the weekly newsletter from Dr Ruth Weeks, Headmistress
English students visit Stratford upon Avon
23 June 2017
On Friday 16 June, Year 8 set out on their highly anticipated trip to Stratford upon Avon. After a 30 minute coach journey, our first stop was Shakespeare’s birth place. Here we walked around his childhood home and listened to the tour guides explain the uses of the different rooms in the household.
Afterwards we walked outside into the courtyard, where re-enactments of some of Shakespeare’s most famous plays were taking place. Our English teachers gave a number of requests such as Romeo and Juliet, and Midsummer Night’s Dream. The performers were very talented with their ability to enact a large variety of Shakespeare’s plays and remember their lines with ease.
In the afternoon we visited Mary Arden’s farmhouse. Mary Arden was left the family home by her father; Mary Arden was William Shakespeare’s mother. Once we were there we had lunch and then we were allowed free roam of the place. Many of us visited the animals scattered around the farm which included sheep, goats, pigs, geese, cows, a falcon and a horse. Animal feed was available to purchase at the gift shop and a few of us took this opportunity to get to know the animals. When the afternoon was nearly over, we headed back on to the coach and returned to school.
On behalf of everybody in Year eight, I would like to thank all the teachers for taking us on this trip, we thoroughly enjoyed it. I hope you continue this trip for future years to come.
Gina Sanchez, Year 8