Last Friday fifteen Year 8 and Year 9 students embarked on a creative writing residential in the beautiful Dorset countryside. Staying in a place called Springhead, they were inspired to write poetry, share short stories, create music, sketch and take stunning photographs. The accommodation was home to wonderful gardens, natural springs, a lake full of swans, geese and ducks and on the doorstep of rolling countryside.
Eddie, who was our host, showed everyone around the area. He told us all about the local flora and fauna, and treated us to tales of unfortunate Victorian mill workers and unlucky relatives – namely the sailor Richard Parker – look him up!
On top of that, we enjoyed a walk to the quaint local village of Fontmell Magna. We wandered the churchyard and imagined who the people behind the names on the gravestones once were. In the evenings, we toasted marshmallows on a bonfire under the stars, shared ghost stories by torchlight in the rotunda and of course ate plenty of tasty grub. It was food for thought!
Mr Woods and I were so impressed with the students’ creativity and thoughtfulness. It was a real pleasure to take such a lovely group away. Thank you all.
Be sure to look out for the trip again next year.