For over 60 years a special feature of the summer has been the two-week camp on the Roseland Peninsula in Cornwall, which takes place shortly after the end of term. Started in 1954 by former headmaster David Engleheart, it is now run by members of the next two generations, all of whom attended the Camp themselves as children and for whom it is the perfect two-week summer holiday.
The main activity on offer is sailing, in the school’s own fleet of boats, from St Just Creek on the Carrick Roads, which is the spacious estuary of the River Fal and one of the safest places for sailing on the coast.
The daily routine involves the children in porridge-stirring and other domestic duties in the camp field, but they are free to choose how they spend their time once at the beach. Some take to sailing and grab every opportunity to learn how to handle the boats, while others prefer to row or simply to explore the foreshore and the rocks.
Every child gets something different out of Camp. For some, it is all about the water and the boats; for others, it is a first holiday away from home and a chance to be independent – they all learn to do their washing in a bucket! For a few, it is a chance to sketch or read a book uninterrupted for hours in a beautiful place.
Local outings have included treats such as the National Seal Sanctuary, the Maritime Museum in Falmouth and the famous Minack Theatre.