Kids Out Visit to Marwell Zoo

Kids Out Day is an annual event organised by Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland, RIBI. Supported by the Kids Out Charity. Over 25,000 disadvantaged children nationally enjoy a fun day out.   

This year, in June, 42 year 7 students from Osborne School, accompanied by teachers, assistant teachers, carers and 2 Rotarians, Phill Jennison and Bruce Royston-Smith enjoyed a fantastic, outing to Marwell Zoo. This was the first Kids Out trip since 2019, due to Covid restrictions.

Winchester Rotary has a long-standing relationship with Osborne School. During the planning of this outing it was clear that many of the teachers were very familiar with Winchester Rotary and were looking forward to the event.

The sunny summer’s day began at Osborne School at 9.00am when Winchester Mayor, Cllr Derek Green, addressed the assembled group. The excited children were fascinated with his mayoral regalia and as on this occasion the mayor was not hurrying off to another engagement he was able to spend time chatting with the children.

The majority of the children travelled by coach with a small number needing special transport. On arrival at the zoo they were divided into smaller groups, each  heading off in a different direction to see the wide variety of animals.

Later they met up on the lawn in front of Marwell House to enjoy a packed lunch provided by Rotary.

Many of the children wrote letters of appreciation and thanks; they were very moving, it was clear they had made a big effort to write those letters. It was interesting to note what a wide variety of different animals appealed to different children. They all had one thing in common – everyone of them loved the lunch!

It is the intention of the club Youth team, through Maggie Hastie and Bruce Royston-Smith, to discuss with Osborne School staff how Winchester Rotary may become more involved in activities and events at the school.

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