Everybody got wet and students got stuck in and used tape measures, metal chains, meter sticks, clinometers, callipers and ping pong balls to measure various characteristics of the river as we travelled downstream. They were enthusiastic throughout and weren’t even phased by the hour long power cut at the guesthouse; students happily worked by torchlight when the sun went down and they patiently waited for hot water to wash off the river water and warm up again. The next day, students enjoyed the warm sunshine and cool air in Wuzhen as they wandered the narrow streets and conducted surveys and questionnaires to find out more about the impacts of tourism and the way that it is managed.
Students were dedicated and they worked long into the evenings to make the most of the time and the data they collected. Some of the highlights included witnessing the bamboo climbing display at Wuzhen; keeping toasty by a campfire outside the guesthouse; Mr Hill rescuing a small bat from a toilet and ‘compulsory fun’ in the evenings (ranging from quizzes to some very creative geography rapping).
Everyone came away having learnt something new about Geography, about skills and about themselves. I would like to offer a big thank you to all of the students who brought enthusiasm and a positive attitude and to staff for giving up their weekend to enable this trip to be a success. A special thank you to the P&E staff (Esther, Peter and Sabrina) who supported the logistics of the trip and ensured its success and finally to Mr Daniel Grocott who shared his experience and expertise with me in planning and running this trip.
Laura Townsend, Geography teacher