Form 1 visited the Coast Watch station where volunteers man the telescopes and computers to keep watch over users of this section of coast. Prawle Point is home to just one of the many a Coast Watch stations round Britain's coast, each manned by volunteers who have taken over the role of coastguards in our cash-strapped times. Pupils were fascinated by the sophisticated but understated technology used to track ships and smaller vessels, though our hosts, the duty officers, said that in reality the Mark 1 Eyeball, assisted by the station's very powerful monocular and binoculars is often the best equipment for their purpose.
The two lady coast watch officers on duty answered numerous questions from the Form 1 pupils and when the trip was over it was gratifying to find that a message had been received at school.
'Subject: group from Brockhurst & Marlston House School-staying at Slapton Field Centre, Devon
'Just wanted to say how impressed we were when your pupils visited the National Coastwatch Station at Prawle Point today. They were all so courteous, outgoing, happy children, asking us lots of well thought out questions & behaving brilliantly. They were confident, polite, lovely children, so caring towards each other, mature & focussed. It was a real pleasure to show them round & answer so many intelligent questions.
'Teachers were lovely too! Both of us on duty are ex-teachers so know the ropes. Sometimes we dread school groups entering the Lookout- not today- they were even helpful as well as truly interested in the work we do & showed their genuine gratitude so naturally.
'Congratulations- what a lovely school it must be!
All good wishes Jenny'