“What we got up to” written by Jack Ellershaw (Year 9)
Twenty-nine students travelled to Munich at the end of term to experience past, present and future technology at its best. With sketchbooks and fully packed days we hit the road ready to see everything the great Munich city had to offer.
The first day was mostly filled with travelling but we still found ways to enjoy it by teaching the teachers all about Instagram and how it works and Miss Baccelliere claiming that she was ‘only’ sixteen. Landing in Munich around 4pm we travelled to the hotel in the city centre where once unpacked we went for one of our many walks to the restaurant for our evening meal.
After a sleep deprived night, Friday felt the day that lasted forever! Down for breakfast at half past 7 we were split into 2 groups. Our group of 20 got onto the coach toward the BMW Factory whilst the other 9 walked to the Museum of Transport. The BMW Factory showed us how they build their cars from just panels at the start, to driving them off the production line at the end. With a rather dull tour guide it did become repetitive but was overall a great experience.
We all grouped back together to visit the truly amazing Allianz Arena. Waiting for the tour guide gave us chance to rest and reclaim some energy with lunch. A full tour of the stadium included the middle stand, main stand, press conference area, dressing rooms, player’s tunnel, media area and the stadium exterior. The capacity of the Allianz Arena is 75,000. The outer shell of the Arena is made up of 2,750 panels of which 1,506 light up three different colours (red, white, and blue). These colours mean different things; red for FC Bayern Munich, white for the German national team and blue for TSV 1860 Munchen.
Afterward we split back into our groups and travelled to the Museum of Transport where the other group had been earlier that day. Not much looking around was done as we found a slide that needed repeated testing. 45 minutes of playing later we were kicked off. Apart from Mrs Henshaw, the rest of the group would definitely agree that an hour walk to the Hard Rock Café after that busy day wasn’t the best idea with fake injuries happening strangely outside every tram station! The meal was, in my opinion, the best out of all our evening meals. We then walked back to the hotel for a well-earned rest!
Day 3 began much better with almost all of us downstairs for breakfast on time. By half past 8 we were all at the tram station ready to depart to one of the world’s largest Science and Technology Museums. With 28,000 exhibited objects over 6 floors, the whole morning was soon gone with trying to see everything in such a small space of time. Afterward, we visited Munich’s market where expensive stalls filled the hour for looking around. In the afternoon we were given some free time to go off on our own and explore what Munich’s shops had to offer; cheap Nike trainers seemed to be a great buy.
Before tea we got onto Munich’s underground train and travelled to a bowling alley. The first games were taken really seriously but it became clear that using two balls at the same time down the alley was even better! On the staff lane, it was reported that Mr Mills wasn’t happy about being beaten by a girl, Mrs Henshaw was very good and Miss Baccelliere didn’t care and just wanted to go to bed! The evening meal was steak, turkey and chips. It was a really good day!
Sunday was the last day but there was no sign of rest yet. After breakfast, suitcases were packed and rooms were checked. We got onto the coach at 10am and travelled to the Olympic Park built for the 1972 Olympics. We saw the whole history of the stadium from 1972 to 2015 and played on Munich’s longest table football table. After a quick game of football in the stadium, we headed up the Olympic tower which is the tallest structure in Munich. From the tower you see a 360 degree view of Munich. After all of this, we relaxed and played a quick game of Mini Golf. It was very clear who knew how to play and who didn’t. Mr Mills was very happy to beat Mrs Henshaw at Golf.
To finish our tour of Munich a quick stop at the BMW Museum to see everything BMW have made since starting on March 7, 1916. The Mini exhibition was also a great temporary piece of the museum. A quick magic trick amazed us before getting back onto our last coach trip and departing to the airport.
Fantastic first trip abroad with School. Fully recommend to all students interested in Design and Technology.
30th September saw 38 Sixth-form Geographers visit Cwm Idwal and the Nant Ffrancon valley in Snowdonia to study upland glaciation. Students learnt to describe key glacial landforms observed, explain how they were created and outline periglacial and fluvioglacial processes have change the post-glacial landscape.
The day began with a two hour coach journey to the hamlet of Ogwen Cottage, where they had a brief stop at the new visitor centre before the long walk ahead. The trek started at the base of the Cwm Idwal corrie, at this point they were divided into three groups each with the expert of a teacher. Groups discussed the landforms surrounding them and how they were shaped by the glacier, many in owe of how powerful this was. After the geographical talks they re-grouped and headed off on the hike around the tarn (a meltwater lake left behind in the armchair shaped hole eroded by the glacier) where they had a moment of fame on the Google street view camera! The walk started comfortably but the challenge started when students climbed up the back wall (a steep rock face weakened by freeze thaw weathering. After a much deserved lunch midway up the corrie back wall the students crossed a small waterfall and then headed back to the visitors centre where tea and cakes were needed.
Finally they set off down the Nant Ffrancon glacial trough (a u-shaped valley with a flat base and steep sides, formed by the glacier moving down what was once a v shaped river valley, and erosion such as plucking, abrasion and freeze thaw weathering). They regrouped once again to discuss the glacial features shown here such as a misfit river, truncated spur, hanging valley and roche mountonnee. From the top of the valley there was a clear view of the misfit river within the glacial trough as well as the hanging valley and truncated spurs. Hanging valleys and truncated spurs are formed when tributary glaciers run into the main glacier, but erosion is not as strong therefore there is less depth and sometimes hanging valleys cause waterfalls but this is not the case in Nant Ffrancon valley. After the walk along the valley the students came upon a roche mountonee situated in the centre of the valley, this is an erosional process as the rock was surrounded by softer rock consequently that rock eroded and a roche mountonee was left behind.
The fieldwork has prepared students with geographical skills and understanding that can now be applied in the classroom. The students had a brilliant day and were a credit to the school.
By Olivia Simon and Alexandra Chenery
A photo gallery can be found HERE.
Mrs Sykes has received an award from the British Science Association in
recognition of how the Science department here at Sandbach School is providing outstanding enrichment opportunities within science.
Mrs Sykes guided 30 students through their CREST award last year and is one of a handful of teachers across the country to receive this award. CREST award is similar to the Duke of Edinburgh award and aims to build communication skills and scientific curiosity through extended projects.
The students who have completed the award last year have a display in their honour outside room 22.