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The biggest group of Sixth Years so far took part in this year’s Lochaber High School London trip. One hundred and nine pupils and staff, in three coaches, travelled to the capital for a long-weekend of sightseeing, museum visits, activities and shows. The group was so large it had to be split between two hotels, the Meininger and the Columbia.
The excited young people left Lochaber High at 6.30 am on Thursday 19 February, travelling throughout the day in time to check-in at their hotels and then head out for a meal at Carluccio’s restaurant. After a long day on the coaches, the two-mile walk back to the hotels was welcome exercise … for most.
Friday and Saturday were spent on a variety of activities with each member of the group choosing three each day from an extensive list which included: a walking tour of the main sights; a visit to the Natural History Museum, the Science Museum or the V&A; a tour of the Emirates stadium; a guided tour of BBC Broadcasting House (with a chance to read the news, the weather or take part in a radio play); a trip to the Imperial War Museum; a visit to the Tower of London (with a viewing of the Crown Jewels); an encounter with the celebrities at Madame Tussaud’s; a visit to the Churchill War Rooms or a tour of Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. There were four shows on offer in the evenings: ‘Jersey Boys’, ‘Dirty Rotten Scoundrels’, ‘Memphis’ and ‘The Lion King’ along with indoor go-karting at the high-speed Team-Sport track in North London. Friday night’s meal was at Hard Rock Café and, on Saturday, the group ate at a variety of different West End restaurants. There was even some time for shopping in an extremely busy Oxford Street on Saturday afternoon.
The fourth and final day of the trip – Sunday 22 – was sunny with clear blue skies; perfect for the whole group to experience a flight on the London Eye. The stunning views of the capital provided a perfect end to a hectic but thoroughly enjoyable trip. The group boarded the coaches at midday for the long journey home… most of the group were asleep before reaching the motorway north!
This was the ninth annual Sixth Year trip to London and was arranged for those who have met a standard of application, behaviour and uniform; setting a good example for younger pupils. Next year’s trip is already booked – Fifth Years can sign-up now.