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Duck Race Day 2006
Young reporter, Helena Showell describes her school's annual fundraising and social event

June Castling opens the day's events
June Castling opens the day's events

Tom Showell in his England kit
Tom Showell in his England kit

On Sunday the 9th of July Boscastle School held its annual Duck Race Day around the harbour. It  started with Mrs Castling  opening the day for us as she  kindly let us use her lawn. We then had a procession from the Wellie to the lawn with everyone in the school dressed in football kit and waving flags we'd made of all the World Cup teams. On our way we sang a Bob Marley song called "One World". Afterwards there was lots to do with a bouncy castle, skittles, coconut shy, balloon race, face painting, stalls, and entertainment. The weather  was pretty good and not too hot so everyone enjoyed themselves.For lunch I had a burger from the barbeque which was delicious.

The procession arrives at the Vallency lawn
The procession arrives at the lawn

After that Jenny, who works at school, sang with her friends and then a band called Memphis played some Rock and Roll. Mr Maughan also sang and raised money for the school. It was all great fun.

Then it was time for the Duck Race. Lots of plastic ducks are thrown into the river and float down to the finish by the lower bridge and the first three to get there win prizes. It took rather a long time as there was not much water in the river and only a few got themselves. to the end.

Lots of people worked 8 very hard on the day, all of the teachers and other school staff and many of the parents and children. Everyone was very tired at the end but I think that they all enjoyed it. raised around 3000 Later in the week there was an Auction, in the Cobweb, of things that had been given to us by local people and businesses in Boscastle and from further away. Everyone was very generous and together, the Duck Race day and auction raised around 3000 which is a fantastic amount. All the money will be used to buy things for the school. Last year we used Duck Race money to buy extra IT equipment and musical instruments so we wait to see what we'll get this year.

Everyone at the school would like to say a great big THANK YOU to everyone who helped make this year's Duck Race events such a great success.

Helena Showell
Class 2, Boscastle School

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The willow figure sculpture at the Butterfly Glade. A collaborative partnership, part of the North Cornwall GIANTS trail with 9 other schools. Thanks to sculpture Serena De La Hay and pupils from Boscastle Primary School

Greenman Lurking

Boscastle's newest resident, the Greenman of the Vallency Valley. The willow figure installed in the Butterfly Glade makes an impressive if eerie figure. The sculpture a collaborative partnership, part of the North Cornwall GIANTS trail with 9 other schools. Thanks to sculpture Serena De La Hay and pupils from Boscastle Primary School along with the National Trust.
Pupils will be designing and making a willow sculpture during the summer term guided by Serena.

The area is home to the Pearl Bordered Fritillary butterfly, once-common is now only found in certain parts of the country, was also the inspiration for the figure.

Serena also built the giant M5 willow man and controversial willow figures in Tranance Park Newquay.

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