Ambition, Experience, Explore (AEE) Days
We know how important it is to provide a well-rounded education for our students here at Meridian High School, so twice a year we celebrate the vast range of opportunities we have on our doorstep through our drop down timetable weeks to support our student’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural experiences.
Our first AEE week was a huge success with our students being given the opportunity to have a wide variety of life enhancing experiences both in and out of school.
Our students quickly became adept at moving around London using public transport and were at ease using the wide variety of transportations during the week. It was wonderful to see so many of them getting to grips with the underground and train networks with such confidence.
The week was jam packed with a variety of trips and on site activities organised by staff.
AEE February 2015
The Tower of London
Students met the Yeoman along with some of the resident ravens and came close to the Crown Jewels; they took part in workshops looking at the life of the two princes and were able to see how chilling the entrance to traitor’s gate was.
The Science Museum
Students were able to take part in a number of workshops including Launchpad and Tune up- Tune in, where they re-created a vintage style radio. They marvelled at vintage cars and steam engines and saw Stevenson’s Rocket.
Natural History Museum
Our students came face to face with the T- Rex in the dinosaur collection and visited many exhibitions covering the bigger mammals such as the polar bear which stood at 1.5metres tall.
The Imperial War Museum
Students were able to see how their life might have been had they been at school during World War 1 and 2 and dress up for life in the trenches, look at life size models of fighter planes and many more real life examples of ration books and war memorabilia.
The National Gallery and walk to Buckingham Palace
Our artistic students were able to find inspiration from the masters on the visit to the National Gallery when they saw paintings by Monet, Cezanne, Rembrandt and Van Gogh. They came back excited and talking about how they had taken inspiration for their own work from the paintings and sculptures. They took a walk down The Mall to see if the Queen was at Buckingham Palace and met the horse guards outside.
The Hornimann Museum
Students visited the aquarium and marvelled at the beauty of the jellyfish and were amazed at the size of the Walrus. They were able to dress up in masks from many different cultures and learn the history of them from around the world in a workshop with museum staff.
The Victoria and Albert Museum
Students visiting the Victoria and Albert Museum saw the world’s greatest collection of art and design artefacts such as Persian rugs, Dior dresses and antique jewellery to mention just a few.
Students took part in a whole variety of on-site activities such as trampolining, developing team building and communication skills through a mixture of activities and workshops with different departments.
Spanish and Food Technology teamed up to make some wonderful Spanish dishes to taste over lunch.
Geography and History looked into how other people live in other parts of the world and re-created shanty towns and toured the local area and looked into our Roman Road links.
The year 8’s were very lucky to work with a fantastic author and illustrator of children’s books Mr David Lucas who came in and showed them how he sought inspiration and came up with his ideas which helped them to develop their own carefully thought out books during the week.
The Maths and Technology departments challenged our students designing and advertising skills in the Malteser challenge.
Music had the Stomp team come in and improve our student’s musical talents through the use of everyday items. Drama had our budding young filmmakers going around making horror movies in school and ended up with hours of fantastic footage.
Art worked with a group of students making large scale mythical monsters using willow sticks and tissue paper; they designed these in groups which looked absolutely fantastic.
Both staff and students alike were proud to be members of Meridian High School as all of the students showed great enthusiasm and behaviour when taking part in activities.
AEE Summer 2015
Student’s continued to carousel the activities above that they have yet to experience along with additional activities of visiting Churchill’s War Rooms to discover the original Cabinet War Rooms, the wartime bunker that sheltered Churchill and his government during the Blitz. Touring the many decks of HMS Belfast and discovering what life at sea is really like.
Exploration of imagination and culture were experienced with works from Turner and Henry Moore on the art trail around Tate Britain.
AEE February 2016
Our second AEE week continued to provide opportunities to have a wide variety of life enhancing experiences both in and out of school. With a larger focus on developing student’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural experiences through thought provoking moral and social internal activities mixed with spiritual and cultural visits
The Science Museum
Students were able to take part in a number of workshops including Launchpad. They admired communication and space technology advances that have led to their own world of technology today.
Natural History Museum
Students immersed themselves in an array of collections and visited many exhibitions covering a plethora of exhibits from the natural world.
