English and Media Studies trip to London

On the morning of Sunday 6th November twenty four Grosvenor pupils from years ten to fourteen, along with three accompanying teachers, met at Belfast International Airport where they embarked upon an action-packed three day trip to London in conjunction with the School’s English and Media Studies departments.

Day one saw the group check in at their hotel in Willesden Lane before travelling by tube to the Charles Dickens Museum in the afternoon, where they were afforded the opportunity to learn about the famous writer’s life and career through videos, journals and artifacts relating to him. Following this it was on to the British Film Museum in Covent Garden where the pupils benefitted from a special James Bond exhibition in which a number of Bond cars from the past four decades were on display for all to see and enjoy. After dinner was consumed and enjoyed at Planet Hollywood in Haymarket, the evening was spent on a Ghost Bus Tour of London where students viewed such famous landmarks as Downing Street and the Houses of Parliament in a spooky and, at times, disturbing environment.

Day two saw the pupils visit the British Museum in Great Russell Street in the morning before attending a workshop at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, located on the Bankside, in the afternoon. This venture proved particularly worthwhile as the group was given a tour of the theatre itself before the Globe’s tour guide, Simon, took the pupils into a nearby studio where he directed the pupils through a reading of a famous scene from ‘Macbeth’. Following dinner at Pizza Express the group then made their way to the Apollo Victoria Theatre where they experienced what, for many, was the highlight of the trip – a performance of the world-renowned musical ‘Wicked’, featuring Northern Ireland’s own Rachel Tucker in the lead role of Elphaba. 

On the final day of the trip the group checked out of its hotel and made its way to Sky Television Studios in Middlesex where it participated in a superb ‘Sky Skills Workshop’ in which the students broke in to groups, each of which worked under the direction of a Sky employee to put together their own news report. Following the workshop as well as a tour of the studios themselves, the group spent the afternoon shopping in Watford before heading to Luton airport for its return flight to Belfast.

The trip provided a superb opportunity for all of the pupils in attendance to broaden their horizons with plenty of new and exciting experiences packed into the busy schedule throughout the three day trip.  Many thanks to GGS English and Media Studies teacher Miss Knox for organizing and leading the trip, as well as fellow teachers Mr Arnold and Mr Lendrum who also attended.

Hopefully this year’s trip will be the first of many for the English and Media Studies students of GGS.

The School's visiting contingent pictured outside 'The Globe Theatre' on the Bankside. 

The students receive a tour of the interior of The Globe from tour guide Simon.

Pupils Emma Chalmers (Year Eleven) and Pippa Carson (Year Thirteen) during their workshop at Sky Tekevision Studios on Tuesday 8th November.