We grow 'em tough in the South West - the children and staff enjoyed wind, rain, snow and gorgeous sunshine on the Quantocks as part of our "Journeys' themed Learning Outside the Classroom (LOtC) sessions today!
Our staff and volunteers were up on the hill at 7:45 this morning, setting up as the snow gently fell, and were soon joined by over one hundred well bundled children. They spent the day rotating through a series of activities as varied as clay creature modelling, treasure mapping, science fieldwork, search & rescue missions, a minibeast safari and even going on a bear hunt! In their free time the children had the run of the woodlands to play in and explore.
We expect great behaviour and caring and enthusiastic teamwork from our pupils and as ever they lived upto and beyond expectations, which made for a brilliant day for us all. Days such as this rely on a huge team effort, from the ordering of the coaches, to the running of the activities, to the cleaning of the portaloos! Tremendous thanks must go to our staff and governors for putting such effort and passion into their activities; to Ian Lee, for running another brilliant Exmorr Search & Rescue session; to the PTA for our awesome new FLUSHING (yes, FLUSHING!!!) toilets; to Matilda, Jasmine, Evelyn and Taliah's dads and Terry, for getting up at the break of dawn to help set up; and to the Quantocks, for being!
Let's hope that days like these help our children foster a love for the outdoors and for the wonderful natural treasures to be found on our doorsteps.
One of our school governors, who came in to support us today, gave this feedback:"The chief inspector of Ofsted Amanda Speilman said recently, "...Childhood isn’t deferrable; young people get one opportunity to learn in school; and we owe it to them make sure they all get an education that is broad, rich and deep.”Well I think what I saw up on the Quantocks today was just that. I was privileged to see best practice in action today. Older children learning to help younger ones, becoming leaders. Modelling excellent behaviour. Art, Maths, story telling, Geography, life skills... so much going on. Playing and eating too. Such a delight to see the outstanding education our children are receiving from all the school staff."