A shining example is set by city children

Community chef Robin van Creveld with, left to right, James Risby, Skye Bloomfield and Shanon Nightingale. Inset, Robin gives a cooking demonstration to pupils
Community chef Robin van Creveld with, left to right, James Risby, Skye Bloomfield and Shanon Nightingale. Inset, Robin gives a cooking demonstration to pupils
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Youngsters were left beaming with delight after they had the opportunity to sample a range of new experiences and exciting activities during a very special week at their school.

Pupils at Flying Bull primary and nursery in Buckland, Portsmouth made the most of Shine Week, organised by their teachers to offer some thought-provoking fun at the end of term.

Community chef Robin van Creveld gives a cooking demonstration to pupils

Community chef Robin van Creveld gives a cooking demonstration to pupils

Everyone launched the week by dressing up as a personal hero, with costumes ranging from Einstein and John Lennon to nurses, fireman and members of the armed forces.

Teachers and support staff also put on a variety of workshops for youngsters including judo, boxing, knitting, tap dancing, gardening, sketching, soup-making and tent construction.

In assemblies throughout the week, pupils were introduced to different visitors who showcased how they ‘shine’, and the school’s resident community chef Robin van Creveld showed children and their parents how to ‘cook the curriculum’.

David Duku, six, was particularly taken with the boxing session. He says: ‘Boxing was great! I didn’t know I could do it. It made me happy to learn something new.’

Liliana Cantini, six, says: ‘Tap dancing was my favourite activity because we got to perform a dance and then show off our skills.’

Bradley Hoare, 11, spent valuable time in the kitchen. He says: ‘I learned a new life skill! I made some soup which was delicious. I’m going to start making it at home.’

Taylor Chearman, nine, who also enjoyed the culinary activities, adds: ‘My mum and I made pizza and bread after school with the community chef.

‘It was really tasty. There are lots of foods that I do not like, but during the cooking I tried some new flavours.’

Roman Johnson, four, dressed as his hero – a fire officer. He says: ‘Firemen help and save people. I’d like to do that job when I’m grown-up’.

Georgina Mulhall, deputy headteacher, thanked Heart of Portsmouth Community in Partnership for funding the successful event.

She says: ‘It gave the children a fantastic opportunity to try things they wouldn’t normally have a chance to try, and it also allowed our staff to share their interests, skills and talents.

‘Everyone had such a great and productive time – so much so that we’ve already committed to doing it again next summer.’