Unlike yesterday morning, we had the pleasure of waking some of the children (rather than the other way around). Lucia took the most nudges to be woken from her very deep slumber, closely followed by Clover. Too much talking last night perhaps?
Breakfast today consisted of bacon, potato waffles, toast, cereal, beans and porridge.
Working as a team, today’s challenge was to climb a tree, balance along a log mid air and jump to swing off a trapeze 10m off the ground. As always, the children accepted the challenge with courage, determination and perseverance (whilst the adults stayed firmly on the ground – someone had to take the photos!) Scurrying up the tree like squirrels was not a problem and many climbers managed to ring the bell at the top in no time at all. Samuel was the most improved climber of the day. Issy, Delphie, Jacob and Scarlett were particularly quick, and Maddie and Zara managed to fly through the air at great speed on their way down. There was some great teamwork from everyone.
Gorge scrambling was next on the agenda. Dressed in numerous layers and waterproofs, we headed off in search of what is affectionately known as “the elephant’s bottom” (2 large boulders placed very close together at the top of a stream of fast flowing water). With wellies that were full to the point that we could hardly lift our feet from the ground, we balanced across rocks, climbed through slippery crevices and paddled in some icy conditions before reaching a waterfall and a whirlpool. Bravely, children jumped into the water and splashed about like it was a summer’s day – it was not! We were eaten alive by midges too!
The children nimbly jumped from rock to rock, balancing carefully and with stability. The adults on the other hand, were a bit of a liability! “Just sit there and don’t move,” were our instructions. Thank you to Tom and Heidi who were particularly supportive and helpful team members in the gorge.
Whilst at the gorge, we had a few trousers that slipped down due to the force of the water and some lost wellies in the deep pool at the top!
Before leaving school, we were reassured by those staying in the comfort of their own homes that, “The weather is going to be amazing,” and “Your holiday will be great; the sun’s going to shine all week,” or, “You’ll get a sun tan!” Well, whilst it hasn’t been freezing, there’s been a few grey skies and plenty of drizzle so far!
Evening activities involved a low ropes course and a room inspection. Children’s idea of unpacking consists of emptying the entire content of their case into a mound in the middle of the room, or slap bang in the middle of the doorway, before putting the empty case onto their beds. When we questioned where they were going to sleep, we were given responses such as, “On X’s bed with them…” Settling in for some also involved removing the duvet from its cover!
Again, everyone has worked together and demonstrated great teamwork, growing responsibility (although the real test of that value will be when it comes to packing the cases on the final night), determination and perseverance.