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Year 9 London Residential

Monday 2nd July

On Monday 2nd July, 31 year 9 pupils travelled to London for their residential trip.  After a long and rather warm journey we arrived at The Rest-Up Hostel in the Elephant and Castle and offloaded our luggage to our rooms.  After dinner we went to a local park and played some games and then retreated to the hostel for a good night’s sleep after a long and tiring day with plenty of exciting things to look forward to.


Tuesday 3rd July

We were up early on Tuesday for a continental breakfast and then a walk through the city to the Embankment on the River Thames. We entered the London Dungeons at 10.30am and after some terrifying experiences, fortunately we all emerged again. Despite the terror the children really enjoyed it and most of them said it was their favourite part of the trip.  We then went up onto the London Eye for a fantastic view across the city.  After a stroll along the Embankment to watch the entertainment and a quick soak in the water fountains we then went on our River Thames Boat Cruise which was a lovely insight into the famous buildings along the Thames.  We then walked back to the Hostel for dinner and then we all watched England V Colombia in the World Cup which was very tense indeed – especially the penalties!


Wednesday 4th July

We ventured onto the London Underground for the first time on this day and took a ride to the Olympic Park.  With it being such a hot day we all had a good soak in the water fountains and played some water games which was good fun. After drying off, we then spent some time shopping in the Westfield Shopping Centre with many of the children buying presents for home and treats for themselves. Another tube journey took us to the Emirates Cable Cars which took us high across the River Thames and back. We then took another tube journey into Leicester Square to have our dinner and then had a wander around the Lego Store and the M & M Store and then watched some street entertainment before the late tube journey home.

Thursday 5th July

After breakfast we travelled to Regents Park and after a lovely stroll through the gardens we arrived at London Zoo. We saw Lions, Gorillas, Spiders, Penguins and amongst others, my personal favourites, the tufty camels.  We then took the tube to Covent Garden to soak up the atmosphere and watch more street entertainment. Mr Davey and Daniel Lock were chosen by one entertainer to perform a variety of actions much to the amusement of the rest of the group.  We then walked to Trafalgar Square to see the famous lion statues and the fountains and then took our final tube journey back to the Hostel for dinner and then packed our cases.


Friday 6th July

Up early for our final breakfast and onto the buses for our journey home and back to school for transport home.

I have to say in eight years of running the London trip this was the greatest of all. The children’s behaviour was fantastic and we packed in lots of great visits and activities. It was a wonderful trip!

A big thank you to Mrs Cooper, Miss Alcock, Miss Coakley, Mr Cooper and Mr Stevens for their hard work on the trip.

Mr Davey