We provide a wide range of educational visits for every year group including Drama and social visits to Theatre productions, Science events at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratories, student events at local Universities, Art students to Galleries, Business students to local companies and Graphics students to the Didcot Railway Centre. To view details of this year's visits please click here
Here is a highlight of our trips over recent years. For futher details click on the visit name and it will take you to more information:
|Visit Name||Curriculum Link||Where||Year Group|
|Sweeney Todd||Music||Oxford||Years 9 -12|
|Remembrance Sunday||Citizenship||Didcot||Year 11|
|China Visit 2013||MFL||Beijing and Xi'an||Years 10, 11, 13|
|Ulysses Group||Pedagogy||Didcot||Year 10|
|Houses of Parliament||Citizenship||London||Year 10|
|Computing Museum Visit||ICT/Computing||London||Year 12 & 13|
|Yenworthy Art visit||Art||Devon||Year 11, 12 & 13|
|Field trip to south coast||GCSE Geography||Studland Bay and Swanage||Year 10|
|Galleries of Justice||GCSE History||Nottingham||Year 10|
|Salters' Festival of Chemistry||Science||Oxford||Years 7 & 8|
|Salamanca||MFL||Spain||Years 9 and 10|
|PGL Osmington Bay||ICT||Weymouth||Year 8|
|Moroccan Magic!||Enrichment||Morocco||Year 11|
|KS3 Science Day at RAL||Science||Harwell||Year 7|
|Matilda the Musical||Enrichment||London||Year 11|
|Partnership with Germany||MFL||Oxford||Year 9|
|Changsha and Beijing||MFL||China||Year 9 & 10|
|Ghost Trail||Enrichment||Oxford||Year 10 & 11|
|Rambert Dance||Dance||London||Years 9 - 13|
|Blood Brothers||Drama||Milton Keynes||Year 10|
|Complex Numbers||Maths||Oxford||Year 12|
|Paralympics||PE||London||Years 8 - 12|
|Festival of Chemistry||Science||Oxford||Year 8|
|PGL Residential||ICT||Osmington Bay||Year 8|
|French Chateau||MFL||Northern France||Year 7|
|Women in Computer Science||ICT||Oxford||Year 10|
|Munga Debate||Enrichment||Didcot||Year 12|
|The Crowstarver||Drama||Oxford||Years 9-13|
|German Christmas Markets||MFL||Munich||Year 8-11|
|Paris Homestay||MFL||Paris||Years 8, 9 & 10|
|National Science Fair||Science||London||Year 8|
|Rapunzel by Creation Theatre||English||Oxford||Year 7|
|Houses of Parliament||Citizenship||London||Year 11|
|Rhythm Force||Music||Kneller Hall||Mixed|
|GCSE Fieldwork||Geography||Swanage and Studland||Year 9 & 11|
|Summer Concert||Music||Cornerstone, Didcot||Mixed|
|Black Country Museum||History||Dudley||Year 7|
|PGL Residential||ICT||Lancashire||Year 8|
|Madrid||Languages & Art||Spain||Year 8|
|Galleries of Justice||History||Nottingham||Year 9 & 10|
|Beijing||Languages||China||Years 8 & 12|
Sweeney Todd Visit
On the 14th November a group of girls from Years 9-12 attended Oxford Playhouse to see an amazing version of ‘Sweeney Todd’. It was a fabulous production with fantastic singing from the thirty five strong chorus and soloists: Oxford Operatic Society tackled the Sondheim score with professionalism and musical skill.
Sweeney Todd is a tale of a murderous barber and his accomplice, Mrs Lovett the pie maker. Heart broken Mr Todd returns to London having been in exile in Australia. Hoping to rejoin his family Todd is told that his wife has committed suicide and his daughter has been adopted by the judge who caused him so much pain. Feeling desolate, he meets Mrs Lovett, who returns his barber’s razor, takes him in and fuels his desire for revenge. After being blackmailed, Todd kills his blackmailer and Mrs Lovett puts the body in her pies. This leads to him evaluating and killing customers before murdering Judge Turpin and accidentally killing the Bird Lady - who turns out to be his wife.
The journey home on the train was also a highlight of the evening with much singing of various show tunes - which Mr Blyth joined in with as well!
Sophie Curtis and Robyn Darby
Lest We Forget
Remembrance Sunday, the second Sunday in November, is the day assigned every year to remember all those who have given their lives for the peace and freedom we enjoy today. Since the end of World War 1 people right across the Commonwealth take the opportunity to pause and reflect on the sacrifices made by all of our brave Service men and women.
