Pre-Prep 2 enjoyed a fantastic day at Ripley Castle. The children learned lots about both Medieval times in the castle, and about living there during the 18th and 19th Centuries. The teachers learned lots too, for example, did you know that a drawing room has it’s name because it is the room into which the ladies would ‘withdraw’ from the men after dinner? Also, boys of wealthy families wore dresses until they were 6 years old so that they would be mistaken for girls and thus not be kidnapped. That’s one theory anyhow!
After touring the castle, feeling the enormous weight of a cannon ball and a medieval sword, and imagining to our horror, what it would have been like to have been squeezed into the tiny priest hole, PP2 hunted for natural treasures in the woods to create prize journey sticks. Thank you to our wonderful guides at Ripley, and to Mrs Samuel and Mrs Higgs who came along with us to ensure a happy time for all.