I felt a little guilty organising a trip to the coast for the scholars whilst the rest of the school were doing exams. As the wind howled, the minibus wobbled and the rain beat down on the M5, it did not feel like such a treat after all! Fortunately the weather improved after our stop in Taunton, though the lunch stop on Dartmoor at Postbridge was quite wild too. Postbridge is where the school was evacuated to during WW2 so it was fascinating to see the Pinewood dedicated pew in the church and the famous clapper bridge over the river.
Two more hours in the bus saw us reach Gorran Haven, a delightful little village beyond Mevagissey and a sheltered bay for a swim and a paddle. A short hop to the YHA at Boswinger, a hearty supper and a stroll down the hill to Hemmick beach which was beautifully rugged as the sea raged.
We had planned some water sports for the Wednesday, but it was still too windy; however, a delightful couple of hours were spent on the beach at Pentewan Sands where the scholars regressed to children, digging holes, collecting shells and playing French cricket. We used our water sports budget to go to Prezzo in St Austell instead! A civilised, relaxed lunch with lovely Italian food was had by all. As the rain began to fall, we headed indoors to the Eden Project. It was stunning as we wandered happily in the warm biomes. Many climbed to the suspended platform high above the plants; it is supposed to wobble and it did. I clung on!
The evening brought indoor games as the rain lashed down and our sea view had disappeared by the morning. Outdoor plans were again abandoned as we went to the cinema in Exeter on our return. ‘Wonder Woman’ was surprisingly entertaining ! We eventually returned to school having had to detour to avoid horrendous traffic. Adaptability had been key all trip.
My thanks to Mrs Hoyland and Miss Gye for their supportive presence at all times. The children were quite wonderful in their behaviour, flexibility and interaction.