Adventure-seeking Hackney primary school pupils have kicked off their school year in style with a trip to Chigwell Row campsite, courtesy of funding from Sanctuary Housing.
First trip outside of London for many
Pupils at Kingsmead Primary School took part in a wealth of outdoor fun and games at the site, which is located on the border of London and Essex. For many pupils this was their first trip outside of London and allowed them to try out new activities in the great outdoors.
The entire school, from nursery to year six, took part in a range of activities including climbing, archery, pedal karting, grass sledging, outdoor parachute games and more.
While enjoying the activities, the pupils were able to learn new skills, gain confidence, make new friends and get to know their teachers better.
Daring year six pupil Saisah Grant, 10, who overcame her fear of the zip wire on the day, said: “When I first jumped off the tower to do the zip wire I was so scared – but once I’d started it was so much fun.
“As soon as I’d finished I wanted to do it again! I felt very proud that I overcame my fears.”
“Great way for teachers to get to know their classes”
Associate headteacher Ruth Mackintosh said: “We are very grateful for Sanctuary Housing’s support of our annual whole school away day to Chigwell Row.
“It has become a key event in our school year and is such a great way for teachers to get to know their classes at the start of the school year.”
“Self-confidence booster for pupils”
Sophie Lejeune-Peggie, Sanctuary’s neighbourhood partnerships manager, added: “We’re delighted to be able to support and fund Kingsmead Primary School’s trip once more; it’s a great self-confidence booster for pupils of all ages at the school.
“This fantastic day out in the great outdoors is a wonderful way to support our neighbourhood and give young residents the chance to have fun with their friends and pick up some skills in the process.”
The event was funded by Sanctuary’s Community Investment Fund, supporting projects which benefit Sanctuary residents and their communities.