Friday 12th May 2017
Happy Birthday Derren and Keira!
It's home time today - the week has flown by because everyone has been having so much fun! The children really enjoyed the disco last night and took a little longer to settle to sleep after this and getting their bags packed before bed time. They have hopefully had a decent enough night's sleep though to get them through their final two activities this morning:
Group 2 have Fencing and High Ropes
Group 3 have Initiative Exercises and Fencing
After lunch we will be getting on the coach at 1pm and starting our journey up to Liverpool where we will have a packed lunch tea before getting on the boat - please keep your fingers crossed for calm seas! Looking forward to seeing everyone at the Sea Terminal at 10pm.
Thursday 11th May 2017
The activities for our final full day at Manor Adventure are:
|Group 2||Group 3|
|Low Ropes||Obstacle Course|
Here are a few photos from today's activities:
Everyone showed great skill on the lake this morning with the Canoe and Kayaking sessions - it was nice to do these all together as one large group. Nathan was an excellent kayaker - hunting Mr. Coole down in the zombie game until he tired him out and infected him too! No-one fell in so those who were disappointed at not getting soaked, Jake D, Derren and Josh went for a nice swim at the end of the session - grouping together and doing 1, 2, 3 dunk a number of times. It's all on video camera! Ha, ha!
There were a few falls on the Low Ropes this afternoon with Ciaran and Josh forgetting their duties as each others 'Fist of Friendship' at times and allowing each other to take a tumble - at one point Josh ended up in the mud and lost his boots in there. Luckily Shaun was at hand to show off his fishing skills by getting a stick and fishing them out! Leah and Lee were partnered up and did a great job supporting each other - Leah even had the confidence to perfect her sassy walk on the obstacles - she's got it perfect now and showed it off again at the disco with the rest of the group following behind - very funny! Aaron and Derren were also very confident on the Low Ropes and great 'Fists of Friendship' for each other - well done everyone!
Group 3 worked brilliantly as a team on the Obstacle Course - Keira was 'terrified' of every obstacle and thought she couldn't do anything but managed every single one with ease and a laugh and smile - it's all about the drama and suspense! They had Tom, one of their favourite instructors, for this and as he complimented him on their skill and teamwork it was lovely to hear them compliment him back and thank him for his skill in teaching them new skills.
Our final session of the afternoon for Group 2 was Climbing and that showed us that Spiderman has daughters as well as sons with Ashleigh taking to the climbing wall first and flying up (she should take up climbing as a hobby!) - Maddie, Marcus, Shaun and Lee did the same and showed great skill and determination.
Group 3 had the High Ropes and we couldn't believe how well they did on this - Orry and Rhys looked like they were taking a stroll along the pavement - never mind about 20 feet up in the air! Connor, Jake CF, Evie and Luke all managed it with ease also and Kelsey used her special screaming power to get all the way up and round! The rest of the group managed to meet their own personal goals too - well done everyone!
Wednesday 10th May 2017
The children (and staff) all seemed to sleep really well again last night, shattered after their busy day of activities. They have another busy day today - here is what they will be up to. Mr. Coole has drawn the short straw and has to do the long bike ride for a 2nd day running!
|Group 2||Group 3|
|Initiative Exercises||Crate Stacking|
|Raft Building||Low Level Cycling|
|Stand Up Paddle Boarding||Low Level Cycling|
|Evening Walk||Evening Walk|
Group 2 started their day with the Abseiling and did a brilliant job - challenging themselves to reach their own personal targets. Tom the instructor told the children there were 3 levels they had to work through - Level 1 - get to the top of the stairs, Level 2 - go out and stand at the top of the wall, Level 3 - tip yourself over the wall and abseil. Everyone made it to Level 2 (twice) and most of the children managed Level 3! There was so much support for one another and everyone should feel proud of their achievements.
Group 3 started their day with the Blind Trail - they had pretty good listening skills and managed the whole trail without out too many breakouts!
Group 2 followed this with a range of problem solving exercises called Initiative Exercises and completed all the challenges they chose.
Group 3 had the Crate Stacking next and did excellently - their group were told they had to get to 12 crates high and nearly all of them managed it as you can see from a couple of the photos below - it is pretty high. There were a few who managed to get to Level 12 even though they had a wobble on from about crate 6 or were screaming and saying they were scared from about the same point! Brilliant!It was Group 2’s turn on the lake this afternoon with the rafting and paddle boarding - they had a brilliant time even though a lot of them spent more time in the water than on the boards themselves, they had plenty of stories to tell at tea time.
The whole of Group 3 did amazingly well in the road cycling this afternoon being the best group of the week so far - completing the whole 9 mile cycle with 40 minutes of their session to spare! Another school had completed it in the morning but they were 10 minutes late! They were so determined and kept together brilliantly as a team - never leaving anyone behind! They even managed to do 40 minutes on the field track too and have a go at the jump. Amazing effort everyone!
