From cancelled trains to snow, the excitement of the Year 6 Residential to York last week was intense. 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, under new management and refurbishments, was once again fantastic and the boys were catered for incredibly well. 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 some of our favourite guides. “Whackers” 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 fewest 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, as they scurried around the Victorian Street 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, where we may or may not have put the boys in the prison cells!
For the second year running, the trip to the Chocolate Story was a hit. From learning how to properly taste pure chocolate to learning about the history of Aztec chocolate drinking water, to finally making their own chocolate lollypop, fun was had by all. Our Ghost walk with Mr Ray Alexander had the boys hanging on every word; there is something quite special about walking the streets of York at dusk hearing his stories. Topham Tours and Miss Mekaouar regaled us with the story of Dick Turpin, and we learnt 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 throughout the week. 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.