A group of 18 children were invited by Ashburton Investments’ staff who volunteer each week at the school as part of the Every Child Our Future scheme.

It was the first visit to the Zoo for some children and they made the most of their time, visiting the reptile hut, orangutans, gorillas and flamingos. As part of the trip, each child received a free ice cream and packed lunch in their own souvenir lunchbox.

Every Child Our Future launched in Jersey in 2016 to help raise literacy standards for children to enable them to fully access the curriculum at both primary and secondary level. The scheme pairs children with volunteers from business or the local community who help with ability, comprehension and confidence. Springfield

Headmaster Sam Cooper “I’d like to say a huge ‘thank you’ to all the volunteers for their ongoing commitment to our children – it is very much appreciated and makes a significant difference.” “This trip is just the icing on the cake. The Year One children have been learning about Madagascar recently so visiting the lemurs and aye-ayes ties in perfectly.”

Organiser Kellie Christian said “We had been reading about animals when one of the girls said she had never seen a snake so we thought how about a trip to the Zoo.” “It’s been amazing to see and hear the children’s progress and this felt like a great way to congratulate them for their hard work and to help further their education”. “It’s been a learning curve for the children and for us but everybody has had a great time and we’re looking forward to starting again in the next school term.”

To apply to become a reading volunteer, visit www.everychild.org.gg/jersey/