A group of TIS Puchong's Secondary School students had the opportunity to visit the UK for a Creative Study Tour during the April term break. This is a diary of their learning experiences during the trip.
Day 1
Our group departed Kuala Lumpur and arrived safely in London at 9am on the 4th April 2019. 

We started off our journey with a train trip into London where we had our first meal at an old converted Firehouse. The students and staff were able to warm up a bit after the initial shock to the 5 degree weather! 

Soon after we were whisked away towards the London Eye and managed to squeeze our entire tour group into one of the pods and the students were able to see all of London on a surprisingly clear day! This didn’t last too long when a bit of the famous London weather managed to keep us awake and alert while boarding the Thames River cruise. 

The river cruise was very interesting and a first for everyone including the staff! We were able to learn a little bit about the history of the Thames and also some of the buildings which line it’s shores. Sitting on top of the ferry, we were freezing, but now well acquainted with the various areas on the Thames river bank. After the cruise some students did some shopping at the gift shop before we made our way to our supper restaurant on the edge of the river Thames where we all tucked into some Fish and Chips and some chicken too!

Looking tired since not having had too much sleep on the plane, we headed to our accommodation and managed to unpack, claim bedrooms and rest before everyone tucked in (early!) for the night. Tomorrow’s excursion sees us immersed in the world of Shakespeare as we travel to Stratford Upon Avon and then complete some workshops and watch a Royal Shakespeare Company performance of The Taming of the Shrew.

Day 2
To say our second day was jam-packed is an understatement of note! We left early in the morning to travel to Stratford Upon Avon to take part in everything Shakespeare! 

We arrived at the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust and were able to attend a workshop on ‘The Taming of the Shrew’ which provided much needed background to the students and staff. We were even able to see Joseph Neng and Kee Chen Han acting out a scene for us! This was very funny, but very brave of them to volunteer to do! 

After the workshop, we managed to tour Shakespeare’s family home and also see where he was born. It was great to see how life was so different and the students were amazed at how small the beds and rooms were. Lucky students they are! When we exited the house we were treated to an outdoor stage performance who graciously performed another scene from “The Taming of the Shrew” for us again.

Lunch was at a cosy little tearoom (which had the most divine cakes) and thereafter we spent some time in the souvenir and olde sweet store in the High Street. 

Meeting at the canals, we divided the students into mixed groups and began a scavenger hunt all over the town. Two hours later after tracing the steps of Shakespeare and others related to him, we met outside the Royal Shakespeare Company theatre and headed to The Dirty Duck for dinner. 

At 7:15pm the curtain rose on the Royal Shakespeare performance of “The Taming of the Shrew”. The acting was really good and the drama students commented on the great vocal projection. The costumes were intricate and beautifully designed. The unique performance featured  gender role reversal which made things very interesting. The show ended to a loud applause and the students were engaged in discussion long after we had left Stratford for our accommodation. Arriving home very late, we look forward to the next day when we visit Warwick Castle and Oxford.
 
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