Welcome to the BIG SCHOOL TRIP 2015!
LIVE UPDATES from the Big School Trip
12th - 21st October 2015
OUR COMPETITION WINNERS!
Mainland School Prize
Our 3-day fully expensed trip has been won by ST THOMAS' CATHOLIC PRIMARY SCHOOL in CANTERBURY. A group of 29 Year 3 students will be enjoying a residential visit to East Dene, courtesy of Allnatt Outdoors, and educational trips to Dinosaur Isle, IW Steam Railway, The Model Village, Godshill, Laser Storm at JR Zone and IW Donkey Sanctuary.
Scroll down to see the winning entry!
Applicant and lead teacher Amy King said "The prize on offer immediately captured my imagination as I considered how the thoroughly exciting and varied activities would so easily link to much of the curriculum that I am currently teaching. I was of course thrilled to discover that I had been fortunate enough to have won the prize and my pupils are beyond excited about the trip! I know that this memorable prize will have a huge impact on the children’s future education and confidence as they deepen their friendships and learn to work as a team."
We look forward to welcoming St Thomas' to the Isle of Wight!
Day Trip Prizes
In addition to the main prize, the following day trip prizes will see almost 300 local students visit many of the Island's top educational visitor attractions...
Year 6 of Lanesend Primary School, Cowes, will be visiting Dinosaur Expeditions.
"Gruffalo" (reception) class of Arreton St George's Primary School will also be experiencing this fabulous venue.
Year 5 of Brighstone Primary School are going tree climbing with Goodleaf.
Newchurch Primary School are spending a day teambuilding with Allnatt Outdoors East Dene Centre.
Shalfleet CE Primary School are off to learn all about dinosaurs at Dinosaur Isle.
A KS3 class from Bay House School, Gosport, are undertaking a Geography Day on Red Funnel Ferries.
Ryde Academy are using IW Steam Railway as stimulus for an Applied Science trip, focusing on Forces and Motion.
Greenmount Primary School will be walking and grooming animals at IW Donkey Sanctuary.
We will also be welcoming a group of students from Mary Rose Academy, Portsmouth to the Donkey Sanctuary.
The Winning Entry
Applicants were asked to "... convince the judges why YOUR class should win the prize, in no more than 100 words! Be creative ... and remember, the judges are keenn to promote educational out of classroom experiences!"
What Is It?
The BIG SCHOOL TRIP is a competition for schools to win FREE trips to Isle of Wight visitor attractions!
For mainland schools the prize on offer is a 3 day / 2 night visit for 30 students worth over £6,000!
Island schools can apply for one of 14 day trips on offer with FREE entry into local visitor attractions for 30 students and FREE access to our amazing array of educational materials!
The BIG SCHOOL TRIP takes place during the weeks commencing 12th and 19th October 2015 - see the List of Prizes tab (above) for full details.
The following venues, attractions and service providers are currently involved:
How Do I Enter?
Applications are now closed - sorry! We'll be announcing the winners here soon.
What's The Catch?
There isn't one! We want schools to appreciate what a great learning resource the Isle of Wight is. With a choice of 704 high quality curriculum-relevant teaching resources available already, and 22 more in the near future, the Island is the UK's best resourced school trip destination.
All of the prizes have been donated by venues and service providers who are keen to develop the schools market and attract more students to the Island in future, especially during "low season". By giving you a free sample, they hope you'll return again and again once you realise what incredible educational (and financial) value an Isle of Wight school trip can be!