The Year of the H.U.G

This year 35 pupils from across KS3 were selected to be the pioneer members of the Humanities Upper Group (HUG).  We kicked off the year with a trip to the National Maritime Museum’s multi sensory installation - High Arctic.  Pupils were asked to consider the fragile ecosystems of the Arctic at a time of global climate change and consider the possible futures the earth could be facing. 

Later in the year we turned our attentions back in time to the 1800s when we visited The Old Operating Theatre, to see what the beginnings of modern surgery were like.  We all left rather glad to be living in the 21st Century – especially one pupil who nearly lost a leg! 

The brave HUG pupils also set out on the trail of Jack the Ripper this year with London Walks who guided us through winding streets and alleyways retracing the string of gruesome murders and getting to know the darker parts of London’s history. 

The final exploration day took us out of London and in to the historic city of Canterbury where HUG members followed in the footsteps of medieval pilgrims in the Cathedral and the Canterbury Tales Museum. We climbed to the top of the Westgate Tower and walked along the old city walls, took in the beautiful views and measured the river in Westgate gardens, and evaluated the success of the new regenerated shopping zone before heading home exhausted. 

It has certainly been a great start for HUG but there’s definitely more to come next year, so watch this space. Anyone who is interested in any of the events or activities run by HUG should please speak to Miss Tappous.