Looe School Party Leaders Say Thank You To Islanders

Tim Hodges, Jan Woodman and Paul Pilling from Looe Community Academy

Tim Hodges, Jan Woodman and Paul Pilling from Looe Community Academy

 
Three teachers from Cornwall, who have been bringing school parties to Scilly for 21 years, are finally hanging up their hiking boots.

Tim Hodges, Jan Woodman and Paul Pilling from Looe Community Academy first organised the activity week for year 7 pupils in 1992, staying at the Cornwall Council campsite at Pelistry.

And each year they’ve brought up to 48 pupils to experience the islands, many of whom have gone on to become regular visitors with their own families.

The three teachers wanted to say goodbye and thank the shops, cafes and businesses who have made them feel so welcome.

Tim says he often sees ex students who say it was the best trip of their lives.

And the youngsters all seemed to get something different from their time here.

Tim says popular activities included watersports with Richard Mills at Porthmellon and overnight survival trips to St Agnes.

Even though the kids were all from a part of Cornwall with amazing beaches and scenery, he says coming to Scilly gave them a chance to get away and do activities they wouldn’t normally get a chance to try.

And he says Scilly still feels very different to the mainland with its amazing natural environment.

Tim is ending his involvement because he’s moving to Australia but he hopes the visits from Looe won’t end.

They’ve been training new party leaders who will take over the reins next year.



One Response to Looe School Party Leaders Say Thank You To Islanders

  1. 'scilly visitor' January 7, 2014 at 6:44 pm

    Well done to those teachers…..and all the teachers who have organised’the ‘scilly experience’ for so many youngsters ..Over the years we have travelled to and from the isands with lots of different schools.What a difference a week makes !! Seeing so many youngsters enjoying themselves and developing a wonderful tan!! It was always interesting to hear of their adventures on the homeward trip. I wish I had had the chance when I was at school !!l