Every year it is tradition for the whole of Year 7 to take a Geography trip to Snowdonia and climb Snowdon, Wales’ tallest mountain and this year was no exception. It is also tradition that pupils get a little damp whilst making the climb as it usually rains or at the very least drizzles. This year staff and pupils were blessed, not only with fabulous weather, but the most glorious views when they reached
However, whilst everyone had a great
time making the intrepid six hour trek to
the topand back down again some pupils
wereequally fascinated by the history of
the slate industry that Snowdon is also
famousfor. In particular Dinorwic Quarry, which has what appears to be a huge chunk missing,
almost like agiant has taken a massive bite from the mountainside.On visiting the Slate Museum
pupils learnt that sadly this gaping hole was not due to a mythical giant but years of open cast
mining. In the pastexplosives were used to extract the slate, sometimes causing fatalities. Over theyears the ‘stolen’part of the mountain has generated a
great deal of debate as to whether this is ascar onthe mountain or actually a beautiful feature.
At the museum pupils had the opportunity to learn a great deal about the history of the
slateindustry including watching slate being split and dressed (transformed into a roof tile).
They saw some of the machinery that would have been used and where the workers spent
most of their days. They also visited three different houses, from three different periods of
time, where workers would have lived.
Hannah Moody commented, “I especially enjoyed watching the film at the beginning of the
tour ‘To steal a mountain’. It was also fascinating and really interesting to see what life
waslike for the workers all those years ago”.