Bournemouth Bonding Trip

L4 (Year 8) Rye and Headington pupils came together for a tour of Bournemouth’s sights.

The trip was part of their Geography studies but also offered a welcome opportunity to bond before the classes merge next year.

The day began with an invigorating walk up to Hengistbury Head, where girls had the opportunity to study coastal processes and coastline management. As part of their fieldwork, they completed detailed field sketches, which were later judged by Geography teaching staff. Prizes were awarded to those with the best sketches, adding an element of friendly competition and creativity to the trip.

After the morning activities, the group boarded the coaches and headed to Boscombe Pier. Here, they enjoyed their packed lunches and indulged in ice cream, while engaging in various beach games.

The sunny, clear weather, despite some wind, made for a perfect day out, ensuring that everyone had a fantastic time.

A key highlight of the trip was not only the educational aspects but also the chance for pupils from both schools to bond and get to know one another better. The shared experiences and activities fostered new friendships and strengthened the sense of community.

“Sketching at Hengistbury Head was so much fun! It was interesting to learn about coastal management and also to try and draw the landscapes. Winning a prize for my sketch was a huge bonus!” said one pupil.

“I loved the beach games at Boscombe Pier. The ice cream was delicious and it was great to meet new friends from Rye St Antony. The whole day was amazing!” another pupil remarked.

Overall, the trip was a great success, combining educational activities with enjoyable social interactions and leaving pupils with lasting memories and new friendships.