Each year Dereham Sixth Form College organises over 50 trips and visits to enrich learning across the subjects. The programme for this year is well underway with the following three trips already having taken place.
The Art and Design department visited Norwich Castle Museum on 21st September for an Arts Masterclass and to visit the Riches and Rarities exhibition. The masterclass was entitled Narrative, Allegory and Illusion and was run by critically acclaimed local artist, Will Teather. (The following information is from Norwich Castle Museum). In conjunction with The Paston Treasure: Riches and Rarities of the Known World Exhibition, this was a chance for A-level students to develop their artistic thinking skills and techniques by working with a practising artist. Will Teather introduced his work as a painter, both looking at what it is like to work as an artist and by revealing some of his approaches to developing a sense of narrative and illusion with magical-realist artworks. A series of drawing activities took place where students reinterpreted items from the collections of the castle museum and created their own imagined worlds of curiosities. Many aspects of how to effectively create alternate realities were discussed such as perspective lighting and form, with reference to ideas around the uncanny, magic-realism and maximalism.
The University of East Anglia (UEA), in partnership with Vattenfall and 3DWebtech, ran an educational programme in which undergraduates and sixth-formers were invited to design and plan their own wind farm. Students from our Year 13 cohort went along on 20th September and were mentored by undergraduates, who had spent the previous day learning about the process, to design their own wind farm. You can read more about the event here. Year 13 Nathan Codling reflects on the day:
“I thoroughly enjoyed the experience. The fact we had to work with completely new people was an experience in itself as we had to learn to work together. I really enjoyed being able to use prior experiences to help gain an understanding when having to consider particular elements throughout the project. Being able to bring my own qualities and skills into this type of environment was great because everyone has something to offer. For me, it was my maths skills, so to get to spend the day with my calculator working out finance and efficiency was brilliant. All in all, it was an awesome experience.”
On 26th September our Geography students visited Canary Wharf and the surrounding area. The trip had been design to allow further fieldwork and to develop the knowledge and skills required for their Changing Places unit in which they will sit an exam in June next year. The London Docklands is the place with which they are comparing Dereham for their case study. Dr Barrett from our Geography department, who organised the visit, explains further:
“Having studied it as a place earlier in the year, this was a chance to experience it for ourselves. Our first experience of London was not finding two parking spaces for the minibuses but we persisted and got on our way! The Docklands Museum told the story of the area from Roman times to the present day. There was even a display of buried remains from the Roman era. More useful for our students was the detailed study of how the area had been severely damaged by the war, the decline of the docks and the conversion of the area into one of the world’s most important financial centres. After this, we enjoyed the freedom to have lunch in our choice of eatery. There was plenty of choice but prices were high! One of the bigger banks had a fire drill whilst we sat in Cabot Square so we got to see lots of very smart and busy workers, worried about not being able to take calls and using the time to network.
The afternoon was spent on a walking tour. This was not an area of London we would normally visit and we found it really interesting to see. In many ways, the landscape was futuristic. Some of us liked this, others found it lacking in character, with most buildings having a similar style. Glass was everywhere and there were still cranes busily adding more high-rise structures to the area. We were treated to the joys of the DLR and the rush-hour tube before heading back to the quiet roads of Norfolk.”
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