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Keeping the spirit lifted and ourselves busy

Keeping the spirits lifted and ourselves busy

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Keeping the spirits lifted and ourselves busy is very important for me and the other borders who remained at school. The past weeks almost months have been tough and far from normal. Let me share with you some of the ways in which we are keeping the spirits lifted and ourselves busy. White Robin Hoods Bay A common way to pass time and keep fit at the same time was spending the evening in the […]

We want to see your talent

We want to see your talent

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We want to see your talent! Your talent might be juggling, singing, acting, comedy sketch, poetry recital, animal training etc . . . Your act just needs to be entertaining! In return, you could win a prize! Launched by Fyling Hall’s Music and Drama Departments, Ms Johnson, Head of Drama, commented, “I am super excited to release the details of the ‘Fyling Hall’s Got Talent’ competition! Already we have a number of entries and I think it […]

valuable life skills

Valuable life skills

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Gaining valuable life skills is a key benefit of work placements. Just over a year ago Fyling Hall’s now Head Girl, Phoebe, commenced her work placement at Pinkney Grunwells Lawyers LLP. Written shortly after her placement, Phoebe kindly shares her experience and makes the case for gaining valuable life skills, which also provided her with great content on her recent UCAS application. My work experience was guided by the solicitor, Amy Arnold, who is also […]

Inspired by Amanda Gorman's wonderful poem

Inspired by Amanda Gorman’s wonderful poem

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Inspired by Amanda Gorman’s wonderful poem and recital at President Biden’s inauguration, Year 10 Second Language students spent part of last term studying the poem. Students from China, Hong Kong, Russia and Germany couldn’t end the term without trying out their own performance. With some students joining lessons abroad they had a lovely afternoon filming their sections and sending them in. We hope you enjoy Fyling Hall’s rendition of “The Hill We Climb”, inspired by […]

Never has Geography been more applicable than now

Never has Geography been more applicable than now

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It is interesting to note that never has Geography been more applicable than now, right this minute. As a species, we are constantly striving to make sense of this world we call home. The use of fossil fuels and whether we should have stopped using them last century. The development of clean, public transport and how to make it sustainable. Food miles, energy use, access to drinking water and sanitation, global trade agreements, our personal […]

Drama is a subject unlike anything else

Drama is a subject unlike anything else

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Year 12 Drama student, Ulyana, tells us about her drama experiences and shares why drama is a subject unlike anything else she has studied before ….. Studying in England is something that I have never expected to happen with me. However, in August 2020 first time in my life I crossed British border. After spending in Fyling Hall School some time I’m happy to share my experience with you. At the time when Dr. Richardson […]

Away from their screens

Away from their screens

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We’ve been hearing about what the pupils have been doing away fromtheir screens, but wonder what our teachers have been doing to escapethe ubiquitous Zoom lessons… Mr Cross is a huge Bach fan, and decided to re-arrange Bach’s Andante inF major for the organ. Not only did he transcribe the piece – it wasoriginally composed for violin –  but he also decided to learn to playit himself and then record it! Miss Stewart has been […]

What is good mental health?

What is good mental health?

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What is good mental health? Well, it is not one thing alone. Rather, it is a number of things that give us good mental health. It is our ability to learn; it is about how we express ourselves, using a range of emotions to do so. It is about how we cope with change and the uncertainties that can bring, and it is also about our relationships with others, ensuring that these are positive rather […]

Not strange to see boarders on their own bikes

Not strange to see boarders on their own bikes

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Since the inception of “PE with a Difference”, it is not strange to see boarders on their own bikes. Nearly 3 years ago now, we as a games department had the idea to ride across England in an effort to raise money and kickstart a mountain bike program at Fyling Hall. This means that it was almost two and a half years ago that we successfully bought a fleet of 10 mountain bikes, and our […]

music in a virtual world

Music in a virtual world

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How does one teach music in a virtual world? Miss Johnson, Fyling Hall’s Head of Music, takes us on a quick journey through some of our music lessons during the UK’s third lockdown. Year 4, 5 and 6 having been creating their own instruments. Pupils had a choice of three . . . from glass xylophone, straw pipes and rain maker and only one lesson to make it.  Take a look! Year 7 looked at […]

This simple circuit

This simple circuit

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This simple circuit has a rgb LED capable of lighting up red, green and blue. Each of those colours is controlled by those controls (variable restores called potentiometers) at the bottom. So by turning on just one we can have red, green or blue light. By turning on blue and green we can have the secondary colour of cyan. By turning on blue and red we get magenta and with just green and red we […]

In maths this half term

In maths this half term . . .

