During the Christmas holidays 2012, a group of Sixth formers enjoyed a cultural trip to Berlin. The group packed a lot into four days.
The highlight was the very atmospheric evening visit to the Reichstag. The girls felt very privileged because they had the parliament building to themselves.
They enjoyed the Christmas Markets, numerous photo shoots, a concert, a bowling competition and ended with a sobering visit to a concentration camp.
During the Easter holidays of 2012, a group of students and staff went on a trip of a lifetime to South Africa. The girls enjoyed an action-packed ten-day tour, starting off in Johannesburg where they visited the former home of Nelson Mandela. A visit to a lion park was a particular highlight for the girls, as they were able to stroke the orphaned lion cubs being reared there. A safari drive through the Pilanesburg National Park gave spectacular views of the wild life, including giraffes, zebra, wildebeest, rhino and even a leopard. A visit to the Gold Reef City, which included a descent several hundred feet underground to the gold mine, was not for the claustrophobic, but the girls were intrigued to find out how gold is smelted. Two days in Mossel Bay followed, with some stunning limestone scenery to view at Cango Caves and some rather frantic Ostrich riding by some of the more adventurous girls in the party!
Amongst the fun and excitement of the trip, the party also had a very important mission to fulfil. They visited a charity project near Cape Town, The Thembalitsha Foundation. Head Girl, Hannah Berrington handed over a cheque for money that the school had raised, as well as clothing and equipment they had collected. The charity looks after young people whose lives have been blighted by HIV and Aids.
The trip continued with a boat trip to Seal Island and a visit to Boulders Beach to see a colony of penguins, before visiting the Cape of Good Hope, Africa’s most south-westerly point. Shopping at the famous V & A Waterfront gave the girls some serious ‘retail therapy’ before a more sombre visit to the Robben Island prison, where Nelson Mandela was incarcerated for over twenty years. A cable car ride up Table Mountain to enjoy the spectacular views across Cape Town was the final treat for the party, before they began their journey home, all exhausted but having had an absolutely fantastic time.
Mr Gordon Cromb, who led the party said: “If the girls enjoyed the tour as much as I enjoyed their company, they must have had a wonderful time; they were such a pleasure to tour with.”
See more photos from the trip in the Photo Gallery
37 girls and accompanying staff headed off to explore China in April 2010. During their ten day cultural tour the group visited Beijing, Xian, Three Gorges and Shanghai.
The trip was a great success and the girls were able to visit many venues, soaking up the culture as they travelled from city to city.
Our thanks to the staff for looking after the girls during the visit and to Mr Cromb for organising the tour.
Years 9 girls visit Chateau in Normandy for a week of French language, culture and activity. The girls’ week is action-packed with opportunities to try archery, fencing, assault courses, climbing, team building, canoeing and circus skills. The unique element of the Chateau de la Baudonniere experience is that all activities are conducted exclusively in French, so encouraging students to develop their language skills in a challenging and engaging setting.
Every other year a group of Luckley students and teachers travel to Kenya to experience what life is like in rural areas. During their time the group assist in educating Kenyan pupils about conservation projects, including vital activities such as tree planting, to help prevent soil erosion. The students are also given talks about the importance of the conservation work that is undertaken to support the community. Part of the programme for the visit is organised through the Elsamere Field Studies Centre.
When girls visit Kenya they take with them a huge amount of stationery for the local children. On the last trip the girls took with them 1000s of pencils, 300 pens, 60 geometry sets, 84 sharpeners as well as note books and exercise books. Through the generosity of Luckley families and the School community £1,500 was raised. The fundraising will touch the lives of over 400 children and staff in the Elsamere area at Kimbo School and Longonot School.
This year, due to the security risks in Kenya our students are travelling to South Africa.
Year 10 have a regular trip to the Somme Battlefields of the Great War; a visit which enriches their understanding of the War Poets as well as their grasp of 20th Century history.
For recreation the PE department leads skiing trips to Europe. Girls from a variety of years are invited to join the trips, providing an opportunity to make new friends from different year groups. The girls enjoy skiing lessons, ice skating and entertainment during their trips. Both beginners and experienced skiers are welcomed on these trips. These trips usually take place in the February half term.
In December Year 11 students rise early and head off for a day in the beautiful city of Bruges. The day is a wonderful chance for Christmas shopping and cultural exploration in the last week of a very busy term.
In 2008 a group of over thirty girls and staff went on a tour of Western America. From the Pacific coast at Santa Monica, with heat wave temperatures of over 30 degrees C, to Bryce Canyon, where the temperature fell to below freezing and snow still lay on the ground. From the parched, bizarre landscapes of Death Valley to the pine forests of Colorado. From the incredible vista of the Grand Canyon wilderness to the skyscrapers and neon lights of Las Vegas. This was the truly memorable journey that 33 students took through four states, California, Colorado, Utah and Nevada during a ten day adventure through western USA.
Highlights included enjoying a meal at Bubba Gump’s Shrimp Restaurant on Santa Monica pier as the sun set over the Pacific Ocean; strolling along Hollywood Boulevard and Rodeo Drive; the strange wind-sculpted desert landscapes of Death Valley where the group descended to 200 feet below sea level; the mighty Hoover Dam on Lake Mead, with the seemingly endlessly-spinning turbines in its belly; the wondrous views of the Grand Canyon enjoyed from the air during a helicopter ride, and the stunning red sandstone pillars of Bryce Canyon. were all very memorable experiences.