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Y2 Hengistbury Head

On Wednesday 29 June Year 2 ventured to Hengistbury Head: even the weather could not dampen spirits. As part of our humanities study on ‘The Seaside’ pupils had been exploring the history of British seaside holidays and the geographical features of a beach. To conclude our topic and to celebrate the end of our time in Year 2 we decided that a day out at the seaside was ‘just what the doctor ordered’. It really didn’t disappoint.

To start our day off we visited the Hengistbury Head Visitor centre, where we discovered the 12,000 year history and unique geology of the area. Who would have thought that even the Celts liked living by the sea! After an indoor picnic, thanks to the Hungry Hiker Café who let us shelter from the rain, we then ventured outside, fully prepared for anything the British weather could throw at us. As we sang, danced and skipped in the puddles, hand in hand, we realised what resilience we have built up over the year in Outdoor Education and how we have grown as a team working and playing together.

The children’s delight when they finally saw the sea was audible. Awe and wonder certainly is not lost here at St. Gabriel’s as we wrote our names in the sand, found lost treasures and built castles. We had the beach to ourselves and it was glorious – who said you need a sunny day to enjoy the British seaside. Not our Year 2’s that’s for sure. Time passed far too quickly for our liking as we climbed aboard the land train and waved goodbye to Mudeford Spit.

Last stop, the Hungry Hiker for an ice-cream; it is never too cold for a 99!


More photos from this wet but very enjoyable trip can be viewed in Galleries.


Visitors to St Gabriel's quickly recognise that this is no ordinary school. Parents are always impressed by the sense of purpose and enthusiasm of the talented, committed staff and the confidence of the extremely happy pupils. We offer girls the opportunity for a seamless journey from Nursery through to Sixth Form, with our boys leaving us at the age of 11 for their senior schools.

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