Padstow – Cornwall

| July 13, 2007 | 3 Comments 

I really am a lucky man. My job now means that I get to visit some truly gorgeous places AND get to meet some gorgeous people. Today, I was invited to lead a training day for a group based around Padstow Primary school in Cornwall.

The event took place at Bedruthan Steps Hotel. What a setting!

OK – The weather this year has not been conducive to beach walks but, as my dear friend Russell says: “There is no such thing as bad weather, just the wrong clothes! Everyone needs ‘a system’” In other words, a set of wet weather gear and a walk on the beach is enough to inspire a soul.

Did manage to get in a visit to Watergate Bay, the location of Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen Cornwall. A Cornish pasty on the beach and tea at The Beach Hut. Lovely!


I have always said that I don’t advocate using virtual worlds as an alternative to getting out and about in the analogue landscapes around us. (Although, it is a lot safer and a lot less insurance than a school trip!! :-) ) There is no better experience than taking a group of children out into the world. Many schools have told me, though, the experiences children have within the classroom settings we have been developing, and the structured way these activities develop speaking and listening skills, have had a big effect on the way their classes take part in trips and camps. Groups of children sharing ideas and solving problems collaboratively and creatively, using some of the skills they have acquired in their “virtual travels”

I really enjoyed today, as we explored the digital worlds of Myst with a really imaginative group of teachers who had a great sense of humour and were up for a challenge.

Thank you to John Ratcliffe, of St Merryn school, for the nudge towards Terragen. I have often admired the landscapes created using this nifty program but didn’t realise how accessible (…and free!!!) it is.

Padstow is an inspiring place. As are many areas of Cornwall. I look forward to some return visits I shall be making in the Autumn term.

Thank you to Phil Banks, head of Padstow school for organising a great day.

Category: 1) Events and Training days

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  1. Phil Banks says:

    Hi Tim
    Thanks for a great day on Friday – just the tonic you need at the end of a hectic term like this.
    Looking forward to the buzz in school on Monday and seeing how quickly the kids begin to unlock the parts of MYST that I can’t find a way into!!
    Thanks again – look forward to meeting up again soon

  2. Hi Tim

    Many thanks indeed for a great day – it was really useful and inspiring – we’re already adapting your ‘Doors of Doom’ hyperlinked Powerpoint using Terragen BMPs to tie in with our Beowulf project! Both Alison Brook & I are looking forward to using your ideas and Myst as a stimulus for writing this September!

    Best wishes

    John Ratcliffe

  3. john winsor says:

    I am a Padstow boy, who sailed the 7 seas and now live in Canada, i have very fond memories of my youth, the beaches, the good weather.I am 73 now and havent been back since 1982, maybe some one remembers me.Anyway bye John Winsor.

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