Rockpools Day

Friday 28 June 2019

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RMH Rockpools Day: Creativity, Community and Challenge in action

Last week we hosted our second annual Rockpools Day. Our Year 12 CAP students and Year 9 leaders supported a group of prospective, new and current Year 5 and 6 students through the different marine themed activities.

Mr Woodhouse and Miss Lambert started off the day with the Team Building challenges, with all the groups getting to know each other very quickly as they were put through their paces. In the end Team Poseidon secured the win with some creative weight-bearing between hula hoops, and brute force in the tug of war.

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After some well-earned hot chocolate and brownies, the groups then set off for the beach, armed with buckets, nets and Mr Rich’s Rockpools Bingo. The group were briefed on the importance of not disturbing the marine wildlife and how very hard it is to live on the tideline as it is constantly moving in and out. An amazing amount of tideline treasure was found by all, with the winning Team Crazy Crabs coming up trumps, with a bucket full of crab shells, a winkle, a snail and eight different types of sea weed!

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After a picnic lunch, the groups were then tasked with a beach clean, as part of the RMH pledge to reduce single use plastics and support the local environment. Each group had to create their own letter or symbol, spelling S.O.S. (Save Our Seas), with a very tough decision as to which students managed to find the most original piece of rubbish. Team Sparkly Starfish won with the best composed letter, although the Stingrays did find a yellow football, whistle and a lemon!

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The groups then enjoyed a refreshing ice cream before heading back to finish with the final activity, creating their own marine art using recycled plastic and acrylic paints. Mrs Cooper was extremely pleased with the outcome of the marine art, with some very creative pieces as you can see from the photos.

 

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The results from across the four challenges were very close, with the Stingrays team winning overall. A big thank you to all of the staff involved in running our second Rockpools Day, as well as to the Year 9 and Year 12 CAP student leaders.