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Activities Day 2021, in photos

Another successful Activities Day comes to an end! Each year group from Daycare to Year 13 took part in an off-site activity today. Daycare donned their wet weather gear to go and feed the ducks in Bushy Park. The Early years and Year 1 took a coach to Bocketts Farm where they learned about different farm animals, watched the legendary pig race and got to explore the multiple outdoor playgrounds and climbing frames. Years 2 to 4 set off for Kidzania, a child-sized city with lots of role-play activities, pretend shops, police stations and even a television studio. Year 5 and year 6 scaled dizzying heights at Go Ape in Battersea, where they also took part in team building activities. Students from Year 7 to Year 11 had a variety of excursions to choose from.
Some students had the chance to discover several parts of our city using different forms of transport: from Westminster to Canary Wharf by tube, then DLR to the Thames Barrier Park, over the Thames with the Emirates Cable Car, then on the Thames Clipper until Greenwich Market and back to Westminster. It was an excellent opportunity to discover how the city is evolving, from the coronation of monarchs in Westminster Abbey until the redevelopment of the docklands area, as well as flood control with the Thames Barrier. An excellent day indeed!.
Other groups in the middle and upper years took part in a fascinating trip to see the exclusive collection of specimens that are stored in the basement of the Natural History Museum. HCH guide, Dr Simon Loader, principal curator in charge of vertebrates, shared some incredible facts as he showed the group around.
The specimens of the Boa constrictors lose the colouring in their skins over time so all the lights in the collection are on a timer.
In the last 300 years we’ve named 1.8 million species on Earth which is estimated to be only 15% of the total number of creatures on earth.Because everything is constantly evolving it’s hard to describe the species before they become extinct.
In nature, the males are usually larger than females but Simon showed the group a specimen of a male angler fish that has evolved to miniaturise in order to survive. It is so small it has no real mouth and so latches on to the much lager female to feed from it like a parasite.
After the tour there was time to draw some of the exhibits and to look around the rest of the museum – no visit is complete without seeing the T-Rex!

The courts of justice trip for middle and upper years was a great experience. We had a mock trial (that was based on a real trial), and Judge Maxim sentenced defendant Esther to 20 months in prison for harassment of victim Ethan. In a real courtroom!

Upper years went on a trip to Bletchley park. They explored wartime code breaking huts, and experienced what it was like to work in wartime Bletchley Park. The group took a guided tour and the students learnt the ciphers and codes used during WWII, explored the enigma machine and discovered more about Alan Turing’s life and work, and follow the Bletchley Park timeline and its impact on key WW2 events. The park’s Roll of Honour contains over 13,600 records and more than 8,600 of them – that’s around 63% – belong to women. This includes people who worked at Bletchley Park and all of its outstations. If you just consider the main site women outnumbered men three to one. They experienced an immersive cinematic exhibition explaining Bletchley Park’s secret D-Day role.

We had a nice packed lunch outside and enjoyed hot chocolate from the cafe. I hope our students understand the impact Bletchley park had on WWII specially women’s role at Bletchley Park in intercepting the secret messages. They enjoyed workshop on Codes and Ciphers where they got an opportunity to break codes to intercept messages.