Day 4Another busy day for everyone today - it was very warm today and everyone seemed to be needing plenty of water to keep up their concentration levels and to keep hydrated. We had some excellent sword fighting skills in the fencing this morning. Some people's fencing etiquette was pretty scary though... they really seemed to enjoy slapping each other in the faces with their gloves to see if their partner wanted a duel. They did have masks on though, so don't worry!
After the fencing it was straight over to the climbing wall to see how high they could go. They all managed to get at least half way before the panic set in for some and two of them managed to climb all the way to the top in super quick time.
After lunch it was back to the climbing wall for a bit of abseiling. Every single person managed to abseil off the top of the wall without any fuss - even me and Mrs Mellon! All of the children would've been happy to have had another go if there had been time.
Our last session before our barbecue was off road low level cycling. Once again everyone had a go. The field was pretty full with sheep though who kept getting on the track and needed to be chased off by the cyclists before they crashed into them. Luckily no-one did!
Everyone enjoyed the burgers, hot dogs and ice creams at the barbecue out in the garden tonight. Some were quite sad that it was our last evening meal here as they have all enjoyed the meals each day.
We joined Fairfield for a disco tonight and most of the children enjoyed a good dance all night. The only song that everyone sat down and covered their ears to was Justin Bieber as you can see from the bottom photo here. The whole dance floor cleared and the children just made noise to drown it out. A couple of our girls and one of our boys didn't stop all night. There was a little bit of mixing with Fairfield pupils but I think the 31:10 ratio put a few of our boys off dancing - or maybe dancing just isn't their thing.
One more sleep, 2 more activities and 2 more meals before we pack up the coach and set off on our journey home. Some of the children are saying they wish they could stay for longer and some can't believe the week is nearly over as they feel like it has just begun. I know they'll all be ready to get home though and enjoy some of their home comforts. I'm sure all their parents will feel like they've been away with them by the end of the weekend with all the tales they'll have to tell. What a wonderfully funny week we've had with a brilliant bunch of children.
See you all at the Sea Terminal at 10pm tomorrow.
Well what a wonderful day it has been here in Wales; weather wise and activity wise. The children have once again had an absolute blast! The day started with a high wire zip line ride across the lake before a session of archery in the field.
This afternoon was a very, VERY wet one with the rafting session finishing with everyone going for a swim or 'bob' in the lake. It was Stand Up Paddle Boarding next; one of the children fell in 36 times (yes, I think they were concentrating on the counting instead of on balancing on the board). Another pupil who had the balancing down to a fine art even managed to do a forward roll on his board without falling in - impressive!
This evening they have taken the crate stacking challenge - with one team managing to help one of their members to 15 crates high before jumping off and letting it crash to the ground.
Time for bed again now to get ready for a day of fencing, cycling, abseiling and climbing. We'll be finishing the day off with a barbecue for our evening meal and a disco with Fairfield School. What a great last night that will be before thinking about packing all their smelly clothes ready for home on Friday.
The quote of the day was from one of the girls who said: 'I can't believe I paid to do this!' as she was getting splashed in the face by one of the instructors and dangling her legs in the lake on the front of the raft. She was only pretending to be upset I'm sure, because she was soon throwing herself into the water anyway!
Check back for our final update tomorrow.
After an excellent night's sleep we had to wake the children up at 7.30am to get ready for a hearty cooked breakfast at 8am. They all ate well which set them up nicely for the busy day ahead. The day started with the challenge of the obstacle course - it had rained all night so the ground was nice and muddy. The children worked their way through all the obstacles on the course helping each other out as much as possible so that they all managed to complete each task without any fuss.
After a short break the children were straight back out and in the mud again on The Blind Trail. They were all blindfolded and had to listen to the instructions being whistled or called out by the group leader. She took great delight in leading them through some of the wettest and muddiest parts of the course, making up obstacles that didn't exist just to get them even filthier. Mrs Mellon enjoyed this part the most - a nice treat for 3 years of hard teaching experiences with some of them! Everybody needed a shower before they were clean enough to have lunch (as you can see from some of the photos below). You can also see by the smiles on their faces that they loved every second of it and joined in with all the fun.
The afternoon was spent on the lake canoeing and kayaking. Most people managed to stay in their boats and keep reasonably dry but as the instructors set harder challenges in the kayaking a few of them (including me!) capsized spectacularly. There were lots of shouts of "PINEAPPLES" as they fell in - the code word chosen by the children if they needed help. I think tomorrow will be even wetter as I can't see everyone managing to stay balancing on the stand up paddle board or self-made raft!
After ANOTHER change of clothes, and shower for some, it was time for a lovely evening meal before a brisk walk along the river looking at flora and fauna along the way. We brought them back at 8.35 and by the time Mrs Mellon did a room check they were all in their pjs and asking to go to bed. RESULT!
Breakfast at 7.40am tomorrow before another fun filled day. Check back this time tomorrow for the next update.
Well what an exhausting day that was! Everything ran very smoothly with the journey to Manor Adventure though, apart from the extra time taken to get here due to sailing to Heysham instead of Liverpool, but that was soon forgotten as soon as we arrived. The children have been brilliant company throughout the journey, with two members of the public coming to speak to me at the end of the boat journey to say how well behaved the children had been and wishing us well on our trip. The sailing was flat calm so we made it without the sickness we've had in previous years - which is a bonus as it can be a long day if you've been sick early in the day (I'm speaking from my own experience from previous years - bleurgh).
Here's a couple photos of the children on their arrival - all smiling and looking forward to what the week will involve.
Some of these smiles soon changed to looks of dread and fear though as soon as we started our first activity - the high ropes!
The children did amazingly well though - despite the tears from a couple they really did conquer their fears; meaning everything else should be a breeze this week. I had to have a go too of course, we've never done the high ropes before so I had to test out whether it was a worthwhile activity to do in the future (any excuse to have a bit of fun!). Mrs Mellon had fun with the camera, but I've edited the photos down to ones of the children having fun!
The children are just getting their rooms sorted and getting ready for bed now and looking forward to their first full day here (and cooked breakfast) tomorrow.
I'll update again some time tomorrow evening - once we've all cleaned and warmed up after a morning in the mud and an afternoon on the lake.