Welcome to The Spirit of Discovery
2016 Event Report
by David Maddison PLP CEO
This year’s Spirit of Discovery event was aimed at being as inclusive as possible, with an aim to increase participation and remain within the budget set out in January. Children logged on, submitted their work and went through the selection process. Twenty-five Year 5 children were selected and in the end 24 children took part in the actual event.
The children deserve great credit on how they conducted themselves and how well, after only a short time, related to each other. Without exception they represented their own schools very well.
At this point we would like to say a huge THANK YOU to: CATERed (Julie and Jason), Morice Town Primary School and Oliver Marner at Sconner Down Farm, for their contribution to this year’s event though their respective provision of food, equipment, and a camp site and to those schools who offered support and help.
Thank you also to the activity providers - The Marine Biological Association / Marine Conservation Society, Pengelly’s Fishmonger in Looe, The National Trust at Lanhydrock (Sam Hopwood), Beach Schools South West (Ali Murray) and Horizons Sailing (Jon Worcester), Bay View Farm and Maker Heights Camp and by no means least to Alan the ever accommodating bus driver from Williams Travel.
Integral to the event was connecting the ‘physical me’, ‘thinking me’ and ‘creative me’ themes with the activity learning. To that end, participants undertook a daily learning log. This was an opportunity to reflect on the day’s activities and consider how they impacted upon the overall theme of ‘environmental sustainability’ and begin considering their own impact upon the environment.
The camping venues offered a varied location ranging from the sea to forests (two of the daily themes). This allowed a closer examination of weather, habitat and wild life which varied greatly.
The activities chosen were designed to provide a varied response to how transport impacts of the environment. Chosen modes of transport ranged from rail to walking and these certainly allowed us to exploit some of the fantastic coast and countryside locations available in South East Cornwall. Other methods of transport used were bus, sailing and cycling which certainly tested the children physically!
Of note was the change in confidence and skill displayed by the children in respect of cycling which, when we did a team-building day in the Plym Valley, was decidedly ‘wobbly’. As you can see they managed an off-road forest trail, albeit with some acquiring a few bumps and grazes.
Here you can see staff leading the obstacle race part of the activity.
And, of course, no camping expedition would be complete without a camp-fire to sing around.
Finally, a massive thank you and well done to Simon Young and Christina Adlington of PLP, Dr Jim Rogers of the Teaching School (PTSA), Rhianna Roper of Weston Mill and James Donnellon, Jennifer Reeley and Charlotte Burn of Supply Plus.
Until next time...
"You have brains in your head.
You have feet in your shoes.
You can steer yourself any direction you choose.
You're on your own.
And you know what you know.
And you are the guy (or girl)
Who'll decide where you go." -- Dr. Seuss, Oh, the Places You'll Go!
Both challenging and rewarding, the event focused upon the themes of: ‘Creative Me’; ‘Thinking Me’ and ‘Physical Me’ with the overall theme being around environmental sustainability.