Saturday, 29 September 2012

School on the Norfolk Broads

There are a few advantages to living where we do, on the Norfolk Broads. It's a lovely part of the world, quiet and peaceful all winter and a little busier during the summer season when lots of people from the UK or abroad holiday on cruisers.

We get the odd group of teenagers asking how to get to the "nightlife" and they're usually directed towards Norwich (probably take them the best part of a week to get there by boat but they're not to know that!) and stag and hen parties wearing the obligatory pirate outfits and captain hats!

We don't use the river very much or the broads, we may occasionally feed the ducks or find a quiet spot to sit in the sun but there has been one activity which has proved a great hit with Little Miss - after school sailing club. There can't be many schools (in the state sector) offering after school sailing.

 She attends the local village primary school, very tiny with only around 50 pupils. When number 1 son started there he was one of only 26 pupils! They were offered three sailing lessons by the village sailing club at a cost of £10, too good to miss we thought. The sessions were 2 hours long and they walked there from school.

Attempting a dry capsize

Climb over the side - she needed longer legs!

 


Stand on the centre board
and tumble back into the boat!
Everyone thoroughly enjoyed it, most of them got very wet doing the "dry capsize". But the rain stayed away for all 3 of the sessions and I'm thinking it won't be the last time she's in a sailing boat! I'm sure ordinary lessons won't be £10 for 6 hours!

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  1. What a great opportunity for Little Miss to try out the sailing. They have given youngest the chance to do this down here in conjunction with the schools too at a reasonable price. I think it is a great idea.
    Sarah x

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  2. Looks like she had a great time. Sounds like you might have a new interest to pay for on top of the cricket!

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  3. A really fantastic opportunity. Glad it was enjoyed to the max!
    Lisa x

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  4. What a beautiful place to live - the light always seems so gorgeous there. Great opportunity for your daughter there on the water. And I thought my kids went to a small school, K to 8 and 150 kids. It really does teach them to get on with all types!

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    1. It's lovely to be at a tiny school, at one point in my sons class there was one member of staff to every two children! It does make it a little difficult to move up to senior school though, which is around 650 pupils.

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  5. I know a girl who took up sailing through a similar scheme (she is only a couple of years older than your daughter, I would think) and is now in the top 16 young sailors in the country and destined for great things. What a fantastic experience for little miss - she looks as though she's having a ball!

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    1. Wow that's very impressive I'm not sure where this will lead but we'll certainly go back for a few more sessions next year.

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  6. Hello Jay, nice to meet you. Thanks for visit and comment. Surprised you have not been to Lavenham when living so near.

    Looks like your daughter was having fun as well as learning skills.

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    1. Hi Barbara thank you for popping over, silly that we've never visited Lavenham it's not far at all, I will put it on my "to do" list!

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