Year 8 had a fabulous trip to the famous science centre and observatory. 8Y had glorious weather but 8X had to endure rather more inhospitable rain and wind. The Year 8 pupils took on a range of hands-on activities testing reaction time, modelling tornadoes and the vacuum chair. They also got to see the reflecting and refracting telescopes – some even got to have the dome opened and spun around. The team challenges were interesting as there was no teacher involvement: pupils had to build a bridge, cross it and then dismantle it to see which team could get the fastest time. They also had to build the tallest freestanding tower with a set number of foam blocks. Some teams gambled and it toppled whilst others were above 2.5 metres. Pupils loved the outdoor hands-on activities with the water, discovery park and some even made friends with some very large fish. There was a three-way tie for the winning team in 8Y but just one outright winner for 8X. The pupils were a credit to the school and we had a thoroughly enjoyable trip.