The Best School Trip Ever
Ten children from Cherry Tree School in Suffolk enjoyed an adventure packed trip to Sark this month when they camped on the island for five days. The children, aged between ten and eleven, were able to learn about the 450th anniversary of Helier de Carteret’s settlement and the 70th anniversary of the island’s liberation from the German occupation. They were given a talk about the archaeological excavations by Dr Emma Durham from the University of Oxford and Dr Richard Axton gave them a guided tour of Sark’s windmill. They were also able to learn about how the island works today with visits to the fire and rescue station and the Seneschal’s court where one of the teachers was sentenced to spend 48 hours in Sark’s prison following his unfortunate remarks about the suitability of women for camping. (They had complained that there was no hairdryer!). He was later released after 5 minutes by the Constable for good behaviour. There was time for fun too with a swim in the sea every day, archery lessons, a carriage ride and a trip around the island in George Guille’s boat. The teachers and children alike would like to thank all of the people of Sark for their kindness and consideration during the visit and their willingness to involve the children directly in many aspects of island life. They left tired, slightly sunburnt but extremely happy.
Words and Pictures by Sue Daly
A visit to the Fire Station with Kevin Adams
The Seneschal finds Mr Pearce guilty
Heading off with George
Waving goodbye to Sark