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Pelicans' Trip to Hampshire

Over the last weekend of half term, Mrs Cashmore and Mr Smith took a group of 16 Pelican Society members (academic award holders) on a trip to Portsmouth and Winchester.

On Sunday morning the group visited the Royal Naval Dockyard Museum, with some time spent exploring HMS Victory, learning a little about Nelson and the Napoleonic Wars, before enjoying the fun in Action Stations, the £16m visitor attraction in the Historic Dockyard.

After lunch the group first visited the Dickens Birthplace Museum, where they learnt more about Victorian civilian life, and then headed to the D-Day Museum at Southsea, where a highlight was meeting 97-year-old D-Day veteran, John Jenkins.

The accommodation for the evening was Marwell Outdoor Activity Centre, where, after a meal of Mrs Cashmore’s finest pasta bolognaise, pupils enjoyed a slightly damp campfire and a variety of games, before heading back into the dry for a fiercely-contested quiz set by Mr Smith.

On the Monday morning the group visited Winchester Cathedral. They were given a guided tour of the Gothic 11th century building, one of the largest in Europe, with the longest nave and greatest overall length. The sheer scale and beauty of the cathedral was breathtaking. Winchester Cathedral is the burial site of several historical figures, including Jane Austen, Cnut the Great, William Walker and Bishop Fox. After the tour around the cathedral, pupils enjoyed a scenic walk past the College, and alongside the River Itchen in the footsteps of poet John Keats – from which he took his inspiration for the Ode to Autumn– before returning for some free time in the city.

The trip was highly interesting, filled with visits to intriguing and significant locations, satisfying curious minds about new topics and granting a greater awareness of the history and figures connected with the area.

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