A fascinating exploration of ‘how places change’ was the subject of the first Geography Field Trip of the year for Year 7.
Focusing on the regeneration of the former dockland area south of Cardiff city centre, the day started with an introduction outside the magnificent Millennium Arts Centre. This flagship project lies at the heart of the £2 billion waterfront regeneration scheme.
Next, pupils visited the Norwegian Church, which has stood in Cardiff Bay for nearly 150 years. Pupils watched a short film on the history of Cardiff Bay and the regeneration project which started in the late 1980s. The fact that there is a Norwegian Church in the Bay is a clear indication of Cardiff’s links to Europe and beyond.
The next location was Porth Teigr area, which is still being regenerated. The area includes the BBC Roath Lock Studios and the Welsh Government’s Centre for the Creative Industries – Gloworks. Pupils recorded evidence of the past and considered the new jobs and opportunities being created. Our next destination was Roald Dahl Plass, a multi-function public area built over a former dock. Pupils then walked to the Coal Exchange Building, now a 5* hotel, this building made history with the first million pound coal deal.
Lunch at Mermaid Quay was followed by an exciting boat trip around the Bay, which enabled pupils to see the £700 million International Sports Village development and the £220 million Barrage.
Pupil Summer said: “I enjoyed the questionnaires around Mermaid Quay, talking to people about their views and opinions. Even though I live nearby I learnt so much more about the Bay.”
Classmate Alexandra added: “The trip was truly fascinating. I loved it!”
Speaking about the visit, Head of Geography, Mr Meek, said: “Many thanks go to the staff who supported the trip and to Year 7 for their enthusiasm and questions. It was a successful field trip, provoking and stimulating and a great way to start the year.”