By Aaron Mitchell and Mia Salter
Over 30 Nexus students took part in a trip to our capital city in July. The aim of the tour was to take in the sights of the city, visit some of London’s most significant museums, experience the theatre of the West End and develop an understanding of our democratic system through a tour and workshop at The Houses of Parliament.
Students from Years 7-9 made the journey to London and enjoyed a wide range of activities and enjoyed 3 full days of fun.
The London Eye
The students enjoyed dinner out in The Big Smoke before walking to the London Eye to take in the views of the wonderful London skyline.
The Houses of Parliament
This was the highlight and the primary focus of the trip and described by one student as a ‘once in a lifetime experience’. Students were invited to take a tour of The Houses of Parliament, which included watching a live debate in both the Houses of Lords and the Houses of Commons. It was a valuable opportunity to see democracy in action. The tour also provided an insight into the evolutionary process of democracy, including an explanation of the beautiful ‘New Dawn’ artwork, created as a tribute to the thousands of campaigners who paved the way for universal suffrage.
Students were also treated to a workshop which involved planning political campaigns and debating topical issues. They were then joined by our local M.P. George Eustice and BBC South West Political Editor, Martyn Oates. The students asked intelligent and thought-provoking questions and gained an insight into the political world.
Later that afternoon, students had the opportunity to explore the delights of the Science Museum. Immersing themselves in the Wonderlab, they were able to explore all aspects of science in a fun and creative way. We interviewed Bou Brian about the WonderLab and she remarked that, “The best part was that we got to electrocute each other!
The end of a busy day was rounded off with a spectacular performance of the hit musical Wicked. Packed with powerful songs and dazzling choreography, students found this to be a high point of the trip.
Imperial War Museum
The final day was spent taking in the highly informative and engaging Imperial War Museum. Students absorbed information about twentieth century conflict, witnessing real spitfires and replicas of the trenches. They were all stunned at the size of the planes and loved the learned much from the experience. A student remarked, “It was amazing to see what life would have been like for a person living through a war.”
This thoroughly rewarding and enjoyable trip enabled students to explore some of the highlights the capital has to offer. Students were fine ambassadors for the school and engaged with all aspects of a fully packed three days of fun and education.