A trip of a lifetime

Three independent schools reveal the schools trips that their pupils found unforgettable

Solihull School 

A group of students from Solihull School have enjoyed a sushi-stocked educational trip to Japan.  

Immersing themselves in the country’s rich and eclectic culture, the students visited the Japanese capital Tokyo, before moving on to Kamakura, Mount Fuji, Koya-San, Kyoto and, finally, Hiroshima, the city on which the first atomic bomb was dropped in 1945. 

During the trip, the group tried their hand at traditional Japanese cooking, stayed in a Buddhist temple and visited some of the oldest shrines in Japan. 

Pupils also had the chance to experience some of Japan’s modern wonders, including ascending Tokyo Sky Tree, visiting the Studio Ghibli Museum – Japan’s equivalent of Walt Disney – and enjoying the Kawaii Monster Café in Harajuku, Tokyo. 

The trip was run through the school’s popular Japanese Society, whose term-time activities include origami, cooking Japanese food and learning about the Japanese tea ceremony. 

Loretto Senior School

A group of Loretto sixth form pupils spent the summer holidays on a Borealis Society Expedition, which involved a challenging five-week trip to Iceland. Starting in Reykjavik, the pupils travelled around Iceland via coastal treks, boat trips and hikes along the headland. Despite harsh conditions the group also managed to climb icecaps and achieved their objective of climbing Jokulbunga at 925m. 

The pupils found the expedition very rewarding, especially as they found the best way to recover from long climbing days was to soak in an Icelandic ‘hot pot’.

Beech Hall School 

Beech Hall School pupils and staff have recently returned from an unforgettable 12-day experience in Ghana.

 The party of 16, including 14 pupils aged 15–17 and two staff members, spent much valued time working in two local schools. Whilst helping with construction work and providing teaching support in the classrooms, Beech Hall pupils benefited greatly from the remarkable venture and principles shared.

 During the trip, determined pupils tirelessly mixed sand, cement and water to mould bricks for one of the schools in Ghana. Succeeding to make over 300 in five days, Beech Hall School has helped to create materials to build another classroom.

 The Beech Hall cohort went well equipped with a variety of gifts for the two schools in which they worked. Contributions included sports equipment and clothing, exercise books and teaching materials, 50 fidget spinners and children’s clothing. 

 Pupils and staff were accommodated throughout the trip by The Young Shall Grow International Foundation, which focuses on the provision of opportunity for children through education. Towards the end of the journey, the foundation presented the individuals with personalised scarves to show gratitude for their efforts. 

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