On Tuesday 10th July fifty seven Year 8 and 9 students attended a trip to Chichester as part of our Enrichment Week activities.
In the morning, students visited Fishbourne Roman Palace. They were told that this is the largest Roman building north of the Alps - so it remains something of a mystery what this splendid palace was doing in Sussex. Students participated in a workshop where they handled and assessed archaeological finds from the site. PCS students rose brilliantly to the challenge of speaking about the objects they had investigated. Some even got to dress up as Roman aristocrats; did you know a yard of silk cost the same as a lion? Neither did I!
After some time exploring the mosaics and the museum, students were keen to visit the giftshop and as our coach rolled out of the carpark, students clutched replica rings and coins galore.
The next stop was Chichester Cathedral. How beautiful the Bishop's Gardens are in summer! As we stood before the magnificent West Front, glinting and defined under a blazing sun, a student said to me in a pleasant but candid tone: "no offence Sir but I'm not really into R.E."
Nevertheless, we were led by Chaplain Alison through the incredible interior to the Lady Chapel where Alison explained about our Patron Saint of Sussex, and former Bishop of Chichester, St Richard. Students were very respectful as Alison recited the famous Prayer of St Richard.
All in all we were very fortunate to experience the day we did and a big thank you to Ms Turner and Ms Murphy, and especially to Ms Trower the parent helper who gave up free time to help make this trip happen.
Written by Mr Hill