An Idyllic Life: Village School Activities

Ever time we have friends over for a visit and they see little T’s school, they always comment on what an idyllic life she has, growing up in our little village by the sea, where everywhere you look is beautiful.

Little T goes to a small village school with a population of probably about sixty children.  Yes, it is that small.  Their school activities include days spent on the beach, exploring around our little village and their latest, doing a nature-inspired dance routine in a meadow, down in the village.

T’s class getting ready for their performance.

We were so proud when we learned that little T actually volunteered to read in front of everyone during the activity.  And she did it brilliantly!  In fact, when her friend stalled and couldn’t read a word, T helped her out by whispering it to her friend.  This little gesture warmed my heart.

Moments like these make me really proud as a parent, more than a perfect score in spelling or maths.  Being kind and helpful is more valuable than perfect scores.

And there’s my little munchkin eating her picnic lunch with her friends.  This was actually only part one of their activity.

The second part was held at the beach in Port Isaac, another lovely seaside village, now made famous by Doc Martin (a television program featuring a grumpy doctor played by Martin Clune).  I love that show, though don’t be fooled.  In the episodes, it is always sunny.  In reality, you’ll be lucky if you get a sunny day, especially if you visit after the summer holidays.   But we were lucky that day, the weather was just perfect!

And at the end of their activity, they were given little bottles to fill up with sand, a little memento  from their day’s activity.

The parents went home proud of their little ones performance, the teachers were also beaming.  They knew they did a great job and we certainly agreed with them.

What about you?

What’s your children’s school like?


Would you like to live in a place like this?


  1. Kriss MacDonald

    My twins also go to a village school which we and they both love. How wonderful though that you have the seaside also!

    • Village schools I think are the best! T wouldn’t survive in a big school in the city. She’s a confident little girl because of her school 🙂

  2. domesstique

    Wow! We are in a small village and Olivia go to a village school – she loves it but, wowzers the seaside and all is stunning! How sweet of little T helping our her friend reading. xx

  3. Coombe Mill

    How lucky we are, our kids love beach days from school too, there really are some lovely upsides of living here in Cornwall. Oliver sounds like she did really well with her reading and so touching to see her helping others out too. Thank you for sharing with me on Country Kids.

    • While I still miss living in the city, I would never dream of moving little T away from her friends and this lovely little village school.

  4. snoozing on the sofa

    Our school doesn’t come with a beach, but all our friends are there, so we’ll keep it.

    • Apart from the beach, T’s friends (and her school) are a few of the reasons why I refuse to leave the countryside even though I miss the craziness of city-living.

  5. Kate @ Did That Just Happen?

    I think that is very idyllic; however, no way! Lol. I couldn’t do it!

  6. Louise (Little Hearts, Big Love)

    Little T’s school sounds amazing and how kind of her to help her friend out – what a proud moment for you. So good for children to enjoy being outdoors and I love the sound of a nature-inspired dance performance in the meadow – looks like the weather was kind to you all too! 🙂

  7. RachelInRealLife

    I think my Cheeky Chap would love that school, he adores the Devon seaside town and we visit and the countryside but I don’t think the village life is for me. We are lucky that despite living in Bristol, we live on the outskirts and are close to lots of open space as well as the city centre.

  8. What a lovely post! It sounds like she did so well 🙂 Her school sounds so different from my daughter’s school – which has 400+ pupils and is in a village, but close to a town. It’s still an amazing school though and the kids get some great opportunities, but the opportunities are a bit more mainstream!
    Thanks very much for linking with Loud ‘n’ Proud.

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