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In maths this half term, Fyling Hall’s Year 6 have been sharpening their mental maths skills with daily sessions, and learning about negative numbers, fractions and decimals, the order in which we carry out number operations (BIDMAS), different methods for multiplication and coordinates and translations. #mc_embed_signup{background:#fff; clear:left; font:14px Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif; width:100%;} /* Add your own Mailchimp form style overrides in your site stylesheet or in this style block. We recommend moving this block and the preceding […]

a good time to make a real effort

A good time to make a real effort

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Revd Steve Foster of Fyling Hall’s local parish church, St Stephen’s, Fylingdales, kindly shares his thoughts on Lent, which might be a good time to make a real effort. The season of Lent begins this week on Wednesday, which we call “Ash Wednesday”. The day before is a day most of us know and love – Shrove Tuesday – Pancake Day – not part of Lent but it gets us ready for the Lenten season. […]

This year everything is different

Everything is different this year

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Everything is different this year. Everyone is going through a hard time and are still trying to get used to the lockdown resulting of COVID-19. It has been a long time since the last time I went home and many of us really want to go home as well, especially on “Chinese New Year”. This is one of the most important festive occasions in Hong Kong and China. People normally celebrate it with a nice […]

Exploring the traditions of the Lunar New Year

Exploring the traditions of the Lunar New Year

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At this special time of year it is always exciting to spend time celebrating with our Chinese and Korean students, exploring the traditions of the Lunar New Year and observing some of them ourselves. The multi-cultural blend of our classrooms is always a joy, but at a time of celebration it is even more exciting to share together.  In previous years we have given assemblies on Korean traditions, performed a play explaining the story of […]

How do you teach a practical subject online?

How do you teach a practical subject online?

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How do you teach a practical subject online? I’m not sure, but I can tell you what we’ve been doing anyway. As some of you know, before I entered teaching I gave lectures, talks and training on creative thinking to businesses, especially scientific and technical or engineering companies. One of the highlights was flying out to Evian near Lake Geneva to keynote for pharmaceutical company Bayer for their global science research teams. So having to […]

This year's A Focus on Sixth Form

This year’s A Focus on Sixth Form

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This year’s A Focus on Sixth Form was the third of its kind. Presented by our Headmaster, Mr Allen, our Deputy Head, Academics, Dr Richardson and our Head of Sixth Form, Ms Mitchell, the event was held virtually due to the current lockdown. Multiple sessions allowed for a more engaging and interactive session. As in previous years, parents and students were guided through all aspects of Sixth Form including subjects & timetabling, results, university application, […]

taking part in the Intermediate Mathematical Challenge

Taking part in the Intermediate Mathematical Challenge

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It has been a busy week in maths with nearly 30 students from Years 9, 10 and 11 taking part in the Intermediate Mathematical Challenge. This challenge is a 60-minute, multiple-choice competition aimed at students across the UK. It encourages mathematical reasoning, precision of thought, and fluency in using basic mathematical techniques to solve interesting problems.  The problems on the Intermediate Mathematical Challenge are designed to make students think. Most are accessible, yet still challenge those with more experience. There was some serious practise undertaken before […]

Very excited about their school trip

Very excited about their school trip

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Fyling Hall’s Form 2 were very excited about their school trip. Last week, Miss Vincent-Jones surprised the children with a virtual tour of Buckingham Palace! Keeping children engaged is very important during online learning and the children certainly enjoyed the treat. The class, who were split into small groups of 4, thoroughly enjoyed looking at several different Palace rooms. ‘My favourite bit was seeing the corridor, I would do flips and gymnastics down it all […]

