Today’s blog is written by Lizzie, Olivia, Bethan, Charlotte and Effion. Diolch yn fawr!
A TRIP TO LONDON
On Friday 8th of June, we were lucky enough to visit London. Upon arrival, we took a short walk along the side of the River Thames to the London Dungeon. The London Dungeon is a tourist attraction that features many different sets and actors. We were taken on a trip back into London’s history where we met some of London’s most infamous people, such as Guy Fawkes and Jack the Ripper.
We travelled through the shady corridors, endured a petrifying boat ride through the darkness and were shown some of the gruesome and horrible ways people were treated in the Medieval period. As teachers were placed in cages like prisoners and were being tortured, we all looked on in horror and amazement. Some were even accused of unspeakable crimes. After being submerged into the pitch black and frightened by the characters, we moved closer to our hangings. We scrambled our way through a mirror maze before we met our deaths; a drop of thirty three feet. The thrilling ride served as a deserving punishment.
The actors, costumes and makeup with all the added effects of the set caused for a very surreal and scary experience, but one we would happily do all over again.
After the dungeon, we were lucky enough to go to visit the Houses of Parliament. We went with the aim of learning more about politics and our history. We had an amazing tour from a previous clerk at the Houses called Helen, who now runs the tours of the building. She has worked there for 55 years after moving from Scotland and had a vast selection of anecdotes to share with us, from Churchill to Thatcher.
We went through lots of beautifully decorated rooms that were each outstanding in their own way. We were shown the House of Lords, House of Commons, Westminster Hall, The Royal Gallery and many more fabulous rooms. Helen allowed us to touch the dents in the table made by Churchill, showed us where the Suffragettes were chained and even took us through the tour as if we were the Queen, preparing for the nation-wide watched speech. Another unforgettable moment from the tour was the tribute paid to Jo Cox, a Labour MP who was murdered in 2016. A wooden shield sits where she sat in the House of Commons to commemorate her life and work.
Overall, we had a great day and feel extremely lucky to have experienced both the terror of the Dungeons and the wonder of Parliament. A day we definitely will not forget.
REMINDER: FRIDAY 29th JUNE IS A STAFF TRAINING DAY
THEME FOR NEXT WEEK: SUCCESSFUL FUTURES
ASSEMBLIES: Assistant Headteacher, Mrs Madden
LITERACY FOCUS: Speech marks
NUMERACY FOCUS: Two way tables
NUMBER OF THE WEEK: “45 / forty-five / pedwar deg pwmp / quarante-cinq / XLV ” Singles (i.e. records with just one song track on) were- and indeed still are- played on record players at 45 rpm (revs per minute) and were known as 45s.
CYMRAEG YR WYTHNOS: “Dw i’n mynd i…” : “I am going to…”
ENGLISH WORD OF THE WEEK: “Parliament” : the highest legislature, consisting of the Sovereign, the House of Lords, and the House of Commons.
THIS WEEK’S QUOTATION: “Summer is the time when it is too hot to do the job that it was too cold to do last winter.” – Mark Twain
TRIVIA OF THE WEEK: The best selling single (45) of all time is White Christmas by Bing Crosby.
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