9th December 2014
It was more than just a change of scenery for 27 enthusiastic Year 6 children from various local schools, as they gathered for a day of learning and adventure at Trinity School. The eager 10 and 11 year olds had been invited to join our own Year 6 pupils in our special Impact Day, which was based on the classic story of Swallows and Amazons. The children came from schools located throughout South Devon including Chudleigh CE Community Primary School; Hazledown Primary School; Priory Roman Catholic School; Shaldon Primary School; Stokeinteignhead Primary School; The Grove School, Totnes, and St Sidwell's CE Primary, Exeter.
The pupils were challenged to a variety of workshop tasks which included creating an art collage of a Swallows or Amazons boat; solving a testing mathematical problem; taking part in a science challenge (including putting together x-ray body parts); and completing an Apprentice-style business task which required them to design a brand and logo for their teams.
Organiser and Head of Key Stage 3 at Trinity, Mrs Gerry Davis, was delighted with the response of the children. ‘We had many staff from our Prep and Senior Departments helping out on the day, and without exception they were greatly impressed by the thinking skills displayed throughout the day by our local youngsters, and the enthusiasm with which they approached each task,’ said Mrs Davis.
By all accounts the Impact Day was just that, and seems to have gone down really well. Parents and children have written in with comments such as ‘thank you for a super Swallows and Amazons Day…our son had a fabulous time and really enjoyed himself’, from one parent, and ‘The Swallows and Amazons day was soooooooooooo good’, from pupil Harry Lightfoot of Chudleigh.
Mrs Davis also praised the Trinity students who took part. ‘Our Prep students did us proud and were excellent ambassadors for Trinity. They welcomed all the children in true Trinitonian manner and made all of them feel at ease. The day ended with a quiz hosted by Mrs Eaton-Jones, and despite Mr B’s best efforts to try and name the Band Aid 30 singers (really, are Bono and Midge Ure the only pop stars you can name Mr B?), the Swallows won the day. A huge thank you from me to all Trinity pupils who helped make the so enjoyable.’