Tag: trips

Third Form Art Trip

On Monday Third Formers went to visit the Andreas Gursky exhibition at the Hayward Gallery and the British Museum. The trip was a wonderful opportunity for the girls to find and record inspiration for their current project.

Fifth Form Visit to Tante Marie

Last Friday, our Fifth Form Food Technology students visited the Tante Marie Culinary Academy to prepare them for their three hour assessed practical exam over the next few weeks. The experience provided them with plenty of inspiration to present their dishes with confidence and flair.

First Form Geography Trip

The First Form braved the snowstorms on Monday morning as they made their way to the High Street for their Geography fieldwork to research ‘Why do people shop in Godalming?’ They collected plenty of data from environmental surveys to questionnaires, and are now busy presenting and analysing their results back in the classroom.

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During and following on from half term we have seen a succession of exciting and enriching trips

Upper Sixth Former Bethan relates the experiences of a recent History trip, visiting sites associated with Henry II, Richard the Lionheart and the Wars of the Roses: ‘During the second week of half term, Sixth Form historians set out on an epic Medieval History road trip with Dr Goldsmith and Miss Scott, covering Kent and Northern France. In two cars, we visited Canterbury Cathedral, Dover Castle, Chateau Gaillard, Rouen, Fontevraud Abbey, and Chinon Castle – each of which are relevant to our course – and saw the Bayeux Tapestry before having a picnic lunch at Caen Castle and heading home. The trip was a busy one, packed with information, wonderful places, and a selection of shockingly bad History jokes; and fuelled by the joy of seeing the places mentioned in our textbooks, and the type of excitement induced by castles that only historians know…and plenty of snacks, of course. The trip made our syllabus come alive, and was a brilliant way to round off the half term.’

Mrs Furey reports on a French trip to Montpellier over half term: ‘The French Department took 26 girls to Montpellier, where they stayed with very welcoming and kind host families and had to speak French 24/7! In the mornings, there were 3 hours of lessons followed by activities such as a guided tour of Montpellier, a visit to the beach and to Nîmes and finally photomania and shopping time. The girls learnt about French culture and history while developing their language skills. It was an extremely fun and unforgettable experience.’

Lower Sixth Formers attended a ‘Chemistry in Action’ Conference in London, participating in sessions from leading chemists in academia and industry, with a special session on exam success. Favourite lectures included: ‘From Breaking Bad to making good – the chemistry of drugs’ by Professor David Smith from the University of York, who explained how drugs work, how they can be obtained from natural sources or made in a lab, why gin and tonic became a popular evening drink and how nanomedicines can be used to treat cystic fibrosis; ‘Indestructible Energy!’ by Dr Jamie Gallagher, whose interactive talk included live experiments, including a Kahoot quiz about Energy in which Dr Smith came 3rd!

Ms Treanor reports on an A level Geographers expedition, ‘exploring Compton as part of their ‘Changing Places’ topic. We began with a visit to Watts Gallery and The Studio, where we met with local volunteers who explained the influence that Mary Watts had on the village until her death in the 1930s. Our investigation aims to link people’s lived experiences of Compton in the past and the present, with a focus on economic change and social inequalities. So the girls then set off through the village, to collect data and consider their own perceptions of Compton, in addition to interviewing people who live there. They also interviewed the Heritage Officer from Watts Gallery who provided them with some specific information about the links the Gallery aims to make both locally and internationally. Back in lessons they will now delve deeper and analyse census and other data to help draw conclusions.’

Upper Sixth Form Sociologists attended a ‘Sociology in Action’ conference, here described by Head of Department Mrs Haddock: ‘Students were both entertained and challenged by a series of speakers on a range of subjects from crime to disability and educational aspiration to racial prejudice. They were warned about bias in the media by the writer and columnist Matthew Parris, as well as encouraged by a charismatic poet and professor to see university as a place for social action against racial prejudice – including the tearing down of statues of Rhodes. Other topics questioned common assumptions about how disabled people are restricted, not by their physical impairment, but by the limitations imposed by public structures such as inaccessible transport and buildings. In a similar vein, students were presented with research evidence showing that a lack of opportunities in the education system, such as failing schools and restricted subject choices, rather than a lack of aspiration, prevents pupils from reaching university. We left exhausted, but feeling impassioned and informed, and headed to get some well-deserved refreshment from the local Starbucks!’

Congratulations to… Second Former Romana, a former U12 top 10 UK tennis player, who has been short-listed for the U14 GB National Team. A member of Prior’s Field’s tennis academy, Romana won a Grade 3 tennis tournament last weekend and will shortly play in a Grade 2 tournament in Bolton.

The Science Department broadened perceptions on Monday, with a thought-provoking assembly on the types of career to which studying science can lead. From polar researcher to tropical environmental scientist, aerodynamics engineer, working for the police, in sports nutrition and even…as a teacher, the big message is that you don’t always end up in a lab if you opt to study science beyond GCSE.

From scientific to sporting, talks and trips abounded this week. A level Physics students and some Fifth Form attended a lecture at LVS Ascot on the theme of ‘Our Dynamic Sun’; Drama GCSE and Lower Sixth students enjoyed a dynamic, visual and accessible National Youth Theatre production of Shakespeare’s ‘Othello’, directed by Frantic Assembly; U14 and U19 inter-school netball tournaments were hotly contested, as well as an U12 A and B team friendly hockey fixture against Sir William Perkins’s School, and girls ran in the first round of the English Schools’ Athletic Association cross country competition at Caterham.

PE scholars took part in an Enrichment Day at Surrey Sports Park, attending a Nutrition Workshop before spending the rest of the afternoon taking part in a series of Fitness Tests. These tested a range of components such as agility, speed, cardiovascular endurance, flexibility and reaction time. Analysis was then performed to determine each scholar’s strengths and weaknesses, as well as a programme to improve and develop any areas that need focus.

The Art Department welcomed to Prior’s Field photographer David Watts, who ran a photography studio workshop for 10 Lower and Upper Sixth Form students of the subject. The Department is making final preparations for its trip to Paris next Thursday, when 16 Sixth Formers will further their photographic and artistic studies in the French capital.

Miss Curtin reports on this week’s Second Form assembly, tackling online behaviour and safety: ‘We talked to the girls about their use of social media and discussed what was appropriate to be sharing and how to be safe online. Our discussions included the importance of talking to parents and staff about any concerns. We are encouraged that a number of girls have spoken to us for advice. We have planned a PSHEE lesson on Monday to continue with this theme and would encourage you to talk to your daughter (all ages groups) about their online life. The app Zipit is one that we encourage your daughters to make themselves familiar with and use; our safeguarding newsletter will be sent out at half term with further guidance. Please do contact your daughter’s Head of Year, Mrs Sapseid or Mrs Picken is you would like further information.’