Monday 16th September - Friday 20th September 2019
Monday 16th September 2019
Our journey down was smooth and we arrived exactly on time. This afternoon's activities included skiing, climbing, an initiative course (physical problem solving) and archery.
Many of the children found skiing tricky to get used to but some seemed to take to this skill almost naturally. Sidnee, Kiera and Matthew particularly shone, and a special mention must go to Joshua, Kyrin and Sam F - who all showed resilience in conquering a difficult technique.
On the initiative course, children learnt the value of teamwork: listening to one-another, sharing ideas, and learning that when trying one method 3 times - and the outcome being the same - try something different. Lewis's selflessness was highlighted by the instructors, as was his agility in the 'wall task'! Aiden C's leadership and problem solving skills stood out on the initiative course and Aimee was commended for sharing her ideas and speaking up in front of her group. Both Aiden and Aimee also overcame a slight claustraphobic feeling in the man-made caves to come out triumphant.
On the climbing wall, Sofia, James, Charlie and Mr Knights all demonstrated great strength and dexterity to scale the vertical challenges that had stood before them.
Below the climbers and out of sight stood an archer to compare to Robin Hood, or the Arrow, in Gracie. She regularly hit the bullseye and looked as if she had been firing arrows all her life.
As I write this, the children are tucked up in beds asleep. Except for the groups of boys playing torch lightsabers... but I'm sure it won't be long before they are asleep too.
Tomorrow's actions starts out on the water with sailing and kayaking. Until then, goodnight.
Tuesday 17th September 2019
Good morning all,
Fresh from a good night's sleep, I bring you a full report from yesterday.
The morning began on the water with all children being involved in either kayaking or sailing. Niamh and Kiera set the pace in the sailing group, cutting through the waves with ease.
The kayaking group had many children who had a very enjoyable time. Carson, who had never kayaked before, excelled. For many, kayaking was a tricky skill to master but all the children perservered and eventually had a great time paddling around. No one epitomised this more than Emily, who decided she didn't want to go back in the water after a break. She sat in the boat and edged towards the water. Before long she was out in the pontoon and having a great time.
One of the instructor's (Matt) commented that the Sprites group was "the best school he has worked with all season". He went on to praise the children's manners, resilience and effort. This was particularly noticeable all day from Carson - who helped almost everyone he was in contact with with their bouyancy aids - and Montana, whose perseverance and positive attitide to all activities has shone through.
After lunch, a combination of the inititive course, velodrome cycling, climbing and skiing was the order of the day. A special mention must go to Kiera-Mei and Leo C here. Both were nervous about riding bikes yet both managed to round around the velodrome, on bikes with no brakes! Well done to those for conquering their fears. Evie and Oscar took to cycling easily, speeding round the velodrome.
On the climbing walls, Ashleigh was very comfortable and rushed up the wall at breakneck speed. Sharna's exploits on the wall need to mentioned as well. Sharna did not feel as comfortable as Asheligh but improved at every attempt and kept going even when she found it difficult.
Over on the initiative course, another instructor (Charlotte) spoke highly of her group's teamwork, saying they were the best she'd led! Sam S was particularly good at giving advice and demonstrating leadership. Kacey was also picked out for her incredibly positive attitude and encouragement towards others. This was especially important when helping Mrs Shooter out of a sticky situation in the caves!
Today's activities have already started well, with three groups heading off to the new Forest and the other two taking part in the Team Swing or shooting.
The children are having a great time and are a credit to the school and their families.
Mr Hitchin, Mr Knights, Mrs Grimwood and Mrs Shooter