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On the 16th of March the whole of Year 6 went on a school trip to Glaxo Smith Kline (GSK). We ventured out of our classrooms and headed for our coaches. Previously we had been split up into two groups, in each class and we were in these groups for the whole trip.

After a short drive, we were at our destination in Ware. We got of the coach and headed into the security room where we got our passes and had our picture taken. Security is taken very seriously!

Once we had finished, the lovely ladies and gentlemen from GSK, took us into the main building where we would spend our day.  Half of the group went into the laboratories whilst the other half had a talk about some of the current work GSK are doing helping people in developing countries, with medicine that stops infection of the umbilical cord of little babies.

The groups in the laboratories had to get dressed in white lab coats to protect them from any chemicals.  They also had to wear lab goggles and gloves. They then looked at some heart cells beating, talked about some heart conditions and saw how GSK makes inhalers and nasal sprays.  The groups in the lab also conducted some experiments such as testing urine samples of athletes to check if they had taken any illegal drugs which would enhance their skills.  We found two cheats!

All in all it was an excellent trip. Very informative and good fun.


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