We're going to the zoo....

Wednesday 24 January.  Cold and rainy.  Windy.  And Years 7, 8 and 9 are going to Chester Zoo!
 
We left school for a combined geography and English trip in weather that was more suitable for a duvet day.  Thankfully, by the time we reached Chester, it had brightened, stopped raining and ceased to blow at gale force.
 
With so much to do and so little time, we set off in groups, some for the Islands, some for monkeys and others for elephants and rhinos.  Pupils had educational packs in order to gather information about animals for their forthcoming work in their lessons, and a good deal of drawing of monkeys was completed.  The monkey house was occupied by two cameramen, possibly filming for 'The Secret Life of the Zoo', although, thankfully, no-one interrupted them in their tasks.
 
After visiting various enclosures - including a close encounter with bats in the Bat Cave (the staff member stationed amongst the bats complemented the behaviour of St Gerard's pupils!) - a few groups met for lunch near the camels, onagers and cheetah enclosures.  After lunch, red apes, reticulated pythons, jaguars and sloths delighted the pupils.
 
Finally, no trip is complete without a visit to the gift shop where pupils purchased gifts for friends and family, and some provisions for the journey home.
 
Thanks to all the staff at St Gerard's who made the day possible, and to the staff at Chester Zoo for their help throughout the day.
 

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