Learning languages at home is a challenge

Learning languages at home is a challenge

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Learning languages at home is a challenge for all. It strains the listening skills to breaking point, and it is all too easy to ask ‘Mr Google’ to help with the translation work! This term the Junior School pupils have had much more screen time than previously, and I really wanted to introduce something a bit different. Having decided that it would be an ideal opportunity to look a little more at the culture of […]

how remarkable young people are

How remarkable young people are

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Being a Headmaster constantly reinforces how remarkable young people are. I am looking out of the window at the falling snow, reminiscing about how excited the pupils always get at the thought of a snow day! ‘Are you cancelling school, sir?’ is the question I face every five metres I walk, not only from the pupils but the staff as well! It is a reflection of the strange times we live in that under the […]

Friday is Dress to Express Day

Friday is Dress to Express Day

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Friday is Dress to Express Day at Fyling Hall. As you may know, 1-7 February is Children’s Mental Health Week.  Supported by Place2Be “the theme of this year’s Children’s Mental Health Week is Express Yourself. Expressing yourself is about finding ways to share feelings, thoughts, or ideas, through creativity. This could be through art, music, writing and poetry, dance and drama, photography and film, and doing activities that make you feel good.” Pupils and staff are […]

If you are a year 11 student or parent

Another step in preparing for university life

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With this year’s UCAS submission date now passed, Fyling Hall’s Year 13s have taken another step in preparing for university life. With ten successfully completed applications, students have applied for a great variety of courses form Business in Brighton to Astrophysics in St Andrews to Interior Design Northumbria and Material Science in Swansea. Already several students have received offers from all over the country for courses starting in September. The Year 13 are now using […]

One of my favourite parts of the day

One of my favourite parts of the day

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One of my favourite parts of the day is story time. My class and I always look forward to it. We often talk about the books and characters and settings and we enjoy spending this time together. I was reminded of this when I was posting for our Junior School Instagram page. A memory popped up of me reading to my class. It made me sad. Teaching Key Stage One children is a joy; they […]

professional looking CVs and more

Professional looking CVs and more

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Fyling Hall Business students are creating professional looking CVs and more. One part of the GCSE Business curriculum is to look at human resources, how businesses recruit workers, train them and keep them motivated. To try and make this a bit more real, our Y11 students have been writing their CVs after first researching some examples, discussing the pros and cons of each one and choosing a suitable format. They have also created a letter […]

Saving Private Ryan

Saving Private Ryan

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Saving Private Ryan (1998), starring Tom Hanks and Jeremy Davies, represents an impeccable display of 90’s practical effects and cinematography. This was the latest film review by our recently reassembled Film Club. What the experts say… Uncompromising, powerful war movie that does not pull any punches. Perfectly balances the inhumanity of war and the humanity of its protagonists. Devastating and essential viewing. Empire What our students say… “Saving Private Ryan” is a cinematic master piece […]

Online learning has made me more independent

Online learning has made me more independent

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Olivia, one of Fyling Hall’s year 12 students taking Biology as one of her A-levels, shares how “online learning has made me more independent.” This latest lockdown has been very different to the first one, as I was only sampling subjects for my A-Levels and there was not much pressure. However, this lockdown I have been required to do all of my work remotely, but thankfully daily online lessons have allowed me to keep up […]

School life in lockdown from Skye’s perspective

School life in lockdown from Skye’s perspective

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Let us share school life in lockdown from Skye’s perspective. Skye is one of Fyling Hall’s Year 6 pupil’s and happens to be one of key worker’s children. As we are in lockdown, Fyling Hall is only open to key worker children. We are in a bubble with the other key worker children and go to school at the normal times. Year 6 work in the ICT room for most of the school week, as […]

Look after your mental health with music

Look after your mental health with music

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Whilst we are all working and learning from home again, be sure to look after your mental health with music. Finding ourselves in yet another lockdown, mental health must be at the top of the priority list. Music is key to keeping ourselves mentally healthy and making us smile during this lockdown. Whether that is learning a new instrument, writing a song to express your emotions, or listening to some classic tunes to keep you […]

Year 6 Lockdown English lessons

Year 6’s Lockdown English lessons

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Want to know what Year 6‘s Lockdown English lessons look like at Fyling Hall? Let Mrs Richardson tell you what they have been up to so far …. In Year 6’s Lockdown English lessons, we have been looking at myths and legends. Of course, we still carry on with our comprehension, grammar, and spelling work. Through shared reading on the Teams platform, we have read about heroic quests and mythical beasts in Greek myths such […]

Fyling of the Stackyard strikes again!

