THE TREGINNIS EXPERIENCE!
Every Year the Y6 class goes to stay at Treginnis Farm which is near St David's. This residential visit takes place over 6 days, leaving on a Sunday morning and returning on the following Friday. It is a great (if exhausting!) experience and is greatly anticipated by all the children as they move higher up the school and closer to Y6.
During the week the children experience life on a working farm, help to look after the animals, explore the local area, and eat fresh, local food from the farm and the surrounding area. They keep diaries of their activities, and return to school with a wealth of life experience, a fund of stories to tell, and just a little bit older and wiser!
When your child is in Y5, you will receive a letter telling you all about this Residential visit, and its cost. A non-refundable deposit is required, and the payment can be staggered over the subsequent year.
Nearer the time, you will be invited to a meeting led by the teacher taking the class when you will be given all the information you need about Treginnis, and the opportunity to ask any questions you have, particularly if you have specific concerns regarding a child's health issues.
Treginnis Farm has a fantastic team of staff who have been running these residential experiences for many years, and provide a carefully completed Risk Assessment for us.
Below you will find the list of clothes/equipment your child must, or must not bring to the Farm.
Clothing list (all items to be clearly labelled)
- Thin Waterproof coat for farm work
- Thin Waterproof trousers for farm work
- 1 pair of Wellingtons
- 1 pair of outdoor shoes (walking boots / trainers)
- Outdoor coat – for walking / other outdoor activities
- Hat, scarf, gloves (maybe/maybe not in May!)
- Long socks for inside wellingtons
- Underwear & socks
- Dressing gown / fleece
- Pyjamas / nightclothes
- Wash bag with soap, shampoo, toothbrush & toothpaste, hairbrush.
- (Face / hand cream)
For farm work:
- 3 pairs of jeans or trousers (not cropped trousers)
- 5 long sleeve t-shirts / long sleeve tops
- 3 warm jumpers / sweatshirts or fleeces
- Casual clothes for evening activities i.e. tracksuits, trousers & tops or t-shirts, jumpers – skirts / dresses / vest tops are not suitable.
NO AEROSOL SPRAYS, HAIRDRYERS / STRAIGHTENERS.
- £5 pocket money in labelled wallet (please do not send any more than this as it is not fair on those that do stick to the limit)
- Small game or book
- Pencil case
- Black bag for dirty clothes
- 1 box of healthy snacks (Nutri-grain or cereal bars) and a packet of wrapped sweets (all to be shared out during the evenings).
- Beds have pillows & duvets, but some children may want to bring their own pillow.
- Hand held computer games or I-Pods / MP3 may be brought, but the children are responsible for looking after them!
- Cameras will be essential for part of the trip but will not be allowed on all farm activities. They will also need a charger or a few sets of rechargeable batteries. We are hoping to use these for our art work.
NO MOBILE PHONES! – if there is an emergency, we will contact you.
You may get in touch with us in an emergency on the Farm Manager’s phone – 01437 720 044.
Please pack with your child so that they know what clothes / towels etc belong to them and try to label all clothes as children often have the same outfits! We will help the children pack to come home, but please forgive us if your child only comes home with half their clothes!
Please make sure you notify us of any dietary requirements / allergies as soon as possible, so that we can ensure that all children are catered for.
Please notify us on the Sunday if your child has been ill during the weekend. The farm requires that a medical form be filled out referring to any recent illnesses.
Medication will be collected and kept in the teacher's room – please label the box / item and send clear information regarding dosage instructions. Medication will only be administered by teachers. Asthma pumps must be kept in the children’s pockets during their farm work / activities.
We will be entertaining the children in the evenings – usual activities include quizzes, the talent show, games room with pool table and board games. There is no television in Treginnis!
Keeping safe and well at Treginnis.
Remember these rules:
- Always wear your Wellingtons and protective coat & trousers for farm work.
- Always wash your hands both at the site of work and back in the housing block.
- Keep thumbs and fingers out of your mouth and do not suck your thumb or sleeves.
- Always wash your hands before helping in the dining room or kitchen.
- Dip your wellies before going back to boot room.
- Do not eat or drink anything out on the farm.
- Carry tools correctly and safely.
- Do not encourage the attention of the farm dogs or cats – they are working animals, not pets.
- Always close and fasten gates and doors behind you.
- Be calm and quiet with the animals.
- Do not enter the farm areas out side working times.
- Listen carefully to your teacher and farm supervisor at all times.