Pocklington Prep School travelled back in time to meet a Tudor king, William Wilberforce and World War II pilots during a Wacky Walks fun day.
Current pupils and their families joined a fun open day for the local community on June 6, which shared the school’s rich heritage while providing outdoor activities aimed at keeping youngsters entertained.
A Mad Professor from the Rusticus Theatre Group led Wacky Walks through the school and grounds, following the Prep School’s emphasis on using co-curricular activities to encourage a fun approach to learning.
The professor gave visitors a tour of the school and explained his passion for time travel, then encouraged youngsters to find a portal in the grounds to whisk everyone back in time.
First they met boy king Edward VI, who ascended the throne in 1537, a mere 23 years after Pocklington School was founded, and were invited to paint his portrait.
Former Pocklington School pupil William Wilberforce, who attended 1771-1776, then rounded everyone up to accompany him on a peace march through the grounds.
It was there the young walkers met a World War II airman who told how the nearby airfields were used during that time.
He helped everyone to make a magnificent flying machine to fly them back to “the present,” and join in the rest of the day’s fun.
Minster FM and the Minster Monster were in attendance, handing out goody bags; local ice cream parlour Swirlz provided their delicious selection of ice creams, and local restaurant Judson’s Bar provided a BBQ.
Children were given free branded water bottles and adults were served tea and coffee.
Local dance school Pirouette Dance Academy put on street dance display.
Other activities included icing biscuits and cakes, egg race games, badge making, toy pig racing and face painting.
More than 70 families attended the day, which was free of charge and held with the aim of thanking the local community for its support.
Visitors were invited to have a look round the school campus and learn more about the events and people which have shaped it over 500 years. Activities were planned around the school’s emphasis on relating learning to real-life experiences where possible.
Ian Wright, Head of Prep School said: “The number of visitors was amazing. There was a really great atmosphere and a chance to show Pocklington how much we appreciate being part of the community.
“It was great to see so many people taking an interest in our Prep School and learning more about what we do here.”