Pirates of the turks and caicos
We are the Pirates of the Turks and Caicos!
With a hop and a skip let’s take to the ship,
hoist the sails and set off on our trip.
We’ll follow the stars to a tropical land,
said Blackbeard with the map in his hand.
He smiled his big smile and showed his gold tooth,
so all the crew knew he was telling the truth!”
Launched and ready to set sail
Our children will now be sailing on the seven seas, walking the plank and digging for treasure with the exciting new addition to our school grounds.
There is now a stunning Pirate Ship in the corner of the main playground which the children have been enjoying tremendously. This ship was recently used during our Education Week 2015 activities.
Pretty in Pink Pirates!
Our children now have the choice of the climbing wall, Arawaks camp, music garden, swings, zip line and adventure climbing frames to enjoy during their play times!
Many thanks to our partners at Waterloo Investment Holdings Ltd. who have enabled our ‘Tree House’ project to be finished.
Flying the Jolly Rodger, the pirate ship is moored in a shady spot and the perfect place to bury the booty!
Importance of Outdoor Play
An outdoor play area brings a variety of benefits to children. These range from improved learning and academic results, improved health, to the development of a positive lifestyle. Exploring the ever-changing environment of an outdoor space fuels children’s imagination and helps develop outward thinking.
There are numerous health benefits associated with children playing outdoors. The more physical nature of outdoor play develops muscle strength and improves cardiovascular health. This has knock-on benefits to learning including better quality handwriting and improved concentration.
Who were the pirates of the Turks and Caicos?
During their topic work our children have thoroughly researched the pirates of the Turks and Caicos. This will help their imaginary games up on the deck of the new ship!
Some of the most notorious pirates to be found in the pages of history have been reported as lurking in Turks and Caicos waters. Legendary pirates such Mary Read and Anne Bonne, the lady pirates who sailed with Calico Jack Rackham, Stede Bonnet the Gentleman Pirate, Benjamin Hornigold, Charles Vane, Captain Kidd, L’Olonnois, and Blackbeard.
There was even talk of Anne Bonny camping out at Parrot Cay in the 1720s, said in Pirate talk as “Pirate’s Cay”!
Another legend has it that the lost treasure of Captain William Kidd is buried somewhere in the Turks and Caicos Islands, waiting to be discovered.
We name this ship…
The next job is to think of a name for it: the children have been invited to offer suggestions. Email your ideas!
Further reading on importance of outdoor play.