Golden day out a hit for lucky kids

Pupils from Eastlea Primary School try out kayaking at Druridge Bay Country Park.
Pupils from Eastlea Primary School try out kayaking at Druridge Bay Country Park.

Youngsters made a splash as they celebrated a golden day at a country park.

Pupils from Eastlea Primary School, in Cramlington, enjoyed a day out at Druridge Bay Country Park just before the Easter holidays.

Almost every child from Year 1 to Year 6 had earned the right to attend the Golden Day visit, part of the school’s reward system recognising good behaviour in school.

A wide range of different activities took place led by school staff as well as representatives from the Newcastle and Tyneside Orienteers and Coquet Shorebase Trust.

Key Stage 2 pupils had great fun completing the orienteering circuit around the park.

Almost all the oldest children also experienced a kayaking session on the lake. Kitted out in wetsuits, waterproofs and helmets, the children looked very professional as they took to the water on their kayaks.

The training from the instructors was superb and despite the choppy conditions of the water, everyone had great fun on the lake.

Headteacher Emma Beeston said: “We are always looking for different experiences for our Golden Days at the end of each half term.

“We had never been to Druridge Bay before and taking 187 pupils and staff was quite an undertaking.

“However, it is certainly something we would choose again because the support we had from both the Newcastle and Tyneside Orienteers and the Coquet Shorebase Trust was excellent.

“The children thoroughly enjoyed the sessions.”