"School is cool," was the message when school children from East London based Benjonson School recently took part in a day trip to the seaside.
The 37 pupils travelled to Walton on the Naze, a traditional seaside town with the second longest pier in Britain . The specially arranged day trip was a reward for the pupils upon accomplishing the mammoth feat of 100% attendance for the academic year 2006/07.
Jenny Rollison, Benjonson's school home Support Worker said; "At Benjonson School our good results are based on partnership between all concerned parties.
"A lot of pupils have had to tackle many obstacles to achieve so well and I am delighted to have been able to be a part of such a fun filled day.
"Credit is due to everybody; pupils, parents and professionals for working so hard to reach such brilliant school attendance. On a personal lever for me, the shrieks of delight and seeing the children having such fun has been the icing on the cake."
Jay Hussain, the boroughs Attendance & Welfare Advisor allocated to the school said; "The improvement of school attendance is a responsibility that is shared by pupils, parents and the borough.
"We are very grateful for the support of our sponsors, without whose generosity the visit to this lovely seaside town may well not have happened."
Accompanied by adults, the children took part in sandcastle building competitions, a knee length dip in the sea and a fun filled session on the pier. Abida, a year 3 pupil said; "I really enjoyed myself. This is the first time I have gone to the beach. I liked playing on the pier"
Another pupil, Ayub said; "I liked building sandcastles and splashing in the water. I never miss school, because I like learning and being with my friends. I'm going to make sure I come in every day for next year as well.
The daytrip was arranged, co-ordinated and managed by the adults and was made possible by the generosity of the London based Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce.