I would like to tell you briefly about the achievements of the Dart Education team. The three local primary schools; Dartmouth Primary, now Dartmouth Academy, St John the Baptist RC Primary School and Stoke Fleming County Primary School have all been very supportive since the Station was set up and in 2009 they were joined by the Blackawton Primary School. In particular Mr Rik Meek, Deputy Head of Dartmouth Academy, has been very helpful. He was a member of the Atlantic College RNLI lifeboat crew when he was training to be a teacher in Wales. The name for our new lifeboat, "Spirit of the Dart" was suggested by William Smith, a student from St John the Baptist R.C. Primary.
In January 2010 for the first time the senior section of Dartmouth Academy took part in SOS week. Bob Thomas and I attended three Assemblies there and had input to the entire school, which is a first. Between them the schools raised £474 which is a new record for Dart.
Last summer we were invited for the first time to give presentations at two assemblies in the Community College as it was then and then in May to go on to give nine 40 minute lessons around beach safety. As a result all the pupils in Dartmouth, Stoke Fleming and Blackawton aged 5 – 15 took an active part in beach safety lessons last summer in their schools. The senior students at Dartmouth Academy went on to enter the RNLI Educational Quiz and scored over 95% in their knowledge of the safety messages they had been taught.
SOS activities 2012
Various Dart lifeboat crewmen attended Assemblies, along with Dr. John Fenton the Education volunteer, at Blackawton Primary, Stoke Fleming Primary and St John the Baptist RC Primary. The pupils dressed up as Pirates (St John’s) Sail On the Sea (Dartmouth Academy juniors) Dots and Dashes (Blackawton) or even Sporty Or Stylish at Stoke Fleming, to fit in with the SOS theme.They were joined by the pupils at St John the Evangelist Primary in Totnes and contributed £317 to the SOS appeal - enough to by one of the new life jackets. The RNLI Education team also attended Assemblies for the whole age range of Dartmouth Academy to talk about SOS day and the work of the RNLI locally. The RNLI is one of three charities chosen by Dartmouth Academy this year. The senior students dressed in Mufti and between them the students at Dartmouth Academy contributed £413 - enough for one and a quarter lifejackets. In all the schools contributed £730 which is even more than last years record total.
Photographs of the various SOS 2012 events can be found in the Photo gallery of this site.
John Fenton, Dart RNLI Education volunteer.
Dartmouth Academy visits to the lifeboat station
Classes 5 and 6 visited on 27 and 27 November 2012. The aim was to look at boat design and how it had changed over the centuries. All types of lifeboat were looked at from the earliest on the Dart in 1878 up to the new Shannon class which is yet to go into service. Half each class took a close look at the D class inshore lifeboat and the crew explained why things were designed in the boat as they were. The other half of the class watched video of the historical early lifeboats right through to the modern Severn, Tamar and Shannon classes as well as the E boats on the Thames. When asked what they had learnt that they had not heard of before the students talked about the Hovercraft that can carry out rescues on mudflats where there is no water for boats and the film of the B class inshore lifeboat self righting in the Training pool at the Lifeboat College.