Portsmouth school children take a lesson on aircraft carrier

Date: 28.09.09 Portsmouth school children take a lesson on aircraft carrier St John’s Junior School pupils visit HMS Illustrious St John’s College Infant pupils enjoyed a fabulous VIP trip around Portsmouth-based aircraft carrier HMS Illustrious as part of their studies on life at sea. The wide-eyed Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 pupils were granted supervised access to parts of the ship not normally open to the general public, allowing them to understand what life is like on board a modern naval vessel. Mrs. Hudson, Head of the Infant Department at St Johns’ College in Southsea said: “It was a wonderful experience for the boys and girls, far exceeding expectations. We’d like to thank everyone on board who made us feel very welcome and for answering lots of questions.” She added: “St John’s is committed to offering all its pupils opportunities where they can learn and gain experiences outside the classroom. This is a successful example of how this works in practice.” -Ends- Words: 143 Images: Year 1 and 2 pupils on board HMS Illustrious’ flight deck. St John’s College is an independent, co-educational day and boarding school for children aged two to eighteen situated in the heart of Southsea. Founded as a boy’s school in 1908, the college now attracts over 700 pupils and students to its nursery, lower & upper school and sixth form. The college’s ethos is inspired by the teachings of St. John Baptist De La Salle, the patron saint of teachers. It provides an academic education within a Christian environment, but welcomes boys and girls of all faiths and beliefs. St John’s’ aim is to assist the transition from childhood to independent and socially responsible adulthood, within a caring Christian context in keeping with the ideals of their Lasallian foundation. High standards are set by the college through its programme of investing in pupils, staff and facilities. An exciting variety of extra-curricular activities are on offer, along with academic and emotional support to ensure students feel secure and stable at the college. Visit their website for further details: www.stjohnscollege.co.uk For further editorial information about St John’s College please contact George Roberts at LCM PR and Marketing on 0845 345 6969 or email george@lcm.co.uk