Cream teas and croquet for penpals

What a wonderful culmination to a fabulous project when year 6 met up with their penfriends once again on Friday afternoon, before moving on to secondary schools. Penfriends had been invited to enjoy a cream tea, to watch some maypole dancing and to play games, organised by the children, including croquet, cricket, boules and tri-golf.

During the afternoon, they were able to catch up with all the news since their last meeting – which, of course, included their recent adventure aboard the tall ships. Pupils were able to regale their visitors with tales of sailing on the high seas. In addition, some have already undertaken their RYA sailing qualification so chatted about capsizing and learning to man a boat single-handedly on the river.

The visitors enjoyed looking at the framed portraits that they had done together with Tim Starkey on a previous meeting, admiring the accuracy in likeness, with one or two of them taking the portraits with them to decorate rooms in nursing homes. They also had the chance to see the finished copy of the history book that they had worked on together, using it to recall some of the wonderful meetings they have shared over the past year. Where has the time gone? From initial letters, to violin concerts, Christmas parties, history book sessions, portraits, clay tile making and now the summer games party – it is safe to say that everyone has loved every minute of time spent building bridges across the generations and it is with some sadness that we say goodbye.

Or should that be au revoir? As some of them have already invited their friends back to listen to them as they deliver their Youth Speaks talks in the finals of this annual speaking competition, next Thursday evening, or to the leavers assembly the following week – some bonds which have been formed look set to last long after year 6 pupils become year 7 pupils.



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