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Pupils from Southflelds Junior School, Hillfields, Coventry Featured 22 May 1971 Print

Pupils from Southflelds Junior School, Hillfields, Coventry

Pupils from Southflelds Junior School, Hillfields, Coventry, are enjoying a term-time stay away from city life for the next two weeks at a "camp site school" in the Warwickshire countryside. Forty-eight of them are attending a field-study course, organised by the school. They have pitched camp in the middle of a field at Holt Farm, Napton-on-the-Hill, near Southam.
After an early call in the morning and a country-style breakfast, the children, aged 10 and 11, take part in country rambles, boating on the canal and visiting nearby farms and quarries. "The object of the course is to give the children a chance to find out about the countryside generally, and to get to know the country code," said Mr. D. H. Thomas, the headmaster, "Most of them live in the centre of the city .and have very little chance of coming out and visiting the countryside. "We hope we're also doing something for racial harmony year. Half the children who come out here are immigrants, and we feel we're giving children of all nationalities a chance to learn to live together for a time." Twelve children at a time spend three days at the campwhere they are accommodated in caravans and tents with a marquee "cook house" and eating hall. Cooking, washing-up and cleaning chores are shared among the children and the four teachers who are supervising them on the course.
"The country air has certainly done wonders for their appetites," said Mr. Thomas. "They're eating us out of house and home., And the children's verdict? "Smashing," said 11-y ear-old Manjit Singh. "This is the first time I've ever been to stay in the countryside. It took a bit of getting used to at firstsleeping in a tent and having lessons in the open air, but it's so nice to be away from all the noise and pollution of the city. I think I'll become a farmer when I grow up." "The food's great as well," added Charanjit Singh, aged 11. "We've all had a great time and will be so sorry to leave. I think we've learned more out here than w

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