Emmanuel Schools Foundation students announce their arrival into Blyth in style
Three students from Bede Academy, in Blyth, sailed back into their home port in full voice, high up in the rigging of the tall ship Stavros E Niarchos.
Once on dry land they met up with families keen to hear their stories of life on the ocean wave, before the crew had to be back on board for one more night to get the vessel shipshape.
ESF commissions a voyage every year to offer Year 9 students a once in a lifetime experience designed to challenge them, build character, teach them new skills and as a reward for students who have put in extra effort.
Bede student Alexander Dodds, 14, said:
“It’s been a great experience. We’ve seen all colours of jellyfish, whales and dolphins, and the Northern Lights. It was a challenge I felt I could do, and now I know more about it, I want to get involved again.”
Alexander Forysthe, 14, who sailed into Blyth on the t’gallant (the second from top sail), said:
“It’s been great fun. I’ve learned lots of new things. It was one of those opportunities that you couldn’t miss and I would definitely like to do it again.”
Hannah Soulsby, 14, added:
“In the beginning everything was scary but I quickly made new friends and then it all got easier.”
The Bede students were accompanied by biology teacher Dr Helen Edge, who is also a youth mentor for the tall ship charity and has completed around 25 voyages.
“We’ve had a great time. The students were absolute stars. We had good weather and saw lots of wildlife. It’s been a real adventure for everyone. The students have learned all sorts of new skills and that they’re capable of things they never thought possible.”
En route from Liverpool the crew covered 758 nautical miles, stopping off at Tobermory, on the Isle of Mull, and sailing through the Scottish Islands before heading south along the east coast of Scotland.