Pupils from a Hackney primary school enjoyed a fun-filled start to the new academic year with a visit to a popular activities centre.
With funding from Sanctuary Housing, a group of 220 children and 35 staff from Kingsmead Primary School spent a day at Chigwell Row Girlguiding Campsite, where they took part in action-packed outdoor pursuits including archery, abseiling, grass sledging, climbing and trampolining.
The whole school trip provides an opportunity for pupils to learn new skills and mix with their new classmates and teachers in a relaxed environment away from the classroom.
Evelyn Deeney, Associate Headteacher at Kingsmead Primary School, said: “The away day to Chigwell Row is an event that pupils and staff alike look forward to – it really is the highlight of our year!
“The trip is a great way to bring the whole school community together and our pupils gain so much from the experience, so we are very grateful to Sanctuary for its support.”
Daniel, a Year 6 pupil at Kingsmead Primary School, added: “The trip to Chigwell Row gives you a chance to explore the countryside – it’s so much more exciting than going to the local park.”
Toby Moore, Sanctuary’s neighbourhood partnerships manager, commented: “We are committed to supporting projects that help young people in our communities access opportunities and learn new skills.
“These events have an important role to play in helping children settle into school life and make new friends and it sounds like they enjoyed another wonderful day in the great outdoors.”
This project was funded by Sanctuary’s Community Investment Fund, supporting projects which benefit Sanctuary residents and their communities.