Gone to the beach for half term fun
Families turned out in force to enjoy our coastal themed fun day on a stretch of Hampshire shoreline overlooking the Solent.
A large gathering of parents, grandparents and children descended on Hill Head Beach near Fareham on Friday, 27th October for a free community event.
Children made creatures and wind chimes using driftwood, shells and rocks scavenged from the beach. They learnt to tie boating knots and made sand sculptures. There was a sand castle challenge and a seaweed investigation too.
Teacher Mrs Walton led walks about coastal pollution and encouraged children to consider how this growing problem can be tackled inspired by such initiatives as Surfers Against Sewage and Paddlers Against Plastic.
There was also a led beach walk by Mrs Carter to identify and explore coastal features just as the pupils do in geography lessons in a normal week.
Those who built up an appetite headed into The Rotary Club of Fareham’s beachside base, The Wheelhouse, for hot and cold drinks, biscuits and seasonal vegetable soup with fresh crusty bread, made and served by the school catering team.
Headmistress Mrs Sarah Ebery said: “It’s so gratifying to see families connecting with their local environment so enthusiastically.
“We were especially thrilled to see children taking part in a range of physical challenges with such joy, making the most of the weather and forging new friendships with children from Meoncross and a range of other schools.
“Time in the outdoors in this way has such an impact on all our wellbeing and we genuinely never stopped smiling,” added Mrs Ebery.
We incorporate the coastal environment on our doorstep into the curriculum and our programme of extracurricular opportunities too. The teaching team view the coastal resource as a great way of engaging pupils and infusing learning with a spirit of adventure.
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Published on: 2nd November 2017