At 8:00am on Tuesday 3rd January a group of 37 Year 5 and 6 pupils boarded a coach and became the first children from Dobwalls Community Primary School to take part in a London residential. Ahead of them lay four days jam-packed with new opportunities and experiences. For many this was the first time they had been to London or indeed stayed away from home.

With an enthusiastic staff team the children engaged in a wide range of learning experiences closely linked to the curriculum.

These included an informative visit to the Houses of Parliament; a stunning view of the London skyline at night from The London Eye; informative educational tours to a host of museums; an electrifying performance of Evensong at St. Paul’s Cathedral; and an amazing performance of Matilda.

More importantly, these experiences provided children with the opportunity to explore and widen their own spiritual, moral, social and cultural understanding.

“Going to London has changed the way I understand people and how I talk to people, ”said Oliver in Year 6.

The children have shared lifelong memories with their peers and for many their horizons have been broadened, providing a new and enlightening perspective on the wider world. Certainly a worthwhile trip and one that we will aim to run again in the future.