What an amazing day, the children have achieved so much and are finally heading to bed at 10.10pm. Everyone looking forward to the mountain walk tomorrow and heading home. A little too exhausted for many photos or words!
Oaks awoke to another frosty but beautiful day. After a lovely breakfast of cereal and bacon butties we set off canoeing and caving. The children are really enjoying every adventure and are enthusiastic about all the challenges choosing to push themselves rather than taking the easy option. The caving children stayed dry to the end when they choose to do the toilet bowl challenge where they cropped through a hole and crawled down the pipe to the end. Mrs Siedle was really proud of her group as the team worked incredibly well together, supported their peers when things were challenging and had endless enthusiasm throughout the day.
After a shaky teamwork start carrying the canoes to the canal the canoeists saw much improvement and managed to paddle in straight lines rather than circles! They thoroughly enjoyed racing using their paddles the wrong way and searching for their largest pieces of ice.
We continue to have no homesickness or upset children.
Oaks have had the most fantastic day today. The sun shone brightly and though we had to wrap up warm (4/5 layers was decided to be correct amount) we really enjoyed our time outside. 2 groups stayed on site today to do the high ropes, zip wire and the climbing wall . There were many proud moments as children really pushed themselves despite being scared. Many children got through the high ropes course and touched the top of the climbing wall surprising themselves. What was particularly inspiring was the performance of our youngest child,Tom, who despite struggling to reach the clips was determined that both height and youth were not going to stop him from reaching the top. Also a mention to Molly who was extremely encouraging to children on the hardest past of the course.
The caving group equally had their challenges but even those who had thought themselves scared of small spaces did extremely well. All cavers did everything and went through smaller holes than they thought they could. All did the "toilet " and the "letter box"- ask older siblings. Organisation continues to be a challenge for our children with some children taking an hour to be wearing the correct outfits and have the correct equipment. Some work to do here I think! We are about to settle to our evening meal of pasta bake, salad and garlic bread and then we will be photo-orienteering outside the centre.
Oak Class have arrived at Woodlands safe and sound. After unpacking and putting duvet covers on, the children enjoyed pizza before some outdoor team building games. They have enjoyed their first evening meal of fish and chips and are looking forward to the night walk with their torches. We are promised a clear look at the stars on top of the hill.
10.30pm update: All the children are safely in tucked up in bed after a fantastic night walk in the dark where we saw shooting stars and the Milky Way! We had story time with War Horse and hot chocolate too.