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Year 11 Visit The National Memorial Arboretum

National Memorial Arboretum

Year 11 visited the National Memorial Arboretum on Thursday 20 November. The students found it a particularly moving experience. One student was obviously very touched to see an elderly gentleman at the NMA, in his wheelchair with a carer or relative. The gentleman got out of his chair and managed to potter about at the ‘Shot at Dawn’ memorial. The student went up to the man, shook his hand and said it was pleasure to meet him. The man then responded by saying it had been his pleasure to meet the student. The staff were reduced to tears, and again when the carer/relative patted the student on the back.

As regards the same elderly man, many of our pupils were very moved to see someone there who had clearly lived through the war and been so affected. Another student came up to a member of staff and asked if he should offer to help the man walk around, or did I think it might offend him. Several of the girls were also quite tearful watching the gentleman walking around and touching the memorials.

Finally, as we left the shop, a timid student stopped and held the door open for an elderly couple. The man told him he was a real gentleman.

Excellent ambassadors for the Academy once again.

Thank you to the staff for arranging the visit and to our Year 11 students for their exemplary behaviour.

Visit to The Galleries of Justice Museum

Galleries of Justice Museum

During October, to enhance the study of GCSE Crime and Punishment, year 10 visited the Galleries of Justice Museum in Nottingham. This former County Hall is the site of many of the county’s past trials and executions.

During the trip students visited court rooms, prison cells and exercise yards, as well as seeing where public and private executions used to take place.  All pretty gruesome but fascinating!  They also experienced what it would have been like to be transported to Australia and went on a tour of how the prison system developed from the 19th century to the present day.  In the afternoon, students participated in a court room drama, acting out a case involving William Saville, a notorious murderer who was one of the last public hangings in Nottingham.

Students enjoyed the visit, saying that it was “fantastic” and gave them “a great insight”, one student on the trip also said it was the “best visit” they had ever been on!  As always, our group behaved exceptionally and were excellent ambassadors for the academy.

Year 8 Trip to The Black Country Living Museum

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On Thursday 16th October 2014, 120 pupils from Year 8 visited the Black Country Living Museum in Dudley.

This was part of their work on the Industrial Revolution, where we are learning and researching in order to answer the key question: ‘Was the period 1750-1900 the best time to be British?’

On the visit we looked at a variety of buildings from the time period- mines, workshops, houses, shops and even the pub (but only from the outside)! A favourite with the pupils was the traditional sweet shop.  Some groups rode on the bus, others played Victorian childhood games in the street, whilst other groups visited the traditional fair ground for the ride of their lives! All through the visit, pupils were looking for information on living and working conditions in this time period to learn about the positive and negative aspects, which will help them in the end of term assessment.  The subsequent homework task helped to summarise all of these ideas.

The museum was exceptionally busy on the day of our visit, both with members of the public and with other school groups.  I would like to thank our pupils for their excellent behaviour and enthusiasm on the day, which made them fantastic ambassadors for UAK and made me very proud. Well done Year 8!   – Mrs Peach

Experiencing life in “The Age of Industry”

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Students at Maryhill High School visited Quarry Bank Mill in Cheshire to get a glimpse of what life was like during The Industrial Revolution.

Quarry Bank Mill is one of Britain’s greatest industrial heritage sites and it demonstrates how a complete industrial community lived during The Industrial Revolution. The Cotton mill houses the Europe’s most powerful working waterwheel and the guided tour of the Apprentice House, which housed the pauper children who worked in the mill, teaches much about how life was in that era.

The following review is written by students who attended the trip:

“Firstly we visited the Apprentice House.  This was very interesting as we got to find out what an apprentices life would be like.  I also got to make a lot notes which will help with our coursework.

Then we walked around the cotton mill.  We found out the jobs that children would do in the mill and I also got to make more notes.

Brilliant trip ! ! ! ”
by Lauren Butler & Lauren-Rose Wight 

Anyone interested in finding out more about Quarry Bank Mill, visit their website at: http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/quarry-bank-mill/

History Students travel back in time… to Pompeii

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In July 2012, a group of Students and Staff from Maryhill High School visited Sorrento, Italy to develop their knowledge and understanding of life in Pompeii at the time of the volcanic eruption and how the lives of inhabitants were impacted.  The visit also offered an insight into Italian culture historically and as it is today.
The group visited the partially buried Roman town-city of Pompeii where they saw many of the excavated buildings ranging from shops to the amphitheatre as well as the famous preserved casts of some of the bodies. Later they made the long, snaking walk up the slopes of Mount Vesuvius!  An evening of bowling followed, along with some well deserved rest.
On the second day, they travelled by hydrofoil to the Isle of Capri and took a chairlift to the summit of Monte Solaro where the views were spectacular of the Bay of Naples.  Finally, on the last day, they visited the famous Amalfi Drive. The views were breathtaking on this thrilling drive around the scenic coastline passing through the traditional towns and villages.  In the evening they experienced a “Tarantella Show” in Sorrento, an evening of music and dance.
The behaviour of the pupils on the trip was exemplary and it was definitely a trip of a lifetime enjoyed by all.

