FOLLOWING the disappointment of St Catherine’s CofE Primary School’s London trip being cancelled, due to the recent terror attacks, an alternative needed to be arranged quickly.
A trip to the Isles of Scilly was organised by teachers, with help from islanders and local businesses, for the Year 6 pupils at the last minute and proved to be a success.
Head of school, Louise Hussey, said: “We wanted to ensure that the rearranged trip for our Year 6 pupils was something special and the Isles of Scilly turned out to be just that.
“With only four days to organise the trip, the invaluable help of our chair of governors, Rebecca Brewer, who had recently returned from the Scillies and the amazing help that the islanders gave us ensured we were able to plan an exciting trip.”
The Scillonian passenger ferry organised tickets for the class and teachers very quickly and Bryher Islanders Tom and Jo, from Bryher Campsite, allowed the class to stay at their site.
Dan from Bennett’s Boat Yard organised an adventure to Sampson Island and the Bryher shop provided all the food for the camp.
Ms Hussey said: “All ensured our trip was a huge success. Bryher Island provided the children with a very special holiday — an adventure full of freedom and outdoor fun.
“The children even completed a beach clean to say thank you to the Islanders. We were so impressed and felt that this really was a memorable trip and so hope to return annually now.”
Pupils were just as impressed by the trip as the teachers. Maisy said: “I liked the fact that it wasn’t busy and it had fantastic beaches.”
Alfie said: “The beaches had really soft sand and clear water.”
Alex added: “The Isles of Scilly has a breath-taking landscape — it is an adventure waiting to be discovered.”