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posted 28 Mar 2014, 04:08 by H Slim   [ updated 28 Mar 2014, 04:08 ]

Year 10 Geography/Leisure & Tourism field trip to Snowdonia 

Last week we had the pleasure of taking 40 year 10 pupils all the way to North Wales to explore Snowdonia National Park and its surroundings. The aim of the trip was to explore case studies that may well appear in their final exams in year 11, and to see for themselves the processes and places they have been studying in class already this year. 

On Wednesday we arrived in the afternoon to take a steam train journey around Llyn Padarn, a glacial lake with stunning natural scenery surrounding us, as well as having a quick look around the National Slate Museum and learning about the local heritage and importance to the local area. 

On Thursday we embarked on a 2 mile hike from Sygun to Nantmoor, which offered spectacular scenery and a challenge for pupils when the wind and rain decided to make themselves known! Despite many of us getting very wet, the pupils loved the challenge and refused to be beaten by the elements. It was lovely to hear how pupils said they were so proud to complete the walk by themselves and that they wanted to do something like this more often. It was also brilliant to see pupils helping each other along the path; if one started feeling tired, another came along and encouraged them along to the end! We dried off a little before arriving at Ogwyn where a local National Park expert talked to the pupils about the pressures the rising number of tourists are putting on such a beautiful and fragile part of the country, and how they manage this. When we got back to the hostel we were greeted by the best hot chocolate we could imagine. 

On the Friday pupils went to the nearby Victorian seaside town of Llandudno to study the effects and provision available for tourists. It was a fresh but beautiful day, and pupils could pick out many contrasts between this town and Clacton. It was also an opportunity for many pupils to partake in their favourite pastime; shopping! We also got to have a quick look at the sea defences along Colwyn Bay on our route back home. 

This is the fourth year I have run a residential GCSE fieldtrip, and was by far the biggest and best group we’ve had! The Year 10 pupils made us so proud with their work

ethic, efforts, behaviour, maturity and sense of humour was fantastic! The hostel said they would gladly have pupils back from CCA again next year, and the members of the public staying in the same hostel commented on their stunning behaviour. As well as saying a huge thank you to the Year 10s, I would also like to thank parents and carers for their continued cooperation, and of course Mr Moore, Mr Davidson, Mr Hanson and Mrs Barton for their hard work and time given in making the trip as successful as it was for all involved! 

Mr L Percival – Deputy Curriculum Leader of Humanities