SPORTING pupils from Terra Nova had an action-packed Easter break as they completed the school’s annual Jersey tour.

From April 14 to 18, two girls’ hockey teams, the under 11 and 13 football teams and under 11 rugby teams joined teams from seven other UK prep schools to take part in training and tournaments on the island.

They took part in training at the beginning of the week, which was delivered by coaches from Jersey, Malta and the UK. On Thursday, they were well prepared for their tournaments against the other prep school teams, as well as teams from Jersey schools and sports clubs.

Terra Nova’s Director of Sport Nia Linnell was one of the staff members who accompanied the children.

She said: “The standard of play was extremely high, and our teams performed well. Our boys took 3rd place in both the under 11 and 13 competitions, the girls won the hockey, and the boys’ rugby team came second.

“The boys had a female football coach who pulled no punches and gained their respect from the start. It was good for them to work with different coaches with different styles, and they developed new skills.”

The pupils also had the chance to visit the famous Durrell Zoo, named after author and naturalist Gerald Durrell, where they received a guided tour and participated in a hands-on workshop with some of the animals.

The pupils will remember their tour for another reason too – they also adopted a red river hog called Lola at the zoo.