Class 1 from Landewednack School enjoyed a sunny and fun packed day out on St Michael’s Mount yesterday, courtesy of The National Trust’s Guardianship Scheme. The class learned about islands, and were treated to tales by professional storyteller Mark Harandon, Captain of the West. He enthralled the children with the Cornish legend of St Michael’s Mount’s own terrorising giant Cormoran who carried cattle away dangling from his belt, and who was eventually killed by plucky local lad Jack the Giant Killer, who went on to greater beanstalk fame. The giant’s heart turned to stone, which can still be found set into the path to the castle, so it must be true!
By my calculations Penzance is in range
Class 1 loved manning the cannons, and explored the Castle with guide Catriona, who explained all about the armour, portcullis, and Giant’s spoons, not to mention the mummified cat!
For those children who have just begun school in the last few weeks, even the bus journey was a brand new exciting experience it itself.
Tall tales of giant slaying
The visit was organised as part of an ongoing Guardianship Scheme, which has fostered close links between Landewednack School and the National Trust staff locally for fifteen years. The partnership is focussed on our nature garden at the Waterings, within walking distance of the school, but each year we also try to visit Poltesco to go rockpooling and explore National Trust properties further afield, with visits to Godolphin and Lanhydrock, as well as St Michael's Mount.