Saturday 27th October 2018
I am sure Y6 are getting excited about their week in Cornwall. Please remember they need to carry their own bags but pack lots of layers and underwear! I will keep you updated daily and will hope to post new information on the website by 7pm while your children are away. Please do not worry, they are going to have the most fantastic time!
Monday 29th October
I am delighted to say that the children and staff have arrived safely and are already getting busy with their afternoon activities! I will post another message later this evening.
Good evening All!
The Y6 pupils have had a great start to their stay and have been busy with lots of team building games. This included leading a blindfolded partner around an obstacle course – never easy, as you can imagine. This was apparently hilarious and Jess and Juliet got into all sorts of knots to everyone’s amusement, including the girls! The children then had to balance a giant human see-saw and operate a huge claw game in teams. This became more challenging when speaking was forbidden! The weather is beautiful but very chilly!
The children and staff will be having their supper shortly and then doing more team building activities this evening.
Dear parents, please do not worry, the children are already having a great time and are all safe and secure. This week will be amazing for them and something they will always remember. Try to sleep easy and relax – the week will go very quickly and they will be back before you know it!
Good night everyone and speak to you again tomorrow,
Tuesday 30th October 1:30pm
Just a quick update to say that all children are fine and they had a good evening. Supper last night was chicken nuggets, chips and peas followed be delicious brownies and ice-cream. This morning there was a substantial breakfast of: cereals, toast, bacon, hash browns and beans – all ready for a full on day!
This morning the children were put into two groups, one doing archery and the other going body boarding. I am sure they are all having a great time!
There will be another update later. I do hope you are all having a good day!
Everyone woke up this morning to a beautiful view of mist rising from the sea – a rarity that even the staff had not witnessed before. After breakfast the Y6 pupils split into our groups – A off body boarding and B to archery. Group A pulled on their wetsuits and braved the cold of Widemouth Bay. Isabelle was adamant that she would not enjoy the water but by the end of the session was rethinking her Christmas presents – bodyboard and wetsuit! (good luck with that!). Xan and Harley couldn’t resist the temptation to challenge themselves in the deep and surged in with great speed. Meanwhile members of group B were playing Robin Hood on the archery range overlooking the bay. Rufus distinguished himself as a master marksman and we were delighted to be joined by Bella while we were there. Appallingly, Carla made it her mission to ‘sink’ Mr Rowland’s battleship during the archery games and took great delight when she succeeded! (Well done Carla!).
We all met back up for lunch – sandwiches, crisps and biscuits that were eagerly devoured. After lunch, it was B’s turn to head out body boarding which, despite the weather and some of the girl’s insistance, wasn’t too cold and we had great fun catching the waves. Group A faced an extremely challenging afternoon: a sheer 80ft abseil onto the beach (please do not worry – full health and safety guidance adhered to). Whilst everyone managed to get harnessed up and braved looking over the edge, six extremely brave adventurers actually managed the monumental task of reaching the bottom-including recent arrival Leon! Flo demonstrated excellent leadership skills by encouraging her peers to attempt the task and also commending those who did not quite make it. Great to know you are working as a team and encouraging each other – just what we expect of all Stoborough pupils. Also, wonderful that you are pushing yourselves and attempting things you might have not done before. It certainly takes a lot of courage to look over a drop like that!
The children and staff are about to go and have supper and there will then be further activities this evening. Everyone is fine and children and staff are having a great time, so no need to worry.
It’s Tuesday so only three more sleeps! Enjoy your evening everyone and I’ll write more tomorrow.
Wednesday 31st October 10:30am
Good morning parents!
I hope you are all fine and managing to relax a little while your child is in Cornwall.
A quick update for you…
Dinner last night was roast chicken followed by some delicious profiteroles. The children and staff then grabbed their torches and set out on a coastal walk. Everyone was driven a couple of miles down the coast to the starting point and then they began their trek back to base along beaches and cliffs. It was beautiful and everyone was tired when they got back!
This morning’s breakfast was sausage baps, accompanied by cereal and toast which will be necessary to fuel their day of canoeing, surfing, rock climbing and coastal traversing! We all hope you have a fantastic time!
There will be another update later this evening.
This morning group B were scheduled to go surfing, but due to some huge waves, it was decided to change to another session of bodyboarding. The increased power of the waves was a lot to contend with, especially for the smaller members of the group! They had plenty of wipeouts but it was lots of fun and they have plenty of photos and videos to show everyone when they return. Highlights includes Ben running Mr Rowland over on his board after a particularly strong wave! (Good aim Ben!)
