Year 10 students took a once in a lifetime trip to Iceland this Easter to get up close to some 'real life Geography'.
Students witnessed the effects of geothermal activity as they swam in the Blue Lagoon, visited a geothermal power station and got splashed by the most active geyser in Iceland. They stood between two tectonic plates as we visited the only place in the world where the Mid Atlantic Ridge can be seen above sea level. We visited contrasting waterfalls and the dramatic black volcanic beaches along the Icelandic coast where we studied the formation of the spectacular natural features. We also witnessed glacial processes when we visited a glacier tongue.
On the final morning students took the opportunity to wonder around Reykjavík; the world's northernmost Capital City.
Author visit - Alex Wheatle
10 of our students were invited to attend an author visit and talk, organised by the Creative Learning Services and hosted at the St. Paul’s Catholic School in Leicester. The students found the author very engaging and funny. They had a chance to listen to him talk about his childhood and how he got into writing; but they also had a chance to ask him questions, have books/posters signed by him and have a photo taken. The trip was well worth it!
The author, Alex Wheatle, is an award-winning black British novelist of Jamaican heritage. He spent much of his childhood in a Shirley Oaks children's home and at 16 was a founder member of the Crucial Rocker sound system; his DJ name was Yardman Irie. By 1980 Alex was living in a social services hostel in Brixton, South London, and he participated in the 1981 Brixton riots and aftermath. While serving his resulting sentence he read authors such as Chester Himes, Richard Wright, C. L. R. James and John Steinbeck. He claims that a Rastafarian was his cellmate, and he was the one who encouraged Alex to start reading books and care about his education. He has written a number of adult books and was awarded the MBE for services to literature in 2008.
His first Young-adult novel, Liccle Bit, was longlisted for the Carnegie Medal in 2016 and the second, Crongton Knights, won the 50th Guardian Children's Fiction Prize. S F said, one of the judging panel, said of the book: "Wheatle’s writing is poetic, rhythmic and unique, remaking the English language with tremendous verve. Though Crongton is his invention, it resonates with many urban situations, not only in Britain but around the world. Crongton Knights is a major novel from a major voice in British children’s literature."