Pool Academy students row boat they made from scratch

Pool Academy students have successfully rowed a boat they made from scratch across Stithians Lake.

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The school project, which started in 2015, was finally completed recently and taken to nearby waters to see if it could float.

Students had been working on the 17-foot boat project for the last two years and they were excited to finally launch it.

After confirming there were no leaks they climbed aboard and for some it was the first time they had tried rowing.

Mr Sidwell, DT Teacher at Pool Academy, has overseen the project from start to finish.

He said: “The students had a really good day rowing the boat.

“They put it in the water to check it. It all felt completely dry so two jumped in to have a go at rowing it. They each had a go, two at a time.

“It was a really positive day.”

The boat was first tested in 2015 but more work needed to be done including building in rowing positions and floor boards.

Year 9s helped to finish it by painting it black with a small image of the Cornish flag at the front.

Mr Sidwell said it’s not often a school embarks on such ambitious plans to build a boat.

He revealed there may be an opportunity in the future to start another large project.

Sarah Jackson, Learning Facilitator at Pool Academy, also attended the launch.

She said: “We took the boat out on the water and we were out there until lunch time.

“It was the first time lots of the students had rowed the boat

“It was a good day.”

The students carried out the project in their own time once a week on a Friday from 3pm-4pm. It went towards some of the students Duke of Edinburgh Award.

Students ready to row the boat they made at Pool Academy.  Charlie, Dan, Evan Connor, Connor and Rhys.

Students ready to row the boat they made at Pool Academy.  Charlie, Dan, Evan Connor,

Connor and Rhys.