St Andrew’s Benn pupils visit the beach to tick off an outing on their bucket list

Chelsea Hughes, 9, and Sophie Tomlinson, 9, enjoy their day on the beach
Chelsea Hughes, 9, and Sophie Tomlinson, 9, enjoy their day on the beach

Four coaches of excited children from Rugby’s St Andrew’s Benn C of E School descended on Weston Super Mare beach in a bid to inspire and develop their writing skills.

The 210 pupils, many who had never seen a beach or the sea before, enjoyed the first of several trips planned by the school this year to give the children ‘real life experiences’ to write about.

The school has created a list of ‘100 things every child should do before leaving primary school’ that staff and governors feel should be made possible for the children, and visiting the seaside was one of them.

Weston Super Mare Seafront office warmly welcomed the children and provided buckets and spades for them to play with.

St Andrew’s Benn is the most diverse school community in Rugby with a high percentage of children for whom English is not their first language.

Deputy headteacher, Jessica Wells, said the beach outing was a very special experience for everyone involved.

“To see hundreds of enthusiastic, happy children in blue uniform scattered across the beach playing together was a sight to behold,” she said.

“The children behaved impeccably while they created sandcastles, mountains and forts and ‘dug to Australia’.

“Even the locals were intrigued to see quite so many children on their beach and stopped to watch and enjoy the scene.

“All the teachers and helpers felt privileged to have been part of this experience,” said Mrs Wells.

“The children are now keen to write about their trip and we really look forward to seeing how they develop as a result.”

The school is now organising other trips to broaden the children’s experiences, including a visit to the war graves in Belgium for Years 5 and 6.