It was very humbling to see so many people from the Didcot Girls' School community paying their respects and giving thanks to those who have made the ultimate sacrifice, in giving their lives, so that we can enjoy ours. Victoria Birch, Elinor Jones, Sarah Paley, Abbie Nosworthy, Amy Hollister, Ciara Westhead, Becci Humphries and Ella Walker accompanied Mr Botwe and Mr Fahey to lay a wreath in remembrance at the local Didcot service. It was a poignant and moving parade and one we value being able to take part in annually, representing the wider school community of Didcot Girls School.
DGS in China!
This October fourteen Didcot Girls’ School Mandarin GCSE and A Level students were able to take part in a trip of a lifetime to China. As Mandarin is increasing in popularity as a GCSE option at Didcot Girls’ School, more and more students are also able to take this chance to experience the culture of the country and interact with Chinese people in their own language.
The girls travelled first to Beijing, the heart and capital of China, in which they were able to experience the rich culture the city possesses. Diving deep into the country’s past, we visited cultural and historical landmarks such as the Forbidden City, where we were able to appreciate the elegant, regal designs of Chinese architecture along with the beautiful Imperial Gardens. The girls’ primary aim during the trip was to practise their Chinese; not a problem however, as opportunities to mix with the local population occurred very frequently due to the numerous amounts of people who stopped to ask for photos! The girls also visited sites such as Jin Shang Park, along with the infamous Tiananmen Square, where they had the privilege of watching the raising of the flag at dawn over the populous square. People congregated in crowds to proudly watch the nation’s flag being raised; however, by the end of the ceremony the flag had very little attention as the girls, yet again became a focus of interest to the Chinese people, thus leading to more pictures being taken! The girls also had the opportunity to appreciate some of the modern architecture that China offers, as they visited the site of the 2008 Olympic Games, the Bird’s Nest and the Water Cube, in which China invested the equivalent of $423million.
The diversity and contrast of old and new in Beijing was made apparent as the girls could take a step right out of their hostel and be welcomed into the modern life of China’s capital city, or take a step left in which they would be plunged into the depths of Chinese history. In moments, they were in the Hu Tong alleyways, which offered traditional shops, houses and food (which the girls didn’t hesitate to try, causing them to consume some odd things, including scorpions!) However, the way in which to experience China’s past and present simultaneously is to visit the Great Wall of China, something the girls were lucky enough to experience. Leaving the hustle of the city, we travelled to a secluded, privately owned area of the Wall which only Dragon Trip groups can visit. This sheltered, untouched area of the wall allowed the girls to appreciate China’s history, culture and its landscape; we visited the Wall at sunset and then at sunrise the following morning, an unforgettable experience.
We also experienced a day in the life of a Chinese student at Beijing’s Number 14 Middle School. This was fascinating due to the contrast in school life between English and Chinese students; the girls were able to sit in a couple of classes and also interact with the other students at break and lunch time. Not only was this an opportunity to see how lessons were different in China, but the girls also were able to practise their Chinese with students their age.
Next, we visited the old, traditional city of Xi’an. Once in Xi’an we took part in many activities such as riding tandem bikes along the City Walls, this begun as a very wobbly experience but after we found our balance we were able to enjoy the beautiful city view. We were also able to visit the historic Terracotta Warriors, it was extremely interesting to see such a well known attraction in the flesh and learn a little about Chinese history. After Xi’an we caught the night train back to Beijing in order to, sadly, fly back home. All of the girls enjoyed the night train, even if it was scary sleeping in the top bunk with two others below you! All in all the trip was ahuge success, the students were able to submerge themselves into a culture almost completely new, converse with native Chinese speakers and have an experience of a life time!
Miss Marsh, Mrs Dong and the DGS Chinese group
Year 10 Ulysses Group: News Engagement Project
Friday 8th November marked the start of an exciting project for 22 members of the year 10 Ulysses Group. After school, Bhaveet Radia and Marinella Capriati from Lady Margaret Hall at the University of Oxford joined us to run a challenging project based around exploring the news and media in modern society. Having been charged with thinking about the very purpose of education, the girls worked creatively in groups to come up with story ideas for ‘The Daily Didcot’ newspaper. They were left with cameras to help them explore their stories in depth before the next session. Over the next three sessions, the girls will be working collaboratively before the project concludes with a presentation at Lady Margaret Hall itself. A challenging and prestigious project, we look forward to seeing what they come up with before Christmas!
Mrs. Ashton, Leader of Pedagogy
Our Next Generation of Leaders?
Citizenship pupils got a taste of power and democracy in action in November. 30 pupils visited the Houses of Parliament to learn more about how our country is run. Pupils had a fascinating tour of the home of our democracy visiting both the House of Commons and Lords, where they got to meet current Lords and MPs. The tour was followed by an interactive workshop on ‘Making Laws’, then, after lunch in the famous, but drafty, Westminster Hall we witnessed the Speakers procession with John Bercow MP (this signals the opening of a parliamentary session for the day). Before leaving we had time for a quick visit to the Public Gallery to sit in on an interesting debate led by Schools Minister David Laws on the controversial proposal for free school meals for all Key Stage 1 pupils. A short walk back to the coach took us past the amiable Lembit Opik who agreed to a quick photo with our group (you may know him for being a high profile ex-MP or for being in ‘I’m a Celebrity!’) and then before we knew it we were heading back to Didcot after a fascinating and unforgettable day.