In the afternoon, Miss Mullane and Mr Rowland switched groups and Mr Rowland went rock climbing with group A. We eagerly got in the minibus for a short drive and walk to our destination – a cliff overlooking the beach! The first task was to scramble up a rocky incline to a ledge where they found they would be climbing up a sheer rock face. One by one, everyone scrambled at least part way up the climb before abseiling back down. Flo and Xan demonstrated super spiderman skills and were up and down in record time, while Caitlin worked hard to conquer her fears and reach the half way point (brilliant Caitlin – well done on overcoming your fears – exemplary!).
Miss Mullane’s group started the day canoeing on the canal in Bude. Two canoes were lashed together to create one team raft and they were off on their journey. The instructors were impressed by the teams expertise and commended their listening skills and teamwork. At the end, everyone leapt in the freezing waters and had to scramble back to the boat – except Chris who was happy to float merrily in the lock (very sensible Chris!). In the afternoon, Miss Mullane took group B coastal traversing – scrambling across rocks and through crevasses. Bella challenged herself to manoeuvre into the tiny of gaps while Darcy confidently gave clear instructions on where to step and Rufus impressed everyone with his geological knowledge (thank you Darcy and Rufus!).
Tonight’s activities will be an egg drop challenge and nightlines after spag bol for dinner!!
We are all so pleased you are having such a brilliant time! It sounds like you are really pushing yourselves and working well encouraging each other too – well done! Have a great evening Y6 and staff! Miss Corbin
Only two sleeps to go…!
5:30pm Thursday 1st November
Here is today’s update…
The Y6 pupils and staff had a thoroughly exciting evening last night! After dinner, they split into the two groups for two activities – nightlines and egg drop. The egg drop was a contest to build a structure capable of catching an egg dropped from a height – using just 3 bamboo canes, a bin bag, some kitchen roll and string. Some interesting designs were created and when tested at the end of the night, 4 of our 6 structures successfully protected the egg. The winning team was judged to be the one closest to the ground – Xan, Harley, Annabell, Evie, Chris. Brilliant D.T. everyone! Well done!
Nightlines involved blindfolding the whole team and setting them loose on a outdoor course. Each person had to hold a guide rope with their right hand while keeping their left on the shoulder of the person in front, relying on their leader to warn them of impending obstacles. Unfortunately, we had to cut our task short due to an oncoming storm and removed our blindfolds just in time to see a huge bolt of lightning light up the whole sky over the bay. It was truly amazing and something not to be missed!
Breakfast this morning came in the form of pastries, yoghurt and fruit which were eagerly eaten. Once plates had been cleared, group A went out for a second session of bodyboarding. The surf was incredible and Cass, Harley, Elliott formed a formidable team braving the surf and catching the double waves. All had most amazing fun and didn’t want to come back in!
Meanwhile group B ventured off to Bude canal to try their hands at canoeing. Two canoes were strapped together to create one big 14 man raft with Mr Rowland sat at the back commanding the paddlers. The crew made an impressive job of the various manoeuvres and tasks assigned by the instructors before facing the final challenge: a plunge into the chilly waters. Much screaming and shivering ensued and then the team had to paddle their way back to our starting point. Needless to say, everyone was very glad to jump into the hot showers when we got back! Great stamina everyone!
For lunch we had more rounds of sandwiches before setting off for our afternoon activities. This time, Mr Rowland took group A off coastal traversing, when Kyla and Annabell did really well to overcome their fears and squeeze through gaps in the rocks while the rest of the group did fantastically at encouraging each other.
Group B spent the afternoon rock climbing and abseiling. Rufus headed straight up the rock face at heart speed. Jess, Amber and Bella egged each other on and faced their fears to achieve the climb and the whole group managed to get to the top. On the way and back in the van, we listened to some thumping tunes. Brilliant you all achieved this – we are proud of you Y6!
Dinner tonight will be a BBQ and then we have the disco… It’s going to be a late night I think!
I want you to know that I am personally so proud of you all – you are a real credit to yourselves, your families and the whole school. You have worked brilliantly as a team, shown courage when trying new activities, been determined to succeed and have just been wonderful young people… you are all SUPERSTARS, each and every one of you! Be Proud!
A huge thank you for your contribution in making this such a special time for our pupils. I know your care, thoughtfulness and consideration will have been second to none and I am extremely grateful to you both. Thank you.
1 more sleep! The week has gone incredibly quickly and you have all been brilliant in letting your child go – thank you! I have enjoyed reading your contributions too.
This will be my last update. As far as I am aware the children are due back tomorrow about 4:30pm/ 4:45pm. I will be in contact with Mr Rowland during the journey and if this is likely to change I will post something on the banner on the Homepage of the website – please look out for this.
Everyone is brilliant!
Good night and enjoy your evenings…