Out & About with Class 3

Trip on La Granville

On Wednesday 20th May 2015 Class 3 went on Manche Iles’ new boat, La Granville, around Sark.

 Waiting to board.We arrived at the harbour at 11:15 am, the boat arrived 10 minutes later.

We got on across a bridge which could roll off so it was quite scary. We sat on the top seats first but then we were told we had to go downstairs.

The boat started up and a safety video was played on TVs above the seats.

As we left the harbour (on the boat) we went up past the lighthouse and round past the Eperquerie.

Then we travelled further around Sark, past Brecqhou, and saw the castle where the Barclay twins live.

We carried on past the Coupee, round the bottom of Little Sark and saw puffins near to L’Etac.

We stopped at Derrible Bay so we could look round the boat and the adults had refreshments. We waited and waited and waited. After lots of waiting our head-teacher told us to eat lunch because it was 1pm and we would miss our picnic on the beach.

 Some of us went onto the bridge and saw the instrument panels for the boat. It seemed as if we were never going to leave but Mrs Cottle asked the captain if we could go now and he said yes.

When we were heading back we were allowed to stay on the top deck and we saw everything from Derrible to the harbour. It hardly took anytime at all.

When we arrived at the Harbour a thank you message was played and we all got off the boat after having a great trip.

By Freya, Ethan and Ashley


Time Capsule at Sarkhenge


On the 20th of May 2015 we, Class 3, went to the Sarkhenge stone circle to bury a time capsule that will be opened 100 years from now.

 Once we arrived Dr Richard Axton gave us a postcard to show us what the stone circle was all about. We then unveiled the items that would go into the time capsule and placed them on a handkerchief.

The items were: a memory stick containing reports written by Class 3 both predicting the future and explaining what Sark is like now, a video made by some pupils about Sark and Class 1’s ‘Beautiful Day’ video; a tea bag; a credit card; pea seeds; earphones; a box of matches; a Marie Curie daffodil; a Sark 2015 commemorative bronze coin; a 450th commemorative sticker; nine 50p coins, the value of which, 450p, represents the 450th anniversary of Sark; a receipt from the ‘Food Stop’ letting the people in years to come see how much we spent on basic goods; and a list of the time capsule’s contents.

 Once everything was in the tea pot/time capsule, which had been made by Lorraine Nicole at the pottery, we sealed it up with some wax - though while melting the wax the paper the contents list was on got burned.

We needed somewhere to put the teapot so we had to dig a hole under the central stone to bury it. One at a time we took turns with the shovel to dig. Then we placed the time capsule into the hole carefully, resting it on the bottom before proceeding to bury it.

Once covered, a layer of stones was added. Next, we mixed a little concrete and added that. The central stone was then placed back in the ground and cemented into place to stop it from moving over time. This took a long time because we couldn’t get it flat.

Soil was placed over the cement so that when the grass grows it will look more natural. Water was poured around the stone to help the grass grow.

After we had buried the tea pot we took photographs of the site and then got dismissed.

It was an honour to be chosen to create this time capsule and we wonder what the people who open it will think about us and life in 2015.

It was a great experience which we’ll remember forever!   

By Amelia, Jake  and Mason

A visit to the Power Station


 Because of the learning we’ve been doing in Science, on the afternoon of Wednesday 13th May 2015, Class 3 went to the power station for a tour, courtesy of Mr Andrew Gordon-Brown.

We found it very interesting and learnt some facts about both the running of the station and its history.

Unlike most fossil fuelled power stations, Sark Electric’s doesn’t run by boiling water to make the steam to turn a turbine. There are four generators in the power station building which are powered by diesel. They are like tractor engines, just bigger, and have a drum on the end which spins round and generates electricity.

Sark Electricity gets shipments of 5,000 litres of diesel every week. They often stockpile it in three storage tanks so that they have 3 weeks’ worth in case the boats don’t run.

There are four types of cable that run round Sark. There’s a big loop of it going round big Sark. One drum of cable, 1000 meters long, costs £10,000 and there’s about 10,000 metres of cable. Certain areas can be shut off if there’s work being done, so builders don’t get an electric shock and hurt themselves.

There are two clocks in the power station, one is run by electricity, and one is run by battery. The battery powered clock is to make sure the electricity powered clock keeps time.

If the electric clock runs too fast or too slow adjustments will be made so it keeps the right time. It was interesting to find out that Sark Electric sets all the times for the mains powered electric clocks on Sark – we didn’t know that.

In summer more units of electricity are used than in the winter. This is because there are more hotels open, and more people in residence. In the winter most electricity it used in the evening. You would use a whole unit of electricity boiling a full kettle.

In the past the cables had oil in them as well as copper which made it harder to fix any problems or to take any of them out. It’s easier now.

The visit was very informative. It was an electrifying time!

By Brianna and Jack


November 17 2014 - Archery with Adventure Sark

Tying in with our English topic on 'Robin Hood' and our history topic on the 'Middle Ages', Class 3 hada  go at some archery.

Class 3 have been venturing round the island to create Art based on our studies. So far this term we've been to 'Le Grand Dixcart', home of Julia Tremayne during the Occupation of Sark in World War II, and St Peter's Anglican Church.