The final field trip of the year brought Year 7 to Cardiff Bay to explore the regeneration of the former dockland area south of the city centre. Our first activity involved an introductory talk at Roald Dahl Plass, a multi-function public area built over a former dock. The backdrop to this area is the magnificent Millennium Arts Centre. This flagship project lies at the heart of the £2 billion waterfront regeneration scheme. We then headed down to Mermaid Quay for an exciting boat trip around the Bay, this enabled pupils to see the £700 million International Sports Village development (which is still on-going) and the £220 million Barrage. During lunch pupils had the opportunity to soak up the atmosphere of the Bay and to carry out an environmental survey. Our next activity involved a tour of the Bay on the Cardiff Bay Road Train, this included Port Teigr, a new sustainable mixed development including the Dr Who Experience and the BBC Roath Lock Studios. We next drove through Cardiff Docks and then out along the Barrage. Pupils had the opportunity to see the one of the lock gates working and see the difference in water height of the freshwater lake in the Bay and low tide in the Bristol Channel. The day finished at the Senedd Building, home of the Welsh Government. Pupils had a guided tour of this environmentally friendly building and also were able to listen in on an assembly debate.
Many thanks go to Mr Jones, Mrs Harper and Mrs Hastings for their help and support. A successful field trip, though-provoking and stimulating, a great way to finish the year.
Mr N Meek
“I loved going on the boat and the road train, it was very factual.”
“Thank you for a great trip, I learnt a great deal and the slushies were amazing.”
“I loved the views from the boat and the captain’s dog.”