School Fest 2021
School Fest 2021.
Although Coronavirus restrictions are expected to be gradually lifted within the next few months, current government guidance has until recently advised against all educational visits. The advice for schools was that large gatherings should be avoided, and class bubbles were to be maintained wherever possible. At Bunbury school, we know how valuable these experiences are for the children in terms of their development and so as a school we developed our very own covid safe School Fest project in June 2021.
At the end of June we planned an exciting, alternative experience that benefitted all children in school. The event, called ‘School Fest’, involved a whole week of exciting outdoor challenges, incorporating physical games and expressive arts activities, all being held on school premises. As a staff we are always aware that education is more than the acquisition of knowledge, by improving young people’s skills, values, relationships and personal development we can significantly enhance learning and achievement. We saw huge benefits to our children from hosting a School Fest project and knew that this event would create memorable learning experiences for all involved.
School Fest was held the week beginning 28th June 2021. Children in Early Years and Key Stage 1 undertook several daytime activities over the week, and years 3-6 enjoyed multiple daytime challenges and one overnight camp per year group. Activities had a strong emphasis on problem solving and encouraging collaboration but ultimately, they were an opportunity to create memorable learning experiences and to have fun with their friends. We operated School Fest with a covid-secure system, following the rules of social distancing and respecting class bubbles. The children themselves had been heavily involved in planning the event: selecting the logo for our school fest t-shirts and deciding on some of the activities and experiences. Our Year 6 children have also been writing to local businesses for support and during the week produced their own Newspaper reports on the event.
The scouts have been extremely generous and have offered to loan their tents for the children’s sleeping arrangements, additionally they permanently donated a large bell tent, which will be erected on the school field, for outdoor activities.
As always at Bunbury we have multiple committed staff who have volunteered to support the School Fest provision and we look forward to being able to build on the success of such a project in 2022.
Despite the strangeness of the outside world, wonderful things continue to take place behind our closed doors.