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Students from St Benedict's Catholic School, in Beetons Way, Bury St Edmunds, take part in medieval themed summer school




School was most definitely not out for summer as nearly 100 prospective Year 7 students took part in a ‘Medieval Mysteries’ week in Bury St Edmunds.

The cohort of pupils, who are set to join St Benedict’s Catholic School, in Beetons Way, in September, was invited into the school last week to take part in a range of activities including story-telling using Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, code-breaking linking to the medieval use of cryptography and a drama session looking at lives in a Middle Ages village.

Imogen Senior, headteacher, said: “We wanted to offer something to students that was genuinely enriching and gave them an opportunity to gain a deeper knowledge around a theme and use this to support those key skills of literacy and maths whilst building confidence, knowledge and cultural capital.

Students having a laugh in a drama group. Picture: Mark Westley.
Students having a laugh in a drama group. Picture: Mark Westley.

“I am really grateful to the staff who have put so much into making this a success and to the students and parents who have supported this programme.

"We have spent a week getting to know these students which has been a real privilege.”

The week, funded in part through the Department of Education, also saw staff from Lavenham Falconry visit the school.

Some other students in the drama group. Picture: Mark Westley.
Some other students in the drama group. Picture: Mark Westley.

Students visited Hedingham Castle to see where some of the themes they had discussed over the week would have taken place as well.

Eliza Ionescu, one of the students, said: “I have enjoyed all of the activities, but I was really lucky because in the falconry display the hawk landed on my head!

"I feel ready to start at St Benedict’s in September and I feel that I now know the school much better. The field is really big!”

Another prospective student Pedro Anjo said: “I am glad I came to the summer school because I made friends and had a lot of fun.

Imogen Senior, headteacher at St Benedict's with the falcon last Tuesday. Picture: Clare Chacksfield.
Imogen Senior, headteacher at St Benedict's with the falcon last Tuesday. Picture: Clare Chacksfield.

"The best bit was the falconer because I liked seeing the different types of birds.

"I also enjoyed playing football at lunchtime!"

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