Last week, Year 6 spent three days in Stratford-upon-Avon with Mrs Cross, Mrs Whiting, Mrs Smith, Miss Bridge and Mrs Williams.
On Wednesday, they travelled by coach to Stratford-upon-Avon. When we arrived, the girls listened to an informative talk about Shakespeare’s life. They were then lucky enough to watch some actors from the Royal Shakespeare Company performing speeches from The Tempest before getting involved themselves, with some of the girls playing roles from A Midsummer Night’s Dream, which was great fun! This was followed by an informative tour of Shakespeare’s birthplace, a spot of shopping, a trip to the exhibition and tower at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre and another spot of shopping!
In the afternoon, we then checked in to the Stratford Manor Hotel where the girls had lots of fun exploring their hotel rooms and unpacking, before enjoying a delicious dinner. On Wednesday evening, the girls began writing in their diaries, before playing some fun drama games led by Mrs Williams.
On Thursday, after a good night’s sleep and a delicious breakfast, the girls travelled to Playbox Theatre in Warwick where they enjoyed two fantastic workshops based on ‘A Christmas Carol’. One workshop focused on the girls’ drama skills, whilst in the second workshop they learned lots about technical theatre, including sound and lighting. I was particularly impressed by how engaged and attentive the girls were during the day.
On Thursday evening when we returned to the hotel, everyone enjoyed another lovely meal before heading off to watch a fantastic performance of ’A Christmas Carol’, performed by the Royal Shakespeare Company at The Royal Shakespeare Theatre. The girls were spellbound by the performance, which included some spectacular special effects and their exemplary behaviour meant that they were a real credit to the school
After another very filling breakfast on Friday, the girls packed their suitcases and we checked out of the hotel before visiting New Place and Hall’s Croft. At New Place, the girls learnt more about Shakespeare’s life and took part in a range of interactive activities. They enjoyed looking at the magnificent sculptures in the gardens and took many photographs. At Hall’s Croft, the girls were given a guided tour of the property previously owned by Shakespeare’s daughter, Susanna and learned more about life in Tudor and Elizabethan England. Before they set off for home, the girls had yet more lovely food in the delightful Hall’s Croft café.
During our time away, all of the girls were very well behaved and their politeness and good manners were complimented by numerous people, including the hotel staff and members of the public, both in the hotel and on our excursions. The trip was thoroughly enjoyable and the girls were a real credit to the school and to their parents. We were very proud of them and they should be very proud of themselves for making such a good impression and for behaving in such a mature fashion. Well done, Year 6. I hope you had as much fun on the trip as we did!