Form II went on an exciting trip to Cheddar Gorge, accompanied by Ms Fagan (our Science teacher) and Mrs Worrall (our Geography teacher). Our trip into Gough’s Caves was very interesting and everyone was eager to learn as much as possible about the caves. We had a lovely guide who kindly answered all of our questions and helped us learn even more about stalactites and stalagmites. To be in a cave that had been discovered almost 200 years ago and learning about ‘Cheddar Man’ who lived 9,100 years ago was fascinating. The trip around the cave took about 40 minutes and we learnt about the history and geography of the caves in Cheddar. We even saw some cheese in the caves as it is the perfect place to mature the cheeses because of its constant temperature and humidity.
Our second activity was a climb up the 247 steps of Jacob’s Ladder to the top of one side of the Gorge. It was a long and tiring trek making it a perfect place to sit down at the top and sketch the surrounding landscape ready for our geography lesson back at school. We also climbed up the extra steps to the Look Out tower where we had a great view of Cheddar from a distance.
A visit to Cox’s Cave was very spooky as it was covered in skeletons and lights making us jump and scream at the sight of anything unexpected!
After all of this we visited the ‘Cheddar Sweet Kitchen’ where we had a demonstration from the owner who showed us how to make lemon sherbets which tasted delicious. Then we had ten minutes to buy delicious sweets and yummy fudge from the shop.
It was nearing time to go back to school so we had half an hour to look around the little shops in Cheddar and many of us decided that we had to go to the Cheese shop as no one should leave Cheddar Gorge without trying the delicious Cheddar cheese.
After a really enjoyable day we got into the mini buses and set off back to school. Everyone really enjoyed themselves and learnt so much in Cheddar as well as having a fun day out.
Hermione, Form II Pupil
Dr Harden accompanied Sophia, Harriet, Constance and I (all Form II) to the Salter’s Chemistry Festival at Reading University. It was a fantastic experience and all four of us thoroughly enjoyed the day.
We arrived very early and firstly completed a very challenging crossword sheet given to us. After half an hour of looking around the Chemistry building we went to the lecture theatre where we were told what we were going to be doing for the rest of the science-packed day.
After the talk we went into one of the many Chemistry labs where we would be spending two hours trying to solve a murder case by testing different samples of unknown solutions to find out who had committed the murder. There were two sets of experiments which we did in pairs: Chromatography and sample testing. With half an hour left we completed our investigation with a neat forensic report.
In the afternoon we returned to the lab for another investigation. The scenario was that a meteorite had fallen onto the campus and we needed to find out the unknown metal by testing different metals and comparing them to the original meteorite metal. It was a challenging experiment because we were given so little sample or information.
After all these experiments we went back to the lecture theatre for a fun lecture of explosions and fun demonstrations.
Hermione, Form II Pupil
On 20 March we walked into the science lab to see ten little eggs in an incubator and a little blue box with a big light bulb. It was already made up with wood chippings, food and water.
Two cute little chicks had already been born and our whole year were hoping they would all hatch. We guessed right. By the next Monday all the chicks had been born and we were lucky enough to see a birth, when the chick hatched. It wasn’t very cute but within a couple of hours the fur had grown and it was very cute.
Miss Wells had set Form I a rota every morning and two of us would come in and clean the chicks’ little enclosure and if we didn’t have a science lesson that day we would weigh them.
Form I were allowed to name one chick and we named her Chicka. At the end of the science lessons sometimes we were allowed to take the chicks outside. They had a little cardboard pen so we brought them outside and let them roam around on the grass.
Then on Friday 1 May it was the chicks’ last day at Heathfield and we took them out for the last time and they had grown a lot and liked jumping around especially Chicka. We said our goodbyes and they were whisked away from us at lunchtime.
I really enjoyed the experience of looking after them and hopefully we can do it again soon.
Alannah, Form I Pupil