It as a beautiful sunny day for the Key Stage I children's visit to Swanage on Thursday 13th June. Swanage Lifeboat station was the destination for the girls, where they were met by Captain Hardy. The children were amazed to see the huge lifeboat housed there and enjoyed a tour of the lifeboat house, and witnessed the lifeboat being lowered halfway down the slipway by Captain Hardy and the men from the RNLI. The purpose of the visit was to present the huge cheque for £742.19 to Mrs Angela Morris, Chair of the Swanage lifeboat fundraisers, and the girls were clearly very proud of their fundraising efforts as the RNLI said a big thank you for the cheque.
Swanage Pier was the next port of call, where Mr Johnson, who looks after the pier, took the children to the end and showed them a special bench to commemorate D-Day. Lunch was followed by a song as the children sang their RNLI sea shanty, which was met with a big round of applause from the people sitting near by. The children then caught the 2pm steam train from Swanage back to Norden where their coach was waiting to take them back to school. It was a memorable and enjoyable day for all involved.
The fundraising was thanks to a cake and plant sale that had taken place the previous month in the school's Eco-garden, where Captain Hardy opened the event. There was also a “Pluck-a-Duck” game, Guess the name of the Mermaid and a raffle. The top prize was a fabulous cake made in the shape of an RNLI lifeboat, which was kindly donated by the Dunn family.
Thanks go to all of the parents who contributed so many delicious cakes. Grateful thanks also go to Haskins, the children in 1B and “The Growing Club” for planting and nurturing the lovely plants for the sale. The display of wellies from the “Plant a Wellington Boot” competition was also appreciated, and the winners from each class were awarded a trowel and fork gardening set to continue to nurture their “green fingers” over the summer.