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Dec 16, 2018 - Sun
Falmouth GB
Wind 10 Knots, SSE
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sun dec 16
9°C /9°C 14 Knots, S 100% 1009.17 mbar
mon dec 17
11°C /12°C 17 Knots, SSW 96% 1021.68 mbar
tue dec 18
11°C /10°C 33 Knots, S 98% 1008 mbar
wed dec 19
10°C /9°C 9 Knots, WSW 100% 1014.19 mbar
thu dec 20
11°C /11°C 18 Knots, W - 1023.8 mbar

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Confidence, cooperation and courage are among the many qualities that children can develop when learning to sail.

Former Mawnan Smith School headteacher Randall Brook has witnessed this frequently over the last 20 years or so, thanks to the school’s close association with the HRCST. He now volunteers at the school’s Friday afternoon session – alongside new headteacher Jilly Pridmore.

Jilly Pridmore and Randall Brook, current and former Head Teachers of Mawnan Smith Primary School

“Hundreds of Mawnan pupils have benefited from the Trust’s tuition, in so many different ways,” says Randall. “Some have continued with sailing, becoming extremely proficient and enjoying this wonderful activity for themselves or even, in some cases, becoming RYA instructors.

“Teaching a child to kayak and sail single-handedly has, I believe, helped these primary school-aged children develop confidence in coping with a larger world,” he adds. “Exposing children to new things has taught them that no matter how scary and different something seems, they can conquer it. I have seen this confidence translate in many cases into accelerated academic achievement, especially with children with special educational needs and disabilities.

“The HRCST has provided tuition for all children, regardless of their parents’ ability to pay, which has allowed them the chance to access water-based activities on a regular basis,” says Randall. “Through this, they have developed a love of and a respect for the sea – and the courage to dare to try things that are new and different.”

Jilly started volunteering with the Trust in April, soon after taking over as headteacher.

“My first sailing season has been a huge success and I feel privileged to be continuing the long and established relationship between the HRCST and Mawnan School,” says Jilly, who grew up in St Mawes and spent most of her childhood sailing with her family. “I’m never happier than when I’m on the water, so, when I was asked if I would be joining the children on Friday afternoons, I didn’t hesitate to say yes.

“There is nothing more empowering than independently piloting your own boat,” she says. “The inclusivity of the sessions means that our more experienced sailors are regularly sharing their skills with the novice sailors, so the children are developing skills of teamwork, communication and cooperation.

“It has been a real pleasure to observe the children progressing so brilliantly with their journey to becoming confident and competent sailors,” adds Jilly. “The learning opportunities are endless and, above all, it’s great fun. There isn’t a better way to start the weekend!”

Mawnan Smith Primary School Sailors: the class of 2018

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