The Geography Department recently offered year 8 students the opportunity to visit the world famous Eden Project in Cornwall. The aim of the trip was to allow students the opportunity to experience the rainforest as well as explore the concept of sustainability around the globe. This allowed students to gain insight for some of the early topics of the ever popular Geography GCSE.
45 excited students attended the trip and behaved impeccably throughout the day. Through their enthusiasm, willingness to ask questions and explore, students had a day to remember. They saw sculptures, food production, amazing architectural design, tropical birds, visited Africa, Australia, Asia, South America, California and the Mediterranean regions all in a single day out. However, for many the highlight will have been a daring walk up to the Lookout 150ft above the forest floor. The walkway and platform are suspended by wires from the top of the amazing dome structure. Both the path and platform are see through allowing visitors to experience the rainforest layers as they ascend. It was pleasing to see students supporting each other both physically and emotionally as they strived to reach the top.
Throughout the day prizes were awarded for various tasks or personal qualities. In the morning students were asked to produce two drawings of things that amazed or inspired them. Many students produced wonderful drawings but Kyle Graham was our winner with his drawing of the very intricate Giant Nutcracker which aims to teach visitors about energy and processing. In the afternoon students worked in teams to complete tasks and questions throughout the two biomes. The winners of the best team competition were Ethan Skillman, Dylan Myatt and Owen Davies. They worked tirelessly to complete the work in the hot and humid rainforest. Joseph Harrison was awarded the final prize for consistently displaying the personal qualities we expect from students at All Saints; courtesy and respect as well as a willingness to live life to the full.
Thank you to all students who attended as well as the staff who gave up their Friday evening to make the trip possible. We will certainly run this very successful trip again next year for our current year 7 students.