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Liverpool City Region Students Embark On A Tall Ship Voyage From Penzance For A Unique Experience

Liverpool City Region Students Set Sail On A Tall Ship Voyage From Penzance Paticipating In The Sir Ken & Lady Dodd Tall Ship Experience In Collaboration With The Merseyside Adventure Sailing Trust

Year 10 students from St Francis Xavier’s College, St Julie's Catholic High School, and Gateacre School participating in the Sir Ken and Lady Dodd Tall Ship Experience, having been invited to participate by the Merseyside Adventure Sailing Trust (Credit: Supplied By Publicist).
Year 10 students from St Francis Xavier’s College, St Julie's Catholic High School, and Gateacre School participating in the Sir Ken and Lady Dodd Tall Ship Experience, having been invited to participate by the Merseyside Adventure Sailing Trust (Credit: Supplied By Publicist).

Embarking on an opportunity of a lifetime was 12 students who began their voyage from Penzance to Liverpool, earlier this July.


St Francis Xavier’s College (SFX) was invited by the Merseyside Adventure Sailing Trust (MAST) to participate in its Sir Ken and Lady Dodd Tall Ship Experience. The invitation follows the success and students’ enjoyment of the charity’s Three Cities Voyage last year which saw them sailing from Dublin.


This year, SFX invited its neighbouring schools, St Julie's Catholic High School and Gateacre School to join the trip. Four Year 10 students from each school came together to take part in the MAST voyage.


MAST is a charity founded by Jim Graves B.E.M that provides opportunities for young people to develop their full potential and improve their mental health through sail training. In April, its first office, based in Birkenhead in the Liverpool Borough of Wirral, was officially opened by Lady Anne Dodd, president of the trust.

'I am eager to learn, and the experience of learning to sail is exciting. It’s something I have never tried before, and I am looking forward to the experience and being part of the crew.' - A Year 10 student from Gateacre School talking about the experience.

After a long drive down to Penzance from the Liverpool City Region yesterday, students were provided with the necessary health and safety training to ‘learn the ropes’ and partook in a range of team-building exercises to get to know their new crewmates.


On-board, they will work together to support the operation of the ship each day, developing their sail skills. Whether it be through steering the ship, climbing the rigs, or controlling the mast, a practical taste of what careers in the maritime industries look like will be appreciated.


After five days at sea, the SFX, St Julie’s and Gateacre students arrived back in the shores of the Liverpool Bay Area on Friday the 14th of July.


The trip aims to act as a positive and supportive experience for the young people involved, as they are able to enhance their teamwork abilities, communication skills, and resilience in a unique and exciting way.


MAST has also shaped the experience in a way that means students will leave feeling more confident, inspired, and motivated to continue fulfilling their potential in other aspects of their lives.


One of the participating SFX students, said: 'I think it will be an amazing and rewarding experience, something that I may not get the chance to do again. It will also be a valuable asset to my CV and something that may help me to decide on my career choices.'


A Year 10 student from Gateacre School, commented: 'I am eager to learn, and the experience of learning to sail is exciting. It’s something I have never tried before, and I am looking forward to the experience and being part of the crew.'


David Hayes, headteacher of St Francis Xavier’s College, said: 'I am certain that our students will have a fantastic time taking part in the Sir Ken and Lady Dodd Tall Ship Experience. We are looking forward to hearing about the new relationships they have formed with others in addition to the impressive skills and knowledge they will take away from it.'


Year 10 students from St Francis Xavier’s College, St Julie's Catholic High School, and Gateacre School has the exciting experience of participating in the Sir Ken and Lady Dodd Tall Ship Experience, having been invited to participate by the Merseyside Adventure Sailing Trust.


Situated in Woolton, St Francis of Xavier’s College was founded in 1842 and is the oldest Catholic day school in England.


David added: 'Thank you to MAST for providing this exciting opportunity for our young people, and for the excellent mentorship they will receive whilst on-board. At St Francis Xavier’s College, we strive to deliver the best opportunities for our children, whether that’s inside or outside the classroom, to benefit their understanding in a variety of ways, and we look forward everything planned next.'

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