For 11-year-olds across Cornwall Friday represented a day of change – the end of their primary school education, the start of new beginnings come September, and a chance to relax over the holidays before the hard work begins again.

In recent years it has become tradition for many year six pupils in the Duchy to head to the coast for a symbolic run into the sea, still in their uniform.

They included pupils from St Michael’s School in Helston, who gathered on the shoreline at Poldhu for one last get-together.

Falmouth Packet: There were shrieks of laughter as they ran into the seaThere were shrieks of laughter as they ran into the sea (Image: Kathy White)

Falmouth Packet: Delighted pupils celebrate the end of schoolDelighted pupils celebrate the end of school (Image: Kathy White)

Still fully clothed, they held hands as they ran into the sea, shrieking with laughter, to claps and cheers from their watching parents.

The event was organised by tree surgeon Rob Blythman, who is also a member of Mullion Coastguard.

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As the children splashed in the water, the coastguard search and rescue helicopter flew overhead, while on a training exercise along the coast.

Falmouth Packet: They ran into the sea fully clothedThey ran into the sea fully clothed (Image: Kathy White)

Helston’s other primary schools held similar events, with Parc Eglos year six pupils heading to Praa Sands and Nansloe Academy’s year group also taking a dip in the sea.

Thankfully the weather played along, with the day sunny and warm – perfect for emerging from the sea in dripping wet clothes!