More than 600 primary school children tackled an exciting range of sporting, artistic and academic pursuits at Tonbridge School on Wednesday 4 July, as part of Tonbridge School’s annual Community Day. A total of 17 primary schools and community groups were looked after by the school’s first year boys (Year 9), while the activities were run by sixth formers and school staff.
This popular event, a key part of the school’s commitment to social responsibility, sees boys and staff working with the local community, inspiring all participants to enjoy themselves and to have a go at something new. Activities included archery, arts and crafts, various sports, photography, creative writing, dance, drama, digital creativity, language classes and music. The day ended in a Big Sing, with everyone joining together to learn and perform a song, under the guidance of internationally-acclaimed conductor Dominic Ellis-Peckham.
Second year Tonbridge boys spent the day at The Marsh Academy, working with Year 7 pupils on a range of activities covering science, sport, art, design and technology, and also carrying out a local beach clean. Tonbridge has worked in partnership with The Marsh Academy as one of its sponsors since 2006.
Tonbridge School’s third years spent Community Day in various other locations. Some went to Nexus School, a local school for children with profound and complex needs, where they helped create 20 raised beds in a new allotment area. The boys also developed play areas and wildlife habitats at the school. Others carried out environmental work at Haysden Country Park and Tinker’s island, while the school’s CCF Navy section carried out a litter pick along the River Medway.