London school children swapped life in the Big Smoke for capital days out on the Jurassic Coast and the Dorset countryside.
More than 40 children from Colville Primary School in Notting Hill said goodbye to the bright lights of the Portobello Road for the white sands of Studland and the tranquillity of the River Stour when they spent two days with their new friends from Hayeswood First School.
The two schools had come together so their children could learn from each other about the similarities and differences between city and country life.
Hayeswood’s headteacher, Pippa Gerrett, said: “We organised the visit and links between the two schools so both sets of pupils could find out about living in contrasting areas.
“Some of our visiting children had never been outside London. Their school is just off Portobello Road. They have a large number of amenities nearby such as the Albert Hall and places of interest within London but what they do not have is much outdoor space.
“At the end of the visit, the Hayeswood children said that they had learnt that although their new friends came from a very different locality to our own, they realised that they had many similarities in the things that they enjoyed doing.
“We were proud to show them not only the rural setting around our school but also the delights of the Dorset coast.”
For the first day of their visit the Colville and Hayeswood children were taken to Studland for the day.
They spent their time there paddling, digging and making sand models, collecting shells, playing volleyball and football rounders.
At the end of the afternoon they took the chain ferry back to Sandbanks and back at the Wimborne Academy Trust school they ate fish and chips and cakes.
It was time for the Hayeswood pupils to go home and the Colville children had an evening of playing outside before settling down for the night with a movie.
The next morning the two groups of children were reunited for a trip along Bythe Way where they walked through the fields and woods before investigating the pond.
It was then back to Hayeswood for games on the field, including mixed school teams for football and dance routines.
CEO of Wimborne Academy Trust, Liz West, said: “This is a wonderful opportunity for children from two very different areas in the UK to learn so much from each other.
“We were delighted to welcome the Colville children to our school and county and we hope this trip lasts long in their memories.”
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