Tate Britain/ Tate Modern
Culture and artistic interpretations were absorbed and artistic expression was explored by our students in a whistle stop tour of both galleries.
Victoria and Albert Museum
Year 10 students accessed an array of the world’s leading art and design galleries, which houses a permanent collection of over 2.3 million objects that span over 5,000 years of human creativity. The Museum holds many of the UK's national collections and houses some of the greatest resources for the study of architecture, furniture, fashion, textiles, photography, sculpture, painting, jewellery, glass, ceramics, book arts, Asian art and design, theatre and performance.
Students explored an array of social, moral, spiritual and cultural activities that encompassed issues around the world.
Students explored the intricacies of architecture and design in the modern world. They designed, created and presented their own buildings.
We entertained guest speakers, who presented how to use data and computers in the digital world to open up the possibilities of careers and learning to our pupils.
Students explored fair trade and the ethical issues surrounding food supply and demand.
Students explored humanitarianism, aid and charity to broaden their understanding of the wider world and the challenges other societies face today.
Year 9 and 10 explored the works of Shakespeare to further their understanding of our English heritage in literature.
Year 8 and 9 played host to the army and the military preparation college who put our students through their paces with an assortment of physical training activities, mobile assault courses and strategic and team building challenges.
STEM – Curiosity Project
This session enabled students to understand how engineers apply knowledge of physics and magnetics to develop lifesaving MRI scanners. Students experimented with magnets to see how MRI scanners interact
with tissues to produce detailed images of the body.
Cambridge University Challenge
Students visited Cambridge University for a Challenge Day. The day provided the opportunity to find out more about university and hear about what Cambridge is like from current Cambridge students. As well as hearing about university and Cambridge, students also took one or two short sessions from academics at the university who talked about studying and researching and took part in a series of academic challenges and a debate.
AEE Summer 2016
The summer AEE week for Years 7-9 consisted of internally delivered activities on a carousel throughout the week. Each House delivered a unique set of activities outlined below:
North House delivered a number of workshops which incorporated Fear and phobias; what causes fear (scientifically), different types of fears and phobias, social impacts of phobias and treatment of phobias. Animal Fear was embraced by our guest Tom’s talking reptiles presenting an array of animals for students to make physical contact with to break down fears, myths and phobias. The following on sessions followed a crime scene investigation with engaging science practical’s.
South House delivered a Pop Up London project. Students explored the London skyline and learned a little about the different buildings we all take for granted. Students designed and created a giant 3D London Map of major monuments and buildings seen on our skyline. With the school being on the meridian line connections to this within the work were made, Greenwich was incorporated and the line to our school was identified through drawing an enlarged map of central London on which our students placed the many buildings they created through the day.
East House took on popular culture with Students studying the ‘zombie flick’ sub-genre. Students were given the opportunity to: Analyse existing films, write their own scripts, develop costume and make up designs for actors, act out and shoot a planned scene, take part in a live shoot on location and finally create promotional materials for their film.
West house delivered a Duke of Edinburgh (introduction) and an Outdoor adventurous activity day. Within this day students carried out Tent building, outdoor cooking, orienteering, and array of team building and trust exercises.
AEE July 2017
Year 7 travelled to Shepherd’s Bush to be immersed in the mini city that is Kidzania. We were swept up several escalators to find ourselves at a British Airways arrival desk. All students were checked in and given a set amount of Kidzos (the currency of Kidzania) to spend on their chosen activities. They could also earn extra currency completing jobs around the city. Kidzania is huge and there is far more to do than can be achieved in one visit. It was a fantastic immersive experience and it was great to see the energy of our year 7s as they tried to experience as much as possible.
Year 8 completed a countryside hike through our local area eventually finishing at Scout Adventures Downe where an afternoon of adrenaline fuelled activities were undertaken. Leap of Faith, Tomahawk throwing and abseiling were all approached with bravery and enthusiasm. We were blessed on the walk with some wonderful weather and both staff and students were somewhat in awe of the beautiful countryside which is on our doorstep. We even had our own Theresa May moment as we walked through some wheat fields. The students were amazing throughout and even had enough energy at the end of the day for a game of British Bulldog.