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Year 10 and 12 at Kingswood

Defying a horrendous weather forecast, bright sunshine greeted the Year 10 and Year 12 geographers as we set off a long weekend at Kingswood in North Norfolk last Friday morning.

We were welcomed at the Lutyens-designed house by Kingswood staff including our tutor for the weekend. After acclimatising ourselves to the accommodation and enjoying Chip Friday,  we headed off to Cromer and Holt to investigate why the former has declining population numbers whilst the latter is  growing. We carried out various data collection techniques to discover environmental and social inequality as well as looking at new projects which aim to improve an area. This information allowed us to be able to compare settlements experiencing different issues.

Our destinations on the second day were Salthouse, Weybourne, Sheringham and West Runton beaches. Although cold, the sky remained blue and there was no rain! The girls worked hard collecting data to investigate the sediment changes along the beach, the impact of sea defences on erosion and mass movement at the various locations.
Our final day on Sunday was spent looking at Norwich’s regeneration and rebranding. Visiting Riverside, King Street and the city centre,  we were able to see at first hand the impact of various projects as well as collecting data in these areas.

The girls worked very hard throughout the weekend and during both day and evening.  They are to be congratulated on their excellent  work ethic and good humour, even late in the evening. The GCSE group will be using the information gathered to produce notes for their skills exam, whilst the A Level group will write a 3-4000 report for a component of their examination.

Mrs Grove

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Year 12 at Kingswood

Last Friday our Year 12 geography group headed off to Kingswood at Overstrand for a three-day field trip. Ably assisted by Mrs Grove and Kingswood’s resident tutors, the girls undertook a wide variety of practical geography tasks relating to both coastal and river environments. These included exploring coastal defences and erosion, collecting data and doing lab work at the Kingswood Centre itself, where they were able to use the Aegis program to overlap their data onto maps – a great resource.

Highlights included the lovely meals provided by Kingswood, and Mrs Grove being presented with a snorkel by those who recalled her falling into the river last year, a feat she did not repeat  (although Karen bravely got wet up to her armpits in order to collect stones for investigation!). We also had lunch in the lovely cafe at Bayfield Hall.

A great big thank you to all the staff at Kingswood Centre for their friendly welcome, great hospitality and excellent tutoring (thanks Matt and Ting).

Mrs Grove

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Years 5 and 6 head to Kingswood

Our Year 5 and 6 pupils recently went away on a residential trip to the Kingswood Activity Centre in Overstrand, North Norfolk.

Judging by these pictures Mrs Doughty sent us, they obviously had an exciting time, learning some new bushcraft skills and, no doubt, boosting their confidence, independence and teamwork as well as having fun!

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Parent meeting: Year 5/6 residential trip to Overstrand

There will be a meeting on Thursday 16th April from 5.30-6.00pm in the Barn, for parents of our Years 5 and 6 pupils who are going on the exciting residential trip to the Kingswood Centre at Overstrand Hall in May.

The meeting provides the opportunity to discuss the activities on offer as well as the detailed practical arrrangements. Your children may stay on for after school activities and be collected at the end of the meeting.

Mr Peace

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