The Swan Trust has received thank you messages and photos from local schools following half day trips taken earlier in the year.
During May six local schools enjoyed trips on Swan. Following this, teachers have been in touch and Whiteness Primary pupils have sent thank you letters.
Comments from teachers included:
- They had a ball - A hands on experience like this creates memories that will last a lifetime and that is priceless.
- Later in the week I did an assembly where we were speaking about moving on and possible careers - Ena in P6 said that when she was older she wanted to work on the Swan.
- The pupils had a brilliant time learning about the history of The Swan as well as new skills. It was a brilliant chance to develop teamworking skills, especially as the class have been split this year.
- There was a buzz of excitement as one of the pupils spotted a large fin swimming around a short distance from the boat. It turned out to be a large basking shark swimming just below the surface. There was great delight when it swam right past the bow of the boat as we were looking over the side.
- Last night, I met the parents of two of the pupils who had been on the trip. They were telling me how much their children enjoyed the Swan and one even said it was like being in heaven for her daughter. Both children had been getting sailing lessons at the Delting Boating Club and were delighted to be able to widen their experience of sailing.
- Thank you so much for allowing our pupils the opportunity to experience the history, culture and heritage of Shetland life.
In their letters, the Whiteness pupils wrote about what they enjoyed and learned on their trip. All of the schools valued their trip on Swan and asked when they could do it again.
Peter Campbell, Trustee of Swan Trust, said: “Youth engagement and development has always been at the heart of the Swan Trust. These school trips enable us to introduce local children to sailing, as well as the history of Swan, whilst enjoying a day out of the classroom on the water. We would like to thank all the pupils for their enthusiasm during their trips as well as the teachers and pupils who took the time to write to us.”
Swan Trust is grateful to the Zetland Educational Trust for financial support in providing school activities.