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Elizabeth College Year 6 pupils sign off where they started – on Lihou

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ENJOYING their hard-earned achievements and recent freedom from lockdown, Elizabeth College Junior School’s Year 6 leavers ventured over to Lihou for a short break.

Elizabeth College Year 6 pupils were unable to travel to the UK for the planned trip to mark the end of their time at junior school, but had good fun with an overnight stay on Lihou. (Picture courtesy of Lihou warden Steve Sarre)

Due to Covid-19, the usual Year 6 residential trip to the UK was cancelled. However, once the restrictions were lifted and the island moved to phase five of the easing of restrictions, the school worked hard to ensure their students could take part in as many of their usual rites of passage as they would usually have enjoyed before moving to the senior school.

This included the short break to Lihou, as a replacement to the UK trip, as well as inviting their parents into school to watch their production of Honk and also a prizegiving ceremony.

Students, including Caspar Roughsedge, Hayden Saunders, Jack Manheim and Joe Culverwell, all enjoyed their trip to Lihou for an overnight stay and while they were there got to swim in the bays and jump in the Venus pool, as well as take part in several games that were organised for them to have fun.

Joe said: ‘I particularly enjoyed the swimming in cold water and the games of tag.’

Caspar added they had had to be vigilant about the wildlife.

‘Great fun,’ he said. ‘But we had to watch out for the birds.’

Despite this, Jack said it had been a great trip.

‘It was absolute fun the whole time.’

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Hayden agreed: ‘We had a blast.’

The trip was something that all the teachers were really proud to be able to organise for them and felt very fortunate to have been able to do so on such a tight turnaround.

Head teacher Richard Fyfe said the trip was about making sure the students had some shared memories of their final term at the junior school.

‘It was great to give our Year 6 an opportunity to be together in such a beautiful setting before they move on,’ he said.

‘Lihou is where they started their Year 6 on a leadership retreat and it was fitting that we should end a very unusual year there.’

Danielle Kenneally

By Danielle Kenneally
News reporter

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