Year 6 Assembly: Arethusa

Year 6 Assembly: Arethusa

Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much. ”

Helen Keller

On the 9th of October 2015, there was a special assembly held by Year 6 students to showcase their experiences during their School Journey at Arethusa, in Kent. The Arethusa Centre has over 35 years of experience in providing outdoor education to schools, organisations and youth groups. Situated in the picturesque historic village of Upnor on the banks of the River Medway, more than 6000 people visit them every year for residential activities.

Our Year 6 children stayed there from Monday, the 28th of September to Friday, the 2nd of October 2015 and whilst there, enjoyed and participated in many team building activities. Accompanying the children were Ms Kathie Manuel, Mr Steve Brickell, Mr Derek Carden, Mr Tom Harper and Miss Polly Cameron. They were also joined on specific days by The Rev. Graham Buckle, Mrs Dyer and Mr Charles Smith, our Chair of Governors.

At the assembly, a slideshow of several short movies filmed and edited by the children on their Ipads was shared with KS1 and KS2 students, staff, parents and governors. Accompanied by narration, captions and still photos, the movies captured perfectly the children’s adventures during their week long residential stay. They shared, with much enthusiasm from the audience, their daily swimming activities, adventures in the mud, the ‘Leap of Faith’, watersports as well as their visit to Rochester Cathedral, where Mr Carden had sung as a Year 6 child himself. In fact, the children sang so well when they visited the cathedral that they were invited back to sing again later that day!

After the slideshows, Mrs Dyer spoke about Year 6’s amazing adventures and how wonderful their films were. She congratulated them on their conduct and said that she was extremely proud of how well they had represented the school during their stay. She also gave a huge thank you and presented gifts in appreciation to the members of staff who accompanied the children as well as Miss Debbie who had helped as well.

Well done Year 6!!