Cadbury World Trip

Cadbury World
Despite a 3 hour coach journey and the appalling weather, we arrived at Cadbury World in good spirits. We were soon underway, exploring the history of Cadburys and the ways in which their Christian faith guided how the company was run.

Students learned a lot of interesting facts and were also able to enjoy the delights of Cadburys famous chocolate before returning home!


Black Country Museum Y8 History Trip

On Thursday 19 May 2011, Year 8 went on a History trip to the Black Country Museum. The staff at the Museum made some very positive comments about the appearance and behaviour of our students – well done!

Here are some reports from the students:

“On 19 May 2011, Maryhill High School took Year 8 to the Black Country Museum. I was shocked to see how poor the facilities in the old days were. The toilets were very poor. There was a plank of wood with a hole in it with a bucket underneath. You went and sat on the toilet, it went in the bucket and you chucked it away on the crops. The toilet had to be shared with other people as well.

One of the houses my group went in was called a toal house. We were told about the families that lived in the house. There were 10-13 people living in a 2-bedroom house. The girls would share a room with their Mum and the boys with their Dad. The Mum would sew a duvet-like cover and fill it with straw and another cover on top if needed as there was 6-9 in a bed.

I also found the mine interesting. The miners never saw one bit of daylight, except on a Sunday.”

Abbey Parton (8GJ)

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“On my visit to the Black Country Museum, I thought it was very interesting and enjoyable. There were many places we could go and visit and I learnt a lot of facts that I didn’t know before.

My favourite part of the day was going in the old fashioned houses. I enjoyed this because it showed you how people lived and the conditions they went through every day.

My least favourite part of the day was the coal mine. I didn’t like it because it was small and dark. It surprised me how people used to work every day and how little they were paid for doing a dangerous job.

I enjoyed the school because it is different from schools now. They were much stricter and they were different to how we learn today.

I learnt how people used to live and how they worked every day.

I saw how to make chains and how chains would be used. It was a very dangerous job and I wouldn’t have like to work like that.”

Amy Ash (8HM)

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“My visit to the Black Country Museum was very interesting and enjoyable. We were able to see how life used to be like and how they lived. We went in a chemist, an old school room, a mine and old houses. I learnt a lot of things that I didn’t know before.

My favourite part of the day was when we went into the old houses and the old shops to see how their life was like and how they made tablets and chains. I can’t believe how they made tablets and medicine and how they lived.

My least faviourite thing was going into the mines. I didn’t like it because it was very small, enclosed and dark. It was surprising how they worked at such a young age, didn’t get much money and they were down there for 12 hours.

I enjoyed the day and I learnt a lot more about life than when I went before. The guide told me a lot about how they lived. I am glad I didn’t live in those days. I also learnt why it was called the Black Country and the reasons for how they lived. It was very dangerous in those days.”

Kira Stanaway (8SIA)

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“On 19 May 2011, Year 8 went to visit the Black Country Museum. We went to see what it was like living in the Victorian times.

St Thomas’ School: In Victorian times, schools were very strict because if you had nail varnish on, you would get the cane. They also had this handwriting called hooks and hangers. The date and title had to be all underlined and you had to always sit up straight and look smart.

Houses: The houses were very small because you had to buy the piece of land and then build your house but all the houses were rented.”

Kirsty Jackson (8SP)

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“At the Black Country Museum, the mines were good because you could see how and where they worked. Some people would have a really dangerous job like chopping the ceiling down.

I also liked the old school because it was funny when people got told off and got the cane. Also the writing they had to do was too posh and boring. I didn’t like the writing.

I really liked the fair, the sweets and the chips. They tasted so nice.

I think the houses were a bit too crushed together and the toilet was outside. I wouldn’t like to have lived in those days.

I learnt that women and children didn’t have a choice and 5-year olds had to work. Also people didn’t dare say no because of how you would have been treated.

I saw that the mine’s ceiling got lower and lower and all you had in those days was a candle for 12 hours as you worked. People would have died down there because of how dangerous it was.”

Chloe Thompson (8SP)

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Queen Elizabeth Visits Year 8

On Thursday 13 January 2011, Year 8 attended a History workshop in school with none other than Queen Elizabeth herself!

“The Queen Elizabeth workshop was very good because everything was true. We learnt lots that we didn’t know and it also helped us to understand the things we already knew better. The best part about it was when Elizabeth was talking about how she couldn’t and wouldn’t marry anyone; it was also good when she showed us the bits and pieces from the past. The costume was really good, and so was the makeup. I also liked how she interacted with the audience by asking us questions and quizzing us from time to time. There wasn’t really anything bad about it, so overall it was very good and was fun to listen to and very entertaining.”  Written by Alex Hayes 8SP