Fyling of the Stackyard strikes again!

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Fyling of the Stackyard strikes again! It is the year 1888 and a vicious killer stalks the streets of London seeking his prey! Fyling Hall’s own intrepid Year 9 sleuths are working hard to assist Inspector Fyling of the Stackyard to crack the clues and get on the trail of this dangerous assassin! History work is like detective work – it involves examining clues and analysing evidence. You have to organise your information, get the […]

Sport has always been a large part of school life

Sport has always been a large part of school life

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Sport has always been a large part of school life over the years.  Going back to the 50’s and 60’s my father was a pupil at Fyling Hall and could always recall some of the lessons he endured rather than enjoyed!  It therefore, seemed strange at first that he was so intent that I should go to the school from the age of 5 right through to 18.  My dad was never really one for […]

Great work on Captain James Cook

Great work on Captain James Cook

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Students in the Junior School have done some great work on Captain James Cook. They have explored his voyage and produced some wonderful narrative poems. When asked about virtual learning, Form 2 pupil, Megan, commented, It has been really fun, but I miss seeing my friends in person. the best bit has been still being able to see my friends even though I’m not with them. One parent commented, I am blown away with how […]

carry on delivering and receiving great education!

Carry on delivering and receiving great education!

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Well, what a term! Certainly not the start to 2021 that any of us wished for but by Jove we’re not letting the grass grow under our feet as we have taken, every man, woman and child to our living rooms, our studies our dining rooms and our kitchen tables across North Yorkshire and beyond to establish impromptu workstations and study areas that allow us to carry on delivering and receiving great education! Meeting, as […]

mental health and wellbeing

Never been more important to support our pupil’s mental health and well being

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It has never been more important to support our pupil’s mental health and well being. The coronavirus pandemic has brought many new and unexpected challenges not only to adults, but also to children’s mental health and wellbeing. First of all, if you are struggling to cope with work or are feeling down because of the current situation, let someone know. Talk to your parents or another family member. Speak to a teacher. Ms English is […]

One of our very talented Photography students

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We are delighted to share a photoshoot opportunity for one of our very talented Y12 Photography students. Best that Steph tells you how it happened . . . I was looking for opportunities which are related with fashion photography.  I went on Facebook and joined a few groups, and left my Instagram and email address down in a few post which are in England and looking for student photographers. And then ‘Mulmi’ (a lingerie company) […]

Chemistry lessons have looked a little different

Chemistry lessons have looked a little different

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Chemistry lessons have looked a little different this week.  With lessons going on-line, a web cam, plasticine and white boards have come to the fore.  Simple chemical experiments have kept the link between home and the lab and Year 10 have continued with their work on displacement reactions.  A short demonstration, interactive face to face discussion through Teams and the ability to share work has meant that learning has continued almost seamlessly, from the classroom […]

A spotlight on German lessons

A spotlight on German lessons

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Today (two weeks into the new year, and into online learning) I would like to put a spotlight on German lessons. Allow me to give you a look into our German classroom and the wide variety of topics Years 7 to 13 are covering at the moment. Year 7 have just learnt vocabulary for a variety of animals, and now they are working towards describing their own pets, or what pet they would like to […]

I can see the difference between UK and Russia

I can see the difference between UK and Russia

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“I can see the difference between UK and Russia,” declared Nikita, who recently joined Fyling Hall in Year 11. Building on our a long tradition of providing a quality education while becoming a second home for international students, read more about Nikita’s initial impressions. Before coming to Fyling Hall, I have been studying in 2 different schools, one of them is Russian and another is Thai. My Russian school was like any other, students often miss lessons and teachers […]

Super proud of you all

Super proud of you all

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Although the first week has been different, we are super proud of you all. I know you have all been working hard on Teams, and although you’re not here, we’re still connected as a family 💕. Last week was a bit of a blow to all children in the UK not being able to start the New Year as planned at school. I want you all to know, we miss you and can’t wait for […]

