Amazing opportunities at Cricklade Manor Prep – Amsterdam Tour 2023

We are thrilled to share with you our school trip to Amsterdam! It was an incredible, adventure-filled tour with new experiences and exciting opportunities. Our journey began with a flight to the city, which was an exciting and memorable experience for many of us. We were all looking forward to exploring the vibrant and bustling city of Amsterdam.

Our first stop was the Foam Museum, where we participated in a Photography workshop. The museum was filled with inspiring exhibits, and the workshop was led by experienced photographers who shared their knowledge and expertise with us. We learned about composition, lighting, and different techniques to take stunning photographs and creating portraits of each other.

At the Van Gogh Museum, we explored the stunning collection of paintings and artwork by the renowned Dutch painter, Vincent van Gogh.  The children had the opportunity to try their hand at sketching some of the famous works of art, and it was a fantastic way to learn about the life and work of this incredible artist.

We also visited the Anne Frank House, where the children learned about the life of Anne Frank and her family during World War II. It was a moving experience for everyone, and the children were able to gain a deeper understanding of this important historical event.

Of course, no trip to Amsterdam is complete without trying the local cuisine. We visited the Albert Cuyp market where the children indulged in delicious waffles and explored the stalls selling local treats and souvenirs. It was a fun and memorable experience for all and gave us the opportunity to practise our Dutch taught by Mr and Mrs Scheepers before our trip.

At the Rijksmuseum, the children were amazed by the incredible artwork on display. They were able to see first-hand some of the world’s most famous masterpieces and learn about the history and significance of each piece.  We were particularly inspired by and in awe of Rembrandt’s ‘The Night Watch’.

The Nemo Science Museum was a hit with the children, who enjoyed exploring the interactive exhibits and learning about science in a fun and engaging way. It was a great opportunity for the children to learn outside of the classroom.

In addition to our museum visits, the children also got to experience using public transport in Amsterdam. We took tram rides, used the metro and took a canal boat trip to get around the city, which was a fun and exciting way to explore Amsterdam.

One of the highlights of the trip for the children was having supper out in a local restaurant, followed by an awards celebration back at the hotel. The children loved getting dressed up in their evening outfits and receiving recognition for their hard work and achievements during the trip

“It really feels like a big family” – Year 6 child

On the last morning, we visited the Ajax Stadium for a tour. The children were able to see the pitch and learn about the history and legacy of one of the most famous football clubs in the world. The children loved using the press suite and role-playing famous footballers and press officers.

We want to give a special shout-out to our teachers, Mrs Brookes, Mrs Heywood, Mrs Fairbanks, Miss Blissett, Mrs Wielinska, Mrs Barratt and Mrs Oldridge who were incredible guides throughout the trip. Their wealth of knowledge and expertise made the trip even more meaningful and educational for our children.

Overall, our school trip to Amsterdam was an incredible experience for everyone involved. The children had the opportunity to learn, explore, and create unforgettable memories that will last a lifetime. We are extremely proud of the children of CMP who had many positive comments from the general public and the workshop leaders.  Thank you for your support and encouragement in making this trip possible with a special mention to Mr and Mrs Lindsay (Lechlade Marina Ltd) who generously bought the pupils their backpacks for the trip.  We cannot wait to plan the next one!