Hundreds of Hackney primary school children enjoyed an active start to the school year with a countryside adventure to Chigwell, thanks to support from Sanctuary Housing.
Pupils at Kingsmead Primary, from nursery to year six, experienced a host of outdoor pursuits at Chigwell Row Campsite; developing their skills, boosting confidence and helping them bond with new friends and teachers.
With support and funding from the leading housing provider, over 250 children, the majority who are Sanctuary residents, enjoyed trampolining, an adventure playground, climbing, archery, grass sledging and more at the site on the London/Essex border.
Shannon, from year six, commented: “It was really fun. At first I was scared, especially of the heights, but now I’m not. It’s great for the children to have so much energy and be outside all day!”
Louise Nichols, executive headteacher, said: “We are so grateful to Sanctuary Housing for supporting our whole school away day to Chigwell Row.
The trip allows children from the Kingsmead Estate, who rarely get to experience the countryside or have the freedom to play in the open air, to try out all sorts of activities. It’s also an excellent opportunity for the whole school community to bond with each other.”
Sanctuary Housing’s neighbourhood team who were also able to attend the event, assisted the children and teachers with activities on the day.
Jo Revett, neighbourhood partnerships manager, said: “We are very pleased to be able to support and fund Kingsmead Primary School’s trip. A high percentage of the children who attend this school are our residents.
“This is a lovely way of contributing to the community and we hope the children have benefited from the physical exercise and skills they have learnt, boosting their well-being and confidence.”