Gallery: Primary School Partnerships
We recently hosted some educational visits for primary school pupils from St. Mary’s (Marlborough), and our Partnership school, Swindon Academy. These fun activities form part of a broader Outreach Programme, and are just two examples of our increasing involvement with the local community.
Harry Potter Day
Two classes from St. Mary’s Marlborough visited the Hogwarts (Memorial) Library for a Harry Potter themed series of challenges which included a Lego Hogwarts House competition, a Harry Potter scavenger hunt and a transmogrification class. Feedback from a visiting teacher included: “Thank you so much for an amazing afternoon. The children absolutely loved the experience, especially as it fitted-in perfectly with what we are doing at school. The children loved the maps with the scavenger hunt clues, so they will also be great for their Learning Journals. The sweets were also a hit. Many thanks to Hagrid (Librarian James Burton) for organising this event”.
Cultural Visits to Marlborough
Sixty pupils from Beech Avenue Primary School (one of the two Swindon Academy primary schools) experienced a Cultural afternoon in Marlborough. These visits are part of an extensive programme of Partnership work with Swindon Academy. After a formal tea of sandwiches and scones in the Adderley, the pupils walked to the Merchant’s House, where Thomas Bayly, his wife and nine children, lived and worked. Mr Bayly was a 17th century silk mercer and prominent citizen, in a time of great change both locally and nationally. The Academy pupils gained a valuable insight into the lifestyle and interests of a middle-class family during a century when modern Britain was emerging. In addition, pupils visited the many blue plaques in the High Street, and learned about The Civil War, and Great Fire of Marlborough, in 1653.