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Cumbria 2021 – romans, caves, mountains and magic

Today was the turn for forms B, D and E to visit the Roman Army Museum, Hadrian’s Wall and Vindolanda. The morning began with a truly fascinating talk on ‘The Roman Empire’, learning of its rise to power – we even had time to brush up on our Latin!

At lunch, the forms walked along Hadrian’s Wall, with Mr Gibson delivering a lively and insightful account of its history. Mr Morgan’s group raced to the top with Harry S winning in just 9.2 seconds. There was time to enjoy a picnic on the wall, taking in the panoramic views on offer.

Our afternoon ended in Vindolanda. We learnt of the cramped conditions in the barracks and the ferocity of the guerilla war against the Celts.  Students were enthralled and captivated by this archeological site, with our tour guide commenting on how polite our students were.

Forms A and C set off in small groups for a day walking in the mountains. We covered some steep inclines – reaching peaks of 600m – scrambled up rocks, crossed streams on stepping stones, went through caves and learnt how to drink safely from mountain springs. One group managed to include a boat trip and a hilarious visit to the optical illusion museum in Keswick.

We were immensely proud of our intrepid, resilient and good humoured pupils.

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