47 Year 8 students set off to Edinburgh on Friday 16th September. On arrival, we visited Edinburgh Castle. A small group of students managed to successfully navigate the queue for the crown room and view the Crown of Scotland, which was on the Queen’s coffin earlier that week whilst lying-in-state at St Gile’s Cathedral. They also got to explore the castle grounds and take in some breath-taking views of Edinburgh.
After a leisurely breakfast on the second day, we set off for Edinburgh Zoo. Some of us headed off straightaway to see if we could view the giant panda, Tian Tian, and were not disappointed, although she was asleep! There were many other interesting sights to be seen including the koalas, penguins, birds of prey, amongst many other animals. There were some interesting purchases from the gift shop and it was lovely to see so many students buying gifts for family and friends.
After the zoo, there was a trip to the St James’ Quarter shopping centre for even more retail therapy!
Finally, on the last day, we quickly packed up and headed off to the Museum of Edinburgh. This was filled with all sorts of interesting displays and interactive activities from science to culture. The display of animals was most impressive and students could get close up to animals, such as lions and polar bears, which they normally wouldn’t be able to do.
As lunchtime approached, we boarded the coach back home for a very quiet journey with tired, but happy and fulfilled students!