Children from Stroud School, King Edward VI Preparatory, in Romsey enjoyed a trip to Moors Valley Country Park, as part of the school's mentoring scheme.
The scheme, founded in 2016, offers the chance for the school's older children to develop their leadership skills, while the younger children are supported in their transition to the prep school.
The Year 3 and Year 8 Mates scheme kicked off with an exciting adventure to Forestry England's Moors Valley, where the children enjoyed a range of activities and the opportunity to spend time with each other.
The outing included exploring the play trails, eating picnic lunches, enjoying the Tree Top Trail in complete silence to enjoy the sounds of nature, and finishing off with a play on the adventure playground – enjoyed by the older children as much as the youngsters!
Stroud School tries to bring its community together as much as possible and the introduction of the Mates scheme, now in its seventh year, has provided a structured support network between its youngest and oldest school children.
An unexpected bonus of the scheme has been how it has brought staff together.
The scheme unites Middle School and Senior School teachers to plan events, go on trips and work with colleagues they may not usually have the opportunity to spend a lot of time with.
Uniting staff across the departments has forged new relationships and encouraged more collaboration.