Trips week- July 2019
Bradford Science and Media Museum
Leicester Space Centre
Manchester Museum of Science and Industry
London- English Trip to see 'Witness for the Prosecution' at London County Hall
London Visit Including Theatre Trip To See 'School of Rock'
POP Maths Quiz- March 2019
5 of our students took part in the POP Maths quiz on Saturday the 23rd of March at Sheffield Hallam University. They performed very well and ended up in the top half. Well done!!
Brussels Trip- February 2019
After an extremely early departure from Manchester, we arrived in Brussels late on Monday morning and headed out to explore the district of Koekelberg, which included a picnic in the Parc Elisabeth (first photo) and a visit to the National Basilica of the Sacred Heart. We attempted to have an early night in advance of three days’ solid sightseeing, but were thwarted at dinner by the slowest and most inept service any of us had ever experienced.
On Tuesday morning we set off for the Belgian Chocolate village, where staff and students learnt about the chocolate-making process, watched a live demonstration, and consumed plenty of samples (second photo). After stocking up on supplies of chocolate (which most students claimed were bought as presents for friends and family back home), we walked into the heart of Brussels. We visited the Church of Sainte-Catherine and had some lunch before visiting the Grand Place, the stunningly beautiful main square in Brussels (third photo). After a visit to the Brussels Comic Book Museum we sought out what is perhaps the most famous sight in Brussels: Manneken Pis (fourth photo). The students were a little disappointed, however, to discover that this statue of a boy having a wee is, in fact, quite small. This minor let-down was soon forgotten though, as we had delicious pizzas for dinner, in a restaurant whose service more than made up for that of the previous night.
We began Wednesday with a stroll to Brussels Central Station, where we caught a train to Antwerp. Upon arriving in Belgium’s second city we went to the Plantin-Moretus museum, a printing museum that is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We then spent the afternoon visiting the main sights of Antwerp (fifth photo) and checking out the city’s famous Diamond Quarter, before catching our train back to Brussels.
On Thursday we visited Brussels Cathedral (sixth photo) and had a leisurely stroll to the Belgian Parliament and Royal Palace, stopping briefly for ice cream and waffles on the way. We then visited two of the finest art galleries in the world: the Old Masters Museum and the Fin de Siècle Museum. Students were then free to explore Brussels for their leisure; some visited the European Parliament, while others went shopping, or in search of fries and waffles.
Friday morning saw another very early start as we headed to the airport to catch our flight back to Manchester. Fortunately, as with the outbound journey, this passed without incident and we arrived back at the Academy exhausted, but culturally-enriched, having spent a wonderful few days learning about Belgian culture, heritage, and (especially) food.
Geography Fieldwork Trip- October Half Term 2018
During the October break in the autumn term, the Y12 students spent a day honing their fieldwork skills in Ecclesfield Park. As part of the water and carbon cycle unit we spent the morning calculating the amount of carbon stored in the long avenue of trees before looking at varying infiltration rates across the park. In the afternoon we investigated the relationship between distance downstream and stream discharge. In May, we will be doing two more days of local fieldwork in preparation for the students’ Non Examined Assessment which they will then undertake as an independent study in Y13.
In the meantime, Y13 have been busy completing their Non Examined Assessments. Only one student opted for a Human geography fieldwork this year and this involved a study of how migration has impacted on Burngreave. Physical geographers have been out at various locations in Sheffield measuring variables such as discharge, precipitation, carbon, infiltration, temperature and wind. This data was used to answer questions as diverse as: How much carbon has deforestation removed in Low Spring Wood? To what extent can an urban heat island be witnessed within Sheffield? How do different factors impact infiltration rates? What is the role of a cherry tree and a leylandii tree on the water cycle? How does an area of woodland affect the water cycle? The assessments have made very interesting reading and have shown that the Y13 geographers have used the skills that they learnt on the Y12 field trip days to their best advantage. I hope that the present Y12 are as competent when they begin their projects in the summer term.
Paris Trip- February 2018
After an eventful departure from Manchester, we arrived in Paris on Monday evening and headed out for some traditional French pizza, with lardons, crème fraiche and pommes de terre, before having an early(ish) night in advance of three days’ solid sightseeing.
On Tuesday morning we set off for the Père Lachaise cemetery, where the final resting places of Oscar Wilde, Chopin and Édith Piaf can be found. The grave of Jim Morrison is of particular interest to the students of Combined English, so two teams set off in a race to find the singer’s tomb, a race won by David’s team, naturally. After this, we headed for the Montmartre district, where we visited the Sacré-Cœur Basilica and ate lunch on the church’s steps while enjoying some spectacular views of the city, before the group set out to explore this historic district, and the pigeon selfie competition began in earnest. In the afternoon we headed to Le Marais quarter, another historical neighbourhood filled with history to discover. The group walked through typical Parisian streets, admiring the capital’s outstanding buildings and architecture. We stopped at the Centre George Pompidou, the largest modern art museum in Europe, recognisable by its distinctive postmodern and high-tech architecture. Alas, it was closed, but the students found solace in the colossal 6-metre high sculpture of a golden thumb placed in front of the centre to celebrate the work of noted 20th-century French sculptor César Baldaccini, a sculpture that they all seemed to enjoy! We then moved on to Notre-Dame, one of the finest examples of French Gothic Architecture, before heading back to the Bastille quarter for a dinner of crepes to end our first full day in The City of Lights.
Wednesday began with an early start, as we caught the train to the Palace of Versailles. Although some were unimpressed (“It’s no better than Wentworth Garden Centre”), most students appreciated the architectural splendour and magnificent art proffered by this 17th-century wonder. After exploring the palace and its gardens we headed back into the centre of Paris, and the group ate the delicious sandwiches they had worked hard to prepare the night before. We then visited the National Museum of Modern Art in Paris and later on caught a movie, during which we enjoyed Josh’s generosity with his white chocolate Oreos, before retiring to the hostel for the evening.
Thursday saw another early start, although this one was enlivened by the considerable chill offered by the French capital. We set off for the Louvre, and the students enjoyed seeing the art on offer so much that they unanimously requested more time in the gallery than we had previously anticipated. After a picnic in the Jardins des Tuileries we headed along the Champs-Élysées towards the Arc de Triomphe. Some of us strolled up this elegant Parisian boulevard; others caught a lift in the back of a golf buggy; the daredevils of the group drove a Ferrari. We then walked along the banks of the river Seine to the Eiffel Tower, and climbed the 669 steps to the second floor, from where we were able to watch the sun set over the city. After the long walk back down, we headed to the Latin Quarter, and enjoyed a delicious, traditional three-course meal, with many of the students opting for snails as their starter. After an unsuccessful sojourn to a karaoke bar, we headed back to the hostel in advance of our flight home early the next morning.
The flight back to Manchester was uneventful, but most members of the group spent the journey in eager anticipation of the results of the French speaking competition. On the minibus back to Sheffield Ali announced his controversial and disputed ruling, which left some happy, most angry, and all confused.
Our students had an amazing trip to Paris; they learnt a lot about French culture and heritage, as well as the language.