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Chatham Dockyard Visit - 25th April 2016: Report

On the 25th April 2016, 29 Hayesbrook pupils visited the Chatham Dockyards to take part in some Science STEM-based activities.

Pupils were selected for the trip based on criteria such as improved attendance, outstanding progress or improved attitude to learning over the course of the academic year. The visit was free for pupils as the school wanted to provide a full reward.

Pupils were able to look at a submarine on their way to three work shops based around ship building, torpedo firing and rope making. The pupils were able to race the ships, fire the torpedoes and take some of the rope that they made back to school. Alongside the fun element were some serious messages about the importance of design around aerodynamics and other links to the Science and Technology curriculum.

Mr Upton commented: “The trip was a fantastic experience for all the students. They were able to visit Historic Warships and the Victorian Ropery. Also throughout the day the students had the opportunity to build their own boats and fire rockets that they had designed.”

Mrs Chambers added: "It was great to see all the pupils so enthusiastic, asking questions and throwing themselves into all the tasks. Linda, our guide, was very knowlegable and built a good apport with the children."

The school wishes to thank all of the pupils who took part in the trip for their enthusiasm and engagement throughout the visit.

Mr Reader, Assistant Principal said: "This trip represents one of many trips on offer this summer from the school to the pupils. We look forward to taking Year 7 to Battle Abbey, Bodiam Castle and the Olympic park in June. Year 8 pupils will have a chance to visit Reculver for some Geography field work, the PE department are planning visits to cricket and tennis events before the end of July and on the 21st July we also have our whole school trips day which includes visits to Dunkirk in France and Cadburys World."