We all finished the day with a 3 mile Evening Walk around the village and along the river which was lovely. Everyone will sleep well again tonight!
Tuesday 9th May 2017
The children went to bed in really good time last night and have slept through until now (7.15/7.30am). They are all looking forward to their nice cooked breakfasts this morning at 8.15am before a busy day. The weather is glorious so it should be a really good (and relatively clean!) day! Looks like they are going to be getting dusty rather than muddy this week...
Here is what they have in store today - hopefully Mr Coole will get to do a good update with more photos around the tea time break today...
|Group 2||Group 3|
|Crate Stacking||Low Ropes|
|Low Level Cycling||Raft Building|
|Low Level Cycling||Stand Up Paddle Boarding|
What a brilliant day we have had so far - again with many children challenging themselves to overcome their fear of heights. In the abseiling Keira and Jake D were initially reluctant when they first went up but then managed to do two brilliant walks down the wall just like everyone else and perfected their techniques on the second run and really enjoyed it. It is amazing to watch the children find something within themselves to overcome these fears and to hear the rest of the group's encouragement of them.
In the Crate Stacking it was Lee and Ashleigh who managed to reach the maximum height allowed of 11 crates with everyone else giving it a really good go. Josh's Hulk impressions were hilarious - he's coming up with catchphrases like they are going out of fashion!
Here are a few photos of Group 2 doing the Obstacle Course this morning and Group 3 on the Low Ropes trail. As you can see from the photos the children are really working well together in teams to help each other out. The staff at Manor Adventure have commented on our groups being some of the best they've ever seen for team work - so well done everyone! Keep it up! Maddie always finds the time to find some really encouraging words for anyone she can see has been struggling with things - even if they are not in her pair or team. She seems to understand the power of encouragement in helping others. Shaun made everything on the Obstacle Course look easy and Aaron did a brilliant job of getting up and over all of the high obstacles that came in his path - really listening to the encouragement and learning the best techniques to use.
This afternoon Group 2 enjoyed a nice long cycle out on the roads whilst Group 3 got very wet on the lake. On the lake in the afternoon it was only Nathan who managed to stay completely dry with Kelsey almost making it but falling in at the last minute. Luke spent most of the afternoon in the water along with Keira who did a few spectacular dives - even coming up spitting out water at one point!
On the roads it was Lee and Derren who managed to keep up with the leading instructor and Mr. Coole on every hill climb - never once stopping until they had reached the stopping points at the top. Marcus was determined to give the cycling a go and really gained in confidence on the bike in the afternoon with some one-to-one tuition.
As the sun has been really shining today we had a BBQ in the garden for our evening meal.
Below are some photos from the Blind Trail and Climbing wall from Tuesday evening.
The Blind Trail wasn't its usual muddy self but there was still lots of fun to be had watching the children try to follow instructions without the sense of sight. Ciaran thought that the sense of smell might come in useful when trying to keep up with the rest of the team - he might be right after 2 days here! Leah was gutted by the lack of mud on the Obstacle Course and Blind Trail - she didn’t want to just get dusty she wanted to get covered from head to toe in real mud!
Who knew Spiderman had so many sons with Jake CF, Rhys, Connor, Nathan and Orry all managing to make it to the very top of the climbing wall and making it look very easy by doing it so quickly and with great technique. Evie nearly drew blood as she determinedly clawed her way up the wall as high as she could go - gripping the wall itself if there wasn’t a hand hold in reach!
Monday 8th May 2017
After a very early start meeting together in the Sea Terminal at 6.15am this morning we made it safely to Manor Adventure for 3pm. Mr. Coole was very impressed with how quickly everyone got organised getting the bags checked in and being first on the boat - thanks everyone for your efficiency! The sailing was a little bit rough to begin with but it soon calmed down and all the children travelled pretty well.
Once we arrived at Abernant Lake Hotel the children had a quick introduction to Manor Adventure and then were sent straight into their first activities: Group 2 had Archery and Group 3 had the Lake Challenge - everyone gave both activities a good go. Mrs Cassidy was the winner in the archery for this session - even beating herself in the end!
Everyone found something to eat at tea time with a choice of braised beef, tandoori chicken, vegetable lasagne or BBQ pork and this set them up well for swapping activities in the evening. Again it was a member of staff winning the Archery session - well done Mrs Mellon! The Lake Challenge was enjoyed by all too with some children really testing their confidence with heights - even if they didn't manage to complete it!
The weather has been lovely this afternoon so we are hopeful that this has set in for a few days now - it's looking good until at least Thursday. Everyone is settled in bed now after a long day so hopefully they'll get a good night's sleep ready for tomorrow's fun.