On 16 October 2013, the Computing and ICT Department took twelve upper and lower sixth form students to the London Science Museum. We went with a focus on the importance of Alan Turing and how his advanced computational thinking has affected the development of today's computers.
This was a hardy group of technologists, who were not fazed by the hustle and bustle of rush hour London and we arrived at the Museum with wide-eyed expectation. The Turing exhibition provided information on the life and times of Alan Turing, including an aircraft bombing mechanical computer and even his autopsy report.
Whilst examining the exhibits, students were able to appreciate the advancement of technology since the 1940s and were amazed at how Turing’s ideas are still relevant today.
After a hearty lunch at KFC (student choice!) and a good look around the M&M store in Piccadilly, we headed back to the Museum to investigate the Computer exhibition where we saw how immense early computers were, allowing us to compare them with today's technology processing power.
We then had time to investigate other areas of interest such as medicine and yet technology still raised its digital head! We came to the conclusion that, like it or not, technology has made a large impact on our lives! So thank you Mr Turing, it is sad that he died so young (aged 41) and did not live to see how special he actually was.
We arrived back at Didcot at 7.30pm and although we were weary, we were a happy band of technologists who did D6 proud! Hopefully we have the next Turing in our midst - who knows?
Year 11, 12 and 13 Art students took advantage of excellent weather to draw and take part in adventure activities in Devon when they visited Yenworthy Lodge. Find out more about their visit by clicking here.
Year 10 GCSE Geography students combined fieldwork with eating ice creams when they visited the south coast in July. Read more by clicking here.
GCSE History students entered into the spirit of this visit with great enthusiasm when we visited the Galleries of Justice to find out more about the ways crime and punishment used to be handled. For more information please click here.
Salters' Festival of Chemistry - June 2013
Four girls represented DGS at the Salters' Festival of Chemistry in Oxford by participating in challenges and experiments related to chemistry. For further information please click here.
Salamanca - May 2013
A group of year 9 and 10 students spent their half term holiday in sunny Salamanca. The girls stayed with host families and spent their days with DGS staff studying Spanish, visiting local places of interest, learning flamenco dancing and having a go at Spanish cookery. To find out more about their visit please click here.
A group of 80 girls from year 8 enjoyed a weekend on the south coast near Weymouth in glorious sunshine. Adventure activities included "The Big Swing" and Zip Wire. The girls also worked on their IT skills including films and editing. To find out more please follow this link.
In February half term 20 girls from year 11 went on a fantastic trip to Morocco where they learnt about the different culture, sampled traditional food, rode camels, shopped in local markets and much more. To fin out more please click here http://www.didcotgirls.oxon.sch.uk/86/news/article/242/magical-morocco
Girls from Year 7 represented the school at this event working in teams and enjoying a day full of activities. For more information please click here.
Year 11 watch "Matilda the Musical" December 2012
The Royal Shakespeare Company’s world premiere production of Roald Dahl’s Matilda The Musical captured the imagination of our Year 10 and 11 students yesterday evening during a packed performance at London’s Cambridge Theatre in Covent Garden. For more information please follow this link to our news page:
International Links with Germany December 2012
Ten girls from year 9 hosted our German visitors around Oxford on a tour of the Caslte and Harry Potter tour of the city. For more information please follow the link below to our news page: http://www.didcotgirls.oxon.sch.uk/86/news/article/220/international-links-strengthened
Changsha and Beijing October & November 2012
At the end of October Miss Marsh and 10 students from Yr 9 and 10 spent two weeks in China. They visited Changsha and Beijing whilst experiencing a variety of linguistic and cultural activities. It was an immensely rewarding adventure for all.
Betsy Brind 9SPP writes.......On Monday 22nd October we left for a trip of a lifetime…China! We were very excited and not the least bit tired even though we woke up at 2:15am. After a long journey to Changsha our first reaction was “ Wow! This is a very different scenery to the UK!” But while we were there it just got better and better. By the end of the trip we did not want to go home. We think the best bit of the trip was being able to get a feel for how other people live. I would most definitely recommend this trip.
Ghost Trail in Oxford October 2012
Intrepid year 10s and 11s went on a ghost trail in Oxford to learn about the city's history...... for more information please follow this link to our news page: http://www.didcotgirls.oxon.sch.uk/86/news/article/208/ghost-trail-terrifies-our-teens
Rambert Dance in London October 2012
On Thursday 18th October, Dance students from Years 9-13 visited London to see Rambert, the national company for contemporary dance, renowned as being one of the most distinctive and the most creative companies working in Britain today.
