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Wednesday, 01 July 2015

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CHILDREN from a Workington school were given a unique insight into the SS Titanic last month at Lakes College.

Costumes, stories and a three-course meal were the order of the day for almost 60 pupils from Ashfield Junior School, in High Street, on March 26.

To mark the 100th anniversary of the Titanic disaster, the youngsters rounded off the Easter term by spending the day at the Lillyhall college learning about life on board the infamous ship.

The 56 pupils, dressed as first, second and third class passengers, were split into three groups where they took part in different activities run by staff from the college.

One group listened to stories from the Titanic and learned about life on-board for the different classes of passengers. Another group enjoyed a VIP experience having their pictures taken in front of a backdrop of the ship’s staircase.

But a highlight of the day for the year three pupils was the chance to spend time in the college’s catering department where they saw catering students prepare them a three-course meal – Titanic style.

They cooked some of the dishes that were prepared on the ship and the children enjoyed a lunch with a starter from a first class menu, a main from a second class menu, and a dessert from a third class menu.

Lynne Marsh, project area manager for the catering department at the college, said the day had been a fantastic experience for the pupils.

She said: “Having them split into three groups has meant they have had the chance to try out different activities related to the Titanic.

“They all thoroughly enjoyed it, especially spending time in the catering department learning more about what the different passengers ate on board.

“Having them all come to the college dressed up as different classes of passengers has added to the experience as well.

“We hope to continue this relationship with Ashfield and work with them on other projects. Bringing the children into college helps give them an early understanding of higher education and careers.”

Class teacher Robert Kyle said the visit had helped the youngsters get a better understanding of the social and historical aspects behind the story of the liner.

He said: “The activities they’ve taken part in at the college have all been linked to the curriculum and the topic through school.

“It has been a brilliant day for them all – they are all full of the history and stories of the Titanic.

“They have never seen anything like the catering department in the college before so that’s been something special for them as well. It’s just brought the whole topic to life for them.

“Learning about first, second and third class standards on the Titanic through the likes of the meal here today has also been very important for them.

“The college has also given them a Titanic ticket to take home with them and keep along with a copy of the newspaper printed that day.

“This visit has topped off a great topic for them and I’m sure it will be something that will stay with them for a long time.”


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