On Thursday 23rd October a coach party of 80 excited
Steyning students and 18 members of staff set off on the school’s annual
boating trip to the Norfolk Broads. This
year marked the 60th year of running these trips for the students to enjoy,
with a capacity uptake and 12 boats fully laden for this popular school
Amanda Walker, Marketing Director at Herbert Woods Boat Company
said: “For us Steyning Grammar School is part of the family, some of the
teaching staff have been coming for over 20 years and we always look forward to
seeing them. We are delighted to have reached such a significant milestone, 60
years is a great testimony to the benefits a boating holiday on the Norfolk
Broads can bring to young people. The
fact that this trip was again oversubscribed means its appeal is as strong as
Sunshine and blue skies were the perfect start for a trip from
Potter Heigham to Womack Water and close to the picturesque Ludham
village. This natural stretch of
waterway is full of reed beds, windmills and plenty of wildlife. At Womack Water students had the opportunity
to try out their rowing skills as they took to dinghies for some late afternoon
With beautiful weather throughout the trip students had the
opportunity to sail across the wide expanse of Barton Broad, where Admiral
Nelson first learned to sail. This
stretch is popular with the traditional Norfolk Wherry boats which at full sail
are a magnificent sight.
After a busy few days in Wroxham the onward journey to Horning,
one of the calmest and prettiest stretches, littered with waterfront properties
and many thatched cottages. This leads
to the quiet back waters of Salhouse Broad where students took part in a model
boat racing competition and a talent show.
Katie Burtenshaw, a student on the trip said: “It was a really
fun week to get to know the teachers and other people in a different
Students took plenty of food to keep up their energy levels and
even competed in their own version of Master Chef. This full and exciting trip finished with a
barbeque on the banks of The Broads and an evening disco trip on The Southern
Comfort paddle boat.
Miss Peake, the trip organiser said: “For both students and staff
this trip is an opportunity to build relationships with different people
outside of the classroom environment. Students are able to develop life skills
such as managing a budget and planning meals to making friendships that last a
lifetime. Some even learned how to make a good cup of tea! Seeing what these
students get out this trip makes it a pleasure to organise and take part in
year after year.”
About Steyning Grammar School:
thriving comprehensive day and boarding school for students ages 11-19 set in
the beautiful countryside of the South Downs, with close links to Brighton and
the South Coast. The school has an intake in Year 7 and 9 and a successful
Sixth Form College, offering both A Levels and the International Baccalaureate.
An OfSTED ‘good with outstanding features’, students are extremely keen to
learn and this is reflected in good examination results.
Steyning Grammar School has had
the proud tradition of boarding provision since 1614. It boasts some of the
finest and most modern facilities of any state or private boarding school. Following
a three day inspection by Ofsted in October 2012, SGS Boarding was once again judged
as 'Outstanding'. Very few schools achieve such a judgement and SGS Boarding is
the first Outstanding State Boarding School in the country to achieve this
grade under the new inspection framework.
The inspection report reinforces the popularity of Steyning Grammar
School as demand from the UK, as well as overseas, continues to rise. The
education is free to parents and families with just the very modest boarding
costs to cover.
Full details can be found on the
school’s website www.sgs.uk.net
Steyning Grammar School will be
celebrating 400 years of excellence during the academic year 2014, visit our
website http://www.sgs.uk.net/SGS-400 for more details or to
register your interest in the events.