Our Great British Countryside 11/10/21

During Enrichment Week, students in Years 9 and 11 went out for a day in the countryside. Starting at Hodgemoor Woods in Chalfont St Giles, students set off for a walk, through 9 feet high maize crops, and over the fields on these stunning rolling Chiltern Hills, passing through flocks of sheep and herds of cattle. Students were shocked and saddened as they learnt about the construction of High Speed 2 (HS2) and were amazed they were standing right where the tunnel will pass. At Stockings Farm, they met the latest piglets, sows and boars and learnt just how sociable these inquisitive animals are before heading back into the woods for a picnic.

After lunch, students were challenged to build a shelter out of fallen branches, twigs and bracken. Students took the challenge head on and created many interesting designs, all shelter worthy! There was time for a stop in the picturesque village of Chalfont St Giles, which is where the famous poet John Milton fled to in 1665 to escape the plague in London, and where he settled to write Paradise Lost. Students found the trip to not only be insightful but felt refreshed and look forward to more countryside trips in the future.

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