Senior School students at Burgess Hill School for Girls celebrated their annual Book Week with a gruesome murder mystery theme at the beginning of March.
Miss Marshall, English teacher, and Ms Akehurst, Learning Resource Centre (LRC) Manager, decided to involve the Year 7 students in one of the activities by asking them to write their own murder mystery which four Forensics specialists from University College London (UCL) used as a springboard for the murder scene they recreated in the LRC. A competition was held during the autumn term to identify the theme; Isobel Critchley, who suggested a murder mystery theme, along with three other budding writers; Annabel Hogbin, Francesca Grey and Sophie Eaton produced a wonderful crime scenario for the rest of the girls to attempt to ‘crack’.
Annabel and Francesca, Year 7, said, “At first we felt loads of pressure to do a great job but a great sense of achievement when we heard the scientists thought our story was good enough to use for the activity.”
It was a highlight for the Year 7 and 8 pupils who took part in the activity. The scientists put them through their forensics paces, teaching them the tricks of the trade to help them ‘solve’ the murder scene which had been set up for them to investigate. Students were also treated to a visit from Lyn Neville, one of Brighton’s esteemed Blue Badge tour guides. She spoke about some of the most colourful episodes in the history of life in Brighton including some notorious crimes committed in and around the city.
Report and pictures contributed by Burgess Hill School for Girls