Founded by Marie Rambert in 1926, the Company has sustained her pioneering commitment to choreography and developing dancers as artists, leading the way for over 85 years. The vision of this energetic Polish woman ensured that dance as an artform took root and blossomed in this country, and Rambert’s influence now extends across the world.
Bold, risk-taking, agile and beautiful, the dancers combined rigorous technique and artistry with an extraordinary ability to challenge and entertain – a real inspiration to our dancers, who picked up lots of tips for their own techniques and choreography. The Company is also renowned for its use of live music and it is the only UK-based contemporary dance company always to tour with an orchestra.
Blood Brothers in Milton Keynes October 2012
Year 10 GCSE Drama students went to Milton Keyens for a brilliant production of one of their set texts "Blood Brothers". To read more please follow the link below: http://www.didcotgirls.oxon.sch.uk/86/news/article/202/blood-brothers-musical-visit
Complex Numbers Maths Visit September 2012
On Friday 21st September nine Yr 12 Further Maths students visited Oxford Spires Academy to take part in an afternoon of Complex Numbers. During the afternoon, students were taught about the imaginary number i (or j if you are an engineer) where it arises and how to use it. We were all able to take part in challenges using the new skills we had acquired. Our students are now able to solve any kind of quadratic equation, particularly equations that were previously unsolvable, plot imaginary numbers on Argand diagrams and find the argument of z. We had a lovely, if rather mind blowing, afternoon and some very nice doughnuts!
Paralympics September 2012
In September four groups from DGS visited the Paralympics in London - a once in a lifetime opportunity for many - read Jessica Cooke's account of her visit at: http://www.didcotgirls.oxon.sch.uk/86/news/article/195/dgs-visits-the-paralympics
Festival of Chemistry June 2012
Year 8 ICT residential to PGL Centre at Osmington Bay June 2012
On Friday 1st June, 52 Year 8 pupils started their half term holiday by setting off on their annual residential visit to Osmington Bay, near Weymouth, to learn how technology and physical education can go hand in hand! Find out more at: http://www.didcotgirls.oxon.sch.uk/86/news/article/169/year-8-ictpe-residential-osmington-bay
French Chateau April 2012
On Friday 26th April 2012 81 year 7s travelled to France, destination the small French town of Rue to stay in a beutiful converted French Chateau. The sun shone on the white cliffs of Dover as we left England and on the Normandy beaches as we arrived in France. The weekend's programme included making croissant and pain au chocolat, visiting a snail farm where we learnt all about looking after these delightful creatures. Many girls were brave and let a snail nestle in their hand. before tasting delicacies such as snail jam and snail pâté. We then visited a goat farm and learnt all about making goat's cheese and had the chance to try some.One morning was spent in the Battlefields on the Somme brigning to life the hash reality of WW1, followed by a visit to a cave system used from Medieval times. Evening activities included treasure hunts and team games. A wonderful time was had by all!
Women in Computer Science March 2012
Tracking badgers, making autonomous helicopters, the philosophy of robots, improving language translation and hiding secret informatio in pictures were some of the fascinating topics covered at the Women in Computer Science Day on Wednesday 21st March. Read more at: http://www.didcotgirls.oxon.sch.uk/86/news/article/145/women-in-computer-science
Didcot Sixth Form students experience "MUNGA"! March 2012
The Crowstarver February 2012
Tuesday 28th February 2012 saw Miss Robertson, Miss Davis and Miss Woods take pupils from years 9-13 to visit the Oxford Playhouse to watch the gripping and moving story, The Crowstarver, set in a close-knit rural community in the early days of the Second World War. Read more at: http://www.didcotgirls.oxon.sch.uk/86/news/article/134/the-crowstarver-conjures-up-compassion-for-students
German Christmas Markets December 2011
Twenty nine Didcot girls from Years 8-11 had a busy four days making new friends with pupils from our Partner School Feodor-Lynen-Gymnasium in Planegg. Frau Gabi Munz, Head of English at FLG, and all the pupils and teachers made us feel very welcome at the school.
For more information please follow this link to our News Page: http://www.didcotgirls.oxon.sch.uk/86/news/article/112/munich-christmas-market-trip-1st-to-4th-december-2011
Paris Homestay 6th-11th March 2011
GCSE Geography Field Trip to Studland Bay and Swanage - September 2010
Black Country Museum – Year 7 - July 2010
ICT Residential @ PGL – June 2010
- to inspire students and build their independence in the use of ICT
- to give students the chance to link practical activities back to ICT work in the classroom
- to prepare students for OCR Nationals course in year 9
- to enable pupils to build good working relationships and develop friendships
Madrid - June 2010
Year 9 History to the Galleries of Justice - March 2010