Day 2 (2019)

What an amazing day!

We were up with the sun this morning and after a hearty breakfast, we boarded the coach and headed to Media City.  Mrs Shotton and Claire’s groups headed in to the BBC for their tour, while Mrs Grimes and Mrs Rutherford’s groups made the short walk to the Imperial War Museum.  However, a chance meeting with the delorean, the cast of the new Back to the Future musical and a news crew provided a small diversion from the published schedule.  Some opportunities are too good to miss.  We asked if we could have a photo and they welcomed us to come and meet the cast, the writer Bob Gale and some of us even got interviewed for the Granada evening news!

All groups found the Imperial War Museum an informative and moving experience. The highlight was a short talk and Q and A session with two WW2 veterans.  The children listened with great respect and asked sensitive and thoughtful questions.  It was quite a humbling experience to be in the company of two such inspirational gentlemen who encouraged the children to work hard, dream big and become whatever they wanted to be.

The tour of CBBC was a real treat.  We were accompanied by great guides who were both informative and entertaining.  We visited CBBC HQ, Newsround, BBC breakfast and so much more.  Mrs Grimes and Mrs Rutherford were particularly keen on the Strictly dresses that were on display!  The children listened well and represented their school proudly.

Next stop was the Lowry museum.  After such a busy day up to this point, we wanted the children to have a bit of quiet time and so gave them each some paper and a pencil and suggested that they sketched art work that caught their eye.  We hope to display some of their great work when we get back to school.

Up next was the Tops World Buffet.  Now, it would be a lie to say that some of us didn’t over indulge a little but Mr Shotton had the perfect remedy for a sore stomach – a brisk walk back to the youth hostel.  It worked a treat!

Back at HQ, the children enjoyed a little bit of down time, chatting, playing pool, table football and cards.  And now at the end of another busty day, the children are getting ready for bed, I think everyone will sleep well tonight. 

Again, the children are happy, well and making the most of this fabulous experience.  As staff, we were delighted when the waiting staff at the restaurant told us what well behaved children we had.  Of course, we already know this. The purple standard is flying high in Manchester!