19th May, 2021

School starts with a welcome splash for Stratford youngsters

THERE were no sinking feelings for pupils at Thomas Jolyffe Primary as lessons started off with a splash.

Novice sailors took to the River Avon for a lesson on water conservation, pollution and river wildlife this week.

The lesson was part of a sustainability programme by Graduate Planet, a Warwick-based community interest company, whose profits are reinvested into projects tackling climate change.

Director Kate Evans said: “This is a really big event in the covid calendar because many schools are not going out on trips this term at all and not receiving any workshops or visitors into the school. But we have had permission to allow these trips to go ahead, allowing the children to have fun together in their bubbles in a safe, outdoor environment.”

Orbit Housing Association is providing funding to the school to take part in the programme.

Orbit spokeswoman Cheryl Flavell added: “We fund three schools as part of Graduate Planet’s Stratford School Sustainability Programme, including Thomas Jolyffe School which attended today, and it was lovely to see first-hand how Orbit’s funding is a making such a positive difference to the pupils’ learning. Life is very strange for everyone at the moment, but it is especially trying for children, particularly those who suffer from anxiety and low mental health. This is a really fun way for them to learn about an important subject while enjoying time out of the classroom at the same time.”

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