Beachborough Enrichment Week Great Great Britain

What makes Great Britain ‘Great’?

This week Forms V to VIII have spent Enrichment Week doing some very interesting and exciting activities all about what makes Great Britain ‘Great’.  To view all the photos please see this week’s newsletter>>

The week began with a presentation looking at British values. It concentrated on democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs.

Throughout Monday morning three Magistrates visited to help children understand the criminal justice system. This included a presentation, role play and discussion about different types of crimes and concluded with three Mock Trials.

For the rest of the day everyone split into groups named after Famous Britons and had a go at various British Pastimes such as making tea and scones, playing croquet, darts and bowls, country dancing and folk singing. They also got to see highlights of the 1966 World Cup Final, played conkers, tried knitting and learnt in greater detail about various forgotten Great Britons.

The sun shone on Tuesday as some of the children visited Blenheim Palace, the birthplace of Churchill. Whilst this was going on the orchestra and 16 artists remained at school for a whole day’s workshop preparing for the highlight of the week, Beachborough’s very own Proms.
On Wednesday morning everyone used their democratic right to vote to decide who should be Beachborough’s Greatest Briton. The Debating Society gave outstanding
presentations; each one arguing why they should be the winner. The vote was close and after a recount Florence Nightingale was the winner with David Attenborough and
Winston Churchill coming second and third.

After a final chance to attempt some more British pastimes everyone convened in the
Performing Arts Centre (PAC) for our very own Beachborough Proms. We stood in silence to welcome the Queen and sang the National Anthem. The world famous conductor Mrs Dunkley looked resplendent in red, white and blue as she led the orchestra into rousing renditions of “Jerusalem”, “Rule Britannia”, “I vow to thee my country” and “Land of Hope and Glory”. It had all the pomp and circumstance of the Proms with flag waving and an audience dressed to celebrate. It finished with the unveiling of the two amazing pieces of art created by the artists on Tuesday which will remain in the PAC as a lasting memory to a fantastic Enrichment Week.

Thanks go to Mr Clark for coordinating a truly enriching experience for all.

Report by Dan Gross