Last week National Trust Jersey with the support of Ogier launched a new free programme for primary schools at 16 New Street, entitled "A Traditional Christmas".
More than 300 Year 2 school children explored the Trust’s magnificent Georgian townhouse museum and took part in a range of immersive activities – from stirring the Christmas pudding and laying the table for a ten-course Christmas feast, to learning a traditional dance and taking part in an historical quiz.
The programme was put together by the Trust’s House and Collections Manager, Catherine Ward, who carefully linked the activities with the curriculum to ensure that as many schools as possible would take part.
Alongside their sponsorship, Ogier also sent volunteers along to support the delivery of the workshops.
Head of Marketing at Ogier Kate Kirk said: "Education is at the heart of Ogier's corporate social responsibility initiatives and, having sponsored "A Miller's Life" at Le Moulin de Quétivel in the autumn, we were delighted to support "A traditional Christmas" for younger students at 16 New Street.
"Feedback from the 300 Year 5 students who visited the watermill earlier this year was that their experience was both fun and educational, so we were pleased to continue this support for the National Trust's education work with the Traditional Christmas. It was a great opportunity for Ogier volunteers to see for themselves how history has been brought to life for young people in the Island."
Catherine said: "Historic buildings provide first-hand experiences that cannot be recreated in the classroom – an opportunity for pupils to engage with real objects, real stories, real people and real environments. To ensure that every child had a memorable visit, we tried to provide as many hands-on activities as possible to ensure that there was something to appeal to everyone."