Last month, Mr Brennan, Mrs Doran, Sister Margaret and a group of year 7 students went on a trip to the city centre to visit the Merseytavel Educational Hub. The students had a variety of activities throughout the day and learnt about how to independently use various types of transport.
It can be a very nervy time for students, transiting from primary to secondary, and so much more is expected from students. That is why Notre Dame is proud to work in partnership with Merseytravel, in the education of our young students to safely and independently use public transport and understand the level of behaviour that is expected from them while mixing with the general public.
In the morning the students visited the main security centre in Queen’s Square. The students were met by Billy Bradshaw, who took them to the train station were they learned about keeping safe by the tracks and then the students took a trip on the train from Liverpool to Birkenhead.
At Birkenhead the students learned about the Three Graces and Liverpool’s historical and distinctive waterfront. The students then took the ferry back to Liverpool on the top deck, which the students thoroughly enjoyed. The final stop was the tunnel tour. Here students learned the vast history linked to the tunnels and they all went underground to investigate the different parts of the tunnels. They saw the control room in operation. After this, the students went beneath the city and walked under the tunnel road surface, visited a new Emergency Escape Refuge and they saw the giant ventilation fans working.
Overall, the trip provided the students with the chance to practice being safe on public transport and it also enabled them to undertake independent use of various types of public transport.