The Year 6 residential takes place each year in York. The boys are split into two groups, with the first group spending Sunday to Wednesday in York before swapping with the second group who spent Wednesday to Saturday away. The trip is one of the highlights in the Year 6 calendar and a trip that seems to be always remembered by Old Boys due to the variety of fun excursions that take place.
The Middleton Hotel were once again fantastic, the boys were catered for incredibly well and the hot chocolate in the evenings was a great way to warm up after our long evening walks. The York Minster was as breath-taking as ever and the boys were in awe of its sheer size and history, as relayed to us by our guides. “Wackers” fish and chips is always a favourite with the boys and staff…Group 2 takes home the Fish and Chips trophy as they had the least amount of boys ordering chicken nuggets. Well done Group 2!
We visited the York Museum and once again it was a highlight for many of the boys, despite the yearly fire alarm that seems to time our visit just right. The Victorian Street scene had the boys dashing about trying to find the clues to the quiz. The second half of the museum takes you through the history of World War 1, the “swinging sixties” and then the darker history of York Prison. The boys were fascinated and a great morning was had by all.
A new addition to the trip this year was our visit to ‘The Chocolate Story’. From tasting pure chocolate and learning about the history of chocolate water, to making their own chocolate lollipop, fun was had by all. Our Ghost walk with Mr Ray Alexander had the boys hanging on every word once again; there is something quite special about walking the streets of York at dusk hearing his stories. Mr Gordon, Miss Mekaouar and Mr Stoker regaled us with the story of Dick Turpin; he is not the hero we all think he is!
There were many comments made about the wonderful manners and behaviour of our boys, both at the hotel and the places we visited. They represented themselves and the school with great pride. My huge thanks goes to both the boys and the staff for making the trip such a huge success.