Pupils’ voyage up Tyne includes overnight stay

The Year 5 sailing trip for St Michael's CofE First School.
The Year 5 sailing trip for St Michael's CofE First School.

The Year 5 pupils at an Alnwick primary school went out on the water recently, sailing up the River Tyne during a two-day voyage.

It was part of the Junior Prince’s Award, supported by the Duke of Cambridge, which is being offered at St Michael’s CofE School now that it has become a primary school.

Headteacher Gavin Johnston said: “The children set sail on the River Tyne in two groups of 10.

“They picked up their yacht – the James Cook – at North Shields, before learning the ropes, including all-important safety information. Then they set sail!

“Mr Baker and Nicki from Skillforce supported the group as well as three crew members from the Ocean Youth Trust.

“The children took part in a whole range of activities including preparing the boat, cleaning, preparing meals and, of course, navigation, a highlight being taking the helm of the boat.

“Both groups sailed up to the Millennium Bridge where they moored overnight – sleeping on the boat.

“Groups of staff and some parents visited the boat to say hello – we could really tell how inspiring the experience was with smiley faces, rosy cheeks and excited eyes. Lilia even had a special 10th birthday celebration on board.

“As expected, all the children were impeccably behaved, which really helped them to get the most out of the voyage. We are so proud of them all – well done!”

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