We’ve funded 30 trips for Marion Richardson this year, all of which have given pupils a thirst for learning and personal development. Not to mention many opportunities to explore unfamiliar parts of London. The trips have brought parents together too, building self-esteem and enabling them to make new friends.
New experiences have included visits to the theatre, a tour around Tower Bridge, ice skating and a day out at the Olympic Park.
Having fun is a key aim but it’s equally important that the children learn and develop too. The trips are carefully thought out to introduce pupils and families to new experiences and surroundings, and to broaden their horizons. Often trips are linked to the school curriculum and so relevant to what the children learn during the week.
Not just for children!
The trips have made a real difference to both the children and parents at Marion Richardson. A group of fathers from the school, who met on our trips, have established their own independent maths group designed to help their children with numeracy skills, and the mothers have made new friends outside of their immediate cultural communities.
One of our key objectives is to get children and their parents into new parts of London. That’s why we’ve also launched the Londoner’s Project, which focuses on helping children and their families navigate the London transport network and find their way around the city.
Since our partnership with Marion Richardson began in 2012, we have steadily increased the number of school trips we run. A whopping 46 per cent of pupils would have been on at least one Apples & Pears trip in 2015/2016! Our aim for the next few years is to deepen our relationship with the school and its pupils. We plan to spend time at school talks and at parents’ evenings chatting to families. We’ll also be organising poetry and art competitions where the children can creatively share their feelings about the trips.
Watch this space!