The annual Lower Sixth Geography trip saw a return to the beautiful Somerset coastline for four days to allow the boys to see and experience some of the features and processes covered in the classroom.
The first day was based in the coastal town of Minehead – overlooking the Bristol Channel. The town is home to one of three remaining Butlins holiday camps; and the presence of this bastion of British holidays has shaped both the physical landscape of the town via some intensive coastal management but also the sense of place within the town itself. The boys were treated to some quintessential British summer weather while undertaking data collection on the sea front, and were treated with some glimmers of sunshine in the afternoon while exploring the town.
The second day saw the group move to their base for the next few days – the Field Study Centre in Nettlecombe. Nestled in the Exmoor National Park amongst beautiful rolling hills, and, to the boys’ horror, a distinct lack of mobile phone coverage, it provided the perfect setting to both focus on specific field collection skills, while also giving time for the boys to decide on their working title for their Non-Examined Assessment. All boys are required to undertake an independent Geographical investigation in an area that interests them. The boys undertook their data collection diligently and observations in the field, to a good standard.
The final day saw them take a slight detour on the return journey to visit the small hamlet of Wheddon Cross, deep in the centre of the National Park. It served as a great example for the boys in their study of a ‘sense of place in a distant location’ – an important aspect of the human side of the A-Level course. All the boys were excellent ambassadors for the school for the duration of the trip; it was a genuine pleasure to see all involved and enjoying the time away together in a different environment – particularly over a game of scratch cricket in the evenings!