What a life on the ocean wave for our year 6 pupils as the dream they have worked towards all year became reality – a three day residential aboard one of the tall ships run by the Island Trust – Tectona or Moosk.
After a full year of fundraising towards this project, the rewards were received – and what rewards they were! During the course of the year, pupils and parents have been busy fundraising, with pupils working in small enterprise teams to turn a fiver into a profit -with all funds going in the pot to pay for the dream. Initiatives have ranged from selling hand painted t.shirts, making photographic cards, busking and plant growing, film nights, running stalls at the Christmas fayre, running a class fayre with a wide variety of stalls, selling t.towels and a whole host of other mini business ideas and events, including everybody’s favourite – the Wipeout Day. Through these children have learned more about running a business, thinking about the difference between selling a service or a product, ensuring value for money, advertising, selling, simple profit and loss accounting and the concept of reinvesting – without hitting saturation point in the market.
Alongside this, funds have been raised through the generous donations of local organisations and businesses whose support has been invaluable, enabling the class to reach the ambitious target of £7500. With the pot full to the brim, we were ready to launch into our long-awaited adventure.
With luggage in hand and excitement, tinged with just a hint of trepidation in their hearts, the children were each given a personalised hoodie and a co-ordinating cap, in the school colours – especially made for the trip. How smart they all looked at they took to the dinghy ready to climb aboard. Quickly settling into their new “home”, the children chose bunks and got familiar with the galley and accommodation below deck and the ropes, sails and other paraphernalia on deck.
Here they met the Captain and Ship’s mates that they would crew for over the next few days. Under their expert supervision, the children learned to read charts, plot the course, hoist the sails, steer the ship, act as lookout, before later learning to lower and raise the anchor. Everyone got stuck right in – loving life aboard these beautifully crafted boats where they worked as a team to ensure that everyone would experience a trip of a lifetime and build a memory for life.
Below deck, they were expected to work together to keep everything running smoothly – all getting involved with the food preparation, cooking, cleaning, keeping the limited space tidy and making sure that everyone was occupied and happy.
On this trip, some children saw dolphins, some heard the hooting of an owl, some studied the stars as the ships moored up and day became night and all had a magical, memorable experience aboard these majestic creatures of the sea.
It was clear from the joyous chatter once back on shore that everyone felt the fundraising had been well worth it – indeed, Alfie was heard to say: “It was so worth selling all of those hot cross buns!”
Class Teacher, Janet Gordge said "At the start of the year I really didn’t know whether it would be possible to achieve such a high target, but the children had got stuck right into it and enjoyed every minute". Tectona Skipper, Craig commented, "You could tell the children had put a lot into it as they really did treat the trip like it was theirs. The hard work they have put in throughout year 6 has given them a memory that they will still be talking about when they are 60".
Click on the link below for a full gallery of photos from this amazing trip!
Tall Ships Trip Photo Gallery