Extremely excited about their new topic

Extremely excited about their new topic

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Fyling Hall’s Form 1 are extremely excited about their new topic….Dinosaurs! We have so much to learn about the different dinosaurs and when they were on the Earth. Mary Anning, fossils including ammonites, dinosaur names, herbivores, carnivores, omnivores and predators are just some of the things we will be studying this half term. We can’t wait . . . no wonder Form 1 are extremely excited about their new topic! Mrs Amanda Freer, Junior School […]

live and active drama lessons in lockdown 3

Live and active drama lessons in lockdown 3

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We asked Mrs Jeeves, Fyling Hall’s Head of Drama, how she approaches live and active drama lessons in lockdown 3 . . . When we went into lockdown in March I thought to myself, ‘Great a chance to explore all those areas of Drama I never get a chance to cover’. Cue students building Greek amphitheatres from junk, baking and decorating cakes for Shakespeare’s birthday and making their own video representations of the classics.  This […]

back by popular demand

Back by popular demand

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Back by popular demand . . . Fyling Hall’s Film Club returns! It is movie time! An overwhelming majority of you voted to reinstate Film Club. Run via Fyling Hall’s Art Studio, the club’s reviews of have proven popular with members and non members alike. Indeed, their Best Christmas Movies review of 2019 was one of our most popular blogs of Christmas 202! Great to have you back by popular demand, and we cannot wait […]

Reporting from an empty classroom

Reporting from an empty classroom

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It’s Mrs Milner here, reporting from an empty classroom, somewhere in the woods, somewhere by the sea at Fyling Hall. Firstly, happy new year to you all! I hope you have all enjoyed the Christmas break and are now returning to your fitness apps to work off those Lidl’s finest mince pies and that extra helping of turkey curry you somehow found a space for. It’s goodbye to recipes to use up leftover Christmas turkey, […]

It Art, it's personal

In Art, it’s personal

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In Art, it’s personal. As part of the A-level Art, Photography or Textiles courses available at Fyling Hall School each student is expected to complete a Personal Study project and essay for their coursework. Our Year 13 students are well and truly into their project and are facing their crucial essay writing during our online lessons. The Year 12 students have chosen their project topics and are getting to grips with what this means to […]

Fundraising and painting in lockdown - a special gift for Larpool staff

Fundraising and painting in lockdown

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As we enter another lockdown, Year 9 pupil, Katie, tells us about her fundraising and painting in lockdown. Based upon her experience from the first lockdown, Katie tells her story in her own words . . . Background inspiration In March 2020 the country went into Covid 19 lockdown. It was a new and scary time for us all. The Coronavirus pandemic began to take a heavy toll, particularly on the old and the vulnerable. […]

High quality education through virtual learning

High quality education through virtual learning

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With UK schools closed once again, Fyling Hall School will continue to offer a high quality education through virtual learning. Building on the infrastructure we put in place when the UK Government closed schools in March 2020, we are reviewing our initial guidance and will provide an update asap. In the meantime and for w/c 4th January 2021, we will teach to the pupils’ timetable that is in the front if their school planner.  Mr Allen, […]

Happy New Year

Happy New Year!

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Happy New Year from all at Fyling Hall! We take this opportunity to take a quick look back at our last term. Once again, a big thank you to everyone from the Fyling Hall community for all of their support during the past unusual and testing term. Our priority from the start was to ensure our return to school and make life as safe and normal as possible. We are proud of how everyone adjusted […]

a short collection of readings and poetry recitals

A short collection of readings and poetry recitals

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As we continue our Christmas celebrations, Fyling Hall students have prepared a short collection of readings and poetry recitals; from the loquaciously descriptive Christmas of Dickens’ ‘A Christmas Carol’ to my favourite Christmas story: the truly wonderful and nostalgic Welsh village of Dylan Thomas’ ‘A Child’s Christmas in Wales’ our students take us on a journey through Christmas through the centuries and across Europe that also take in the likes of Wordsworth and Rilke. As […]

A little quiz to test those little grey cells!

A little quiz to test those little grey cells!

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How about a little quiz to test those little grey cells! Courtesy of Miss Gilmour, have a go at this Geography quiz. Good luck! 1. What is the capital of Chile? 2. In which city would you find La Sagrada Familia? 3. Which river rises in the Himalayas in India and drains into the Bay of Bengal? 4. In which country is the worlds highest waterfall? 5. Machu Picchu can be found in which country? […]