Thank you for dropping the children off promptly this morning and for being so willing to let your child go! They are going to have an amazing time! The previous two Y6 classes that have gone all came back absolutely buzzing and I have no doubt that the present Y6 will be exactly the same.
Just to reassure you, I will be in contact with Mr Rowland and Mrs Hanson every day and are available to them night and day!
I will be bringing you updates daily and these should be posted by 7pm. Please feel free to respond if you would like.
If you have any concerns or worries please do contact me at school.
Update 1 Monday 19th October 1pm
I am delighted to tell you that Y6 have arrived safely and are all very excited to be in Cornwall!!! I think the week is going to go very quickly for them.
More news later!
Update 2 Monday 19th October
I can tell you the Y6 pupils have had a great first afternoon at the centre!
The planned activities slightly changed as the sea was too calm for body boarding today – everyone is hoping the sea will be rougher tomorrow! Instead, the pupils went rock climbing and did archery. ‘Archie the archer’ impressed everyone with his accuracy and skills and Lily’s shoes fell off halfway up climbing a wall which caused some excitement with the group!
Everyone is ready for a hearty dinner!
Parents – please sleep well tonight and try not to worry.. all is well. Further updates when I receive more news or this time tomorrow!
Day 2 Tuesday 20th October 1pm Update 1
Just a quick update to say the Y6s had a great evening yesterday. There were lots of team games which they all enjoyed and tired them all out! Mr Rowland confirmed that there were no disturbances during the night!
I will write another update this evening.
Day 2 Tuesday 20th October 6pm Update 2
Happy news…. your children are having an amazing time!
They have had an action packed day… Breakfast started with toast, baked beans, scrambled eggs, hash browns and cereal …mmmm! This was followed by morning team building games including building a human see-saw and traversing a field of lava mushrooms! There were sandwiches for lunch.
In the afternoon the group headed out for further activities – rock climbing and coastal traversing. Mr Rowland led the rock climbing team in which Dante distinguished himself as an expert climber while Ebony and Felicity, who were initially worried about the prospect, found themselves requesting 2nd, 3rd and even 4th climbs!!! Well done girls and well done Dante too!
Coastal traversing, according to Mrs Hanson, consisted of squeezing through ever narrowing rocks in cliffs (all safe of course!).
The pupils clearly worked up an appetite for their dinner tonight – roast chicken! After dinner the Y6s will be going off on a coastal walk in the dark (again all safe!)
Dear Parents, I really hope you are all fine … your children are having the time of their lives. Please sleep easy again tonight.
Day 3 Wednesday 21st October 6:30pm
I’m afraid the internet has been down in school all day due to problems with the electricity in the local area this morning so only just managing to update you…
Another GREAT day!!!
Bacon rolls for breakfast this morning which ‘pumped up’ everyone in readiness for abseiling on a wet and windy Wednesday morning in Cornwall. There was a brief climb over the cliffs which led the group to a ‘big’ drop. The Y6s has the choice whether to take the challenge and most of the pupils took this up! The pupils (and Mr Rowland!) apparently looked nervous as they went over the edge but all transformed into beaming smiles before they reached the bottom! A magnificent attitude I would say and well done to everyone for pushing themselves to do something very different from normal. You should be proud of yourselves.
Lunch consisted of delicious ‘proper’ Cornish pasties and sausage rolls…yum! Everyone was ready for these.
The afternoon was spent doing coastal traversing – a combination of clambering over rocks and boulders and then squeezing through tight crevasses. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves and were pretty much exhausted after all the exercise.
Dinner tonight is going to be spaghetti bolognaise which, no doubt, will go down well! Tonight’s entertainment includes ‘nightline’ – a blindfolded assault course and an egg drop… I look forward to hearing how that goes Y6!
The Y6 pupils and staff are having a wonderful experience and the time is going very quickly. Only 2 more sleeps…!
Enjoy your evening everyone and more updates tomorrow.
Day 4 Thursday 22nd October 2015 Update 5:30pm
The Y6s started the day having yoghurt and Pain au Chocolat for breakfast… mmmmm (again!). They then suited up for an amazing canoeing session on a local canal. The water was freezing cold but everyone enjoyed the experience.
This afternoon everyone went body boarding! Hooray! Apparently this was absolutely thrilling – huge waves which everyone found really exciting! The sun decided to peek through the Cornish clouds too. I can almost sense the happy energy and am so pleased the sea managed to get a bit rougher so the Y6s could all experience body boarding in Cornish waters… wish I had been there to see them!
Tonight there is a barbecue for dinner followed by a disco as it is the last night (unbelievable!)
Your children have had loads and loads of fun and have certainly learned things about themselves and their friends that they did not realise before. I am proud of everyone and cannot thank you enough for letting your child attend such an amazing residential. They will always remember this as a special part of their time at Stoborough School.
The Y6s will be leaving Cornwall straight after lunch tomorrow and are due back about 5:30pm. If they are going to be late I will post a message on the banner on the homepage of the website. I will also write a message in this blog to let you know so please keep checking the website for any updates.
Well, only tonight to go and then you will have the whole of half term to enjoy together and to catch up on all things Cornwall! Enjoy your evenings and sleep well!
Friday 23rd October update 6pm
Lovely to have you all back Y6. I sincerely hope you all enjoyed your week and have a good rest over the half term holiday! Your families have missed you!