Fairmead families enjoyed a weekend away at Magdalen Farm in Winsham last weekend and rated their stay as ‘excellent’.
Magdalen Farm, near Chard, provided a relaxed and friendly atmosphere for students, carers, parents and siblings to get to know each other out in the countryside and around the dinner table.
The two-day experience began with some den building in the woods followed by hot chocolate made on the camp fire. After lunch everyone helped out with some farming jobs, such as mange tout harvesting and feeding the animals. In the evening there was a two course dinner and then back outside for a sing and a story round the campfire. Day two included craft workshops, such as making dream-catchers and clay creatures. Lunchtime was extra special because everyone got the chance to make their own pizza in the outdoor cob oven.
Fairmead’s Parent and Families Support Advisor Sharon White, said she was delighted with the positive feedback the families had given her. Sharon commented, ‘It was lovely to see families mixing together and having that chance to get to know each other’.
Parents/carers of students at Fairmead do not get the opportunity to socialise as much as those of mainstream school students. This is because Fairmead students are brought to school by bus or taxi instead of being met at the school gate.
Future events at Magdalen Farm seem likely, with suggestions from parents including obstacle courses, bowling, cooking, walks and picnics. Student Molly Caddy said: ‘It was brilliant and I want to go again’.