ancient History trip to southern Italy. We stayed in a lovely hotel in Piano de Sorrento. We visited the ruins of Pompeii (with Mr Corbett as our tour guide) and climbed Mt Vesuvius, taking in a magnificent view of the area from 4000ft!

On Wednesday we went to the beautiful island of Capri where we saw the Villa Jovis and the highest point of the island in 2 different groups. One group took a very scary chair lift to the top! The views were spectacular and the sea was so clear and blue.

On the last day we went into Sorrento for a slap up lunch and souvenir buying before visiting the well preserved town of Herculaneum, where we saw both buildings and skeletons from the ancient days.

Overall, we had loads of fun, ate lots of ice cream and pizza and learnt a lot about History! We hope to go again next year!

Tamsyn Christie and Alex Kierl

New York, New York
So good they named it twice!
Trip 2016

On Monday 27th June 2016, 27 Year 10 students and 4 teachers left Manches-ter bound for JFK for a once in a lifetime opportunity for many students – one of the international business capitals in the world.

After a 6 hour flight we checked into the Marriott Courtyard, Downtown Manhattan Hotel and made our way to Times Square for a meal at McDonalds before hitting the dizzy heights of The Empire State Building, with views of New York – what better introduction to our ‘home’ for several days.

After a good night’s sleep, and a continental breakfast, we made our way on the Open Top Green Tour Bus to Battery Park to set sail for the Statue of Liberty where pupils were able to explore Liberty Island in their friendship groups and learn about the history of this iconic landmark. We jumped on the Green Bus again to see more of Manhattan.

In the evening we had tickets for the New York Yankees vs Texas Rangers baseball game in The Bronx getting in the mood with the Anthem and Yankee traditions. A small group were hoping to catch a show on Broadway but ticket prices were so high this was prohibitive – an alternative of shopping was offered and warmly welcomed by the girls – our first visit to Macys. After a full day we retired to the hotel for a good night’s sleep.

Day 2, after breakfast, we hopped on the subway and visited the Museum of American Finance for a workshop – ‘Open Outcry: Trading Then and Now’ - this class taught students the mechanics of trading markets, the interplay between profit-seeking individuals and the economics of market pricing. It took a while to warm up to this new concept but everybody managed to make some profit by the end of the session.

We walked to the 9/11 Memorial and experienced the devastation this has left on the skylines of New York – a quiet moment for all. In the afternoon, the group were able to experience shopping in Greenwich Village before our culinary experience at the Jekyll & Hyde Club – this themed restaurant was another once in a lifetime experience in how to tap into a niche market. I am sure it created a lasting impression with the students with the bizarre props and characters that are integral to the Jekyll & Hyde Experience.

Our final day included last minute shopping and a visit to Central Park. Some enjoyed a leisurely ride around the park whilst others enjoyed baseball in the park and some even managed to visit the zoo. We made our way back to the hotel to meet the coach to JFK for our homeward bound flight, arriving back in Manchester to a rainy forecast!

GCSE Media Studies London Trip

Last week a group of 22 Media Studies students travelled to London for an action-packed adventure in the entertainment industry. Despite the early start, pupils were raring to go and excited to begin the journey. Our first stop, after booking into our accommodation, was the London Film Academy; students attended a directing workshop and learned how to create a shot list for a short film sequence. Our experienced film-director/tutor Enrico was full of energy and enthusiasm, providing the pupils with a brilliant learning experience. After all the hard work, it was certainly time for a recharge at Fire and Stone for a slap-up pizza dinner. With a short time to rest our legs, our group headed to the Theatre Royal to watch Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. A spellbinding spectacle unfolded before our eyes for the next two hours and everyone seemed to enjoy the show whilst munching on their cotton candy and Wonka sweets. Retiring to the hotel, the students settled down to sleep ready for the highlight of the tour the next day.

Harry Potter World was our single destination for the following day. Our awesome driver, Luis, deposited us in the car park and from the moment of disembarking, we stepped into a land of magic, perfectly highlighted by the twisted Potter traffic cones! Pupils patiently endured a long queue, finally stepping through the doors of Hogwarts to view real sets from all the movies. We saw: Hagrid’s Cabin, The Great Hall, Privet Drive and many, many more. The huge model of Hogwarts Castle used for filming was impressive and awe-inspiring. Of course, the true highlight of the tour was the gift shop. Wands were flying off the shelves, chocolate frogs leaping into baskets and notepads fluttering at the checkout; the pupils certainly purchased some brilliant souvenirs to remind them of the trip. Returning home, it was abundantly clear that students had had a fabulous time and many of the Y8s who have opted for Media Studies were given a taste of what to expect over the next three years. All the staff agreed that the pupils were exceptionally well behaved and proved to be fantastic Walkden STARS. We cannot wait to see you all next year!

Mrs Hall and Mrs Venables

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