Chacewater Community Primary School visit St.Ives RNLI Lifeboat Station
On Thursday 11 May, St. Ives RNLI welcomed to their station a very enthusiastic and excited group of 4 and 5 year old pupils and staff from Chacewater Community Primary School.
The aim of the day was for the children to see and explore first hand the lifeboats and the equipment used by the volunteer crew as well as learn ways to stay safe around water and the coastline
Kerry Rice, a teaching staff member, stated that the pupils had prepared for the visit by reading The Lighthouse Keeper series of books and lessons on water safety.
The children’s imagination was stimulated by both the video display and the excellent tour given by 2nd coxswain, Scott Perkins, of the inshore and all weather lifeboats.
The highlight of the day for the pupils, apart from seeing the crew’s cuddly toy mascot and trying on crew helmets and life jackets, was surely the winner takes all challenge between 2nd coxswain, Scott Perkins, and teaching staff members, Mrs Kerry Rice and Mrs Gilbert, to see who could totally dress themselves first into the volunteer crew all weather kit. Scott showed his professional prowess, if not his male chivalry, by winning the challenge!!
St Ives RNLI Lifeboat Visitor Officer, Roger Marsden, was delighted to inform the pupils about the wide variety of duties undertaken by the RNLI and its reliance on charitable donations. He reinforced the importance of such visits and how they presented a wonderful opportunity for pupils to understand more about their local lifeboat station and to follow up a visit with classroom projects. He hopes that many other schools will get in touch and take up the offer of a visit to the St Ives RNLI Lifeboat Station. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Following this great day out, the staff and well-behaved children of Chacewater CP School have decided to hold a Beach Day with the intention of raising funds for the St Ives RNLI.
Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.