Thursday 25th May
Well, what another beautiful day we have had, the weather has been very good to us and beneath blue skies and bright sunshine, the children have had another action packed, fun filled day.
After a good night’s sleep and following our now established morning routines of; showers, medicines and the packing of daily supplies, the children went down to breakfast and fueled themselves in preparation for what lay ahead.
As we separated into our activity groups, the children eagerly made their way to the variety of activities that would once again challenge, interest and excite the children in equal measure. Today’s highlights included:
Abseiling – The children once again adorned their harnesses and safety helmets (we are now experts at putting on such items) to attempt the vertical decent of a 30 foot, sheer drop by abseiling backwards down the side and putting their absolute faith in the guide ropes and instructors at the end of them! For some, convincing themselves to lean backwards over the edge and believe that gravity wasn’t going to take over, was a little too much to ask! Nevertheless, the children took themselves just a little past their comfort zones and they should all be proud of their individual achievements. It really didn’t matter if you cheered and encouraged children from below, or bounced down the decent like a member of the special forces, all the children participated, which was great to see.
Fencing – This was a very popular and enjoyable activity. The very fact that they were actually allowed to use real swords (foils) and learn some specific fencing moves, before putting them into practice against each other, was thrilling for some. They lunged, they parried and countered (repost) like masters of the fencing arts and had a great time doing this together!
Throughout our stay, the instructors have continued to comment on what lovely children we have, displaying the manners and respect we would expect and perhaps sometimes take for granted. It has been lovely to hear such glowing comments from a range of PGL Staff as they continue to make us very proud.
This evening the children enjoyed a game of ‘Capture the Flag’ before returning to their rooms to pack and prepare for the journey home tomorrow. We are pretty sure (certain in-fact) that the children’s luggage and in particular, its contents will not be returning in the same neat order in which they left! Parent’s, set your washing machines to ‘extreme’ as it is possible that some of the children’s clothes might very well climb out of their bags and walk to the machines themselves!! Well, it has been very warm!!!
We are really looking forward to seeing you all and will keep you updated with; departure time, estimated arrival and any major changes to that, via SCHOOP tomorrow. Until then, please enjoy a selection of some of today’s pictures of your children until you get the real thing back tomorrow.
See you soon!
Love the Barton Hall Brigade X
Wednesday 24th May
Just when we thought the week couldn’t get any more exciting; what a day Wednesday has been!! After a far more settled and restful night’s sleep, the children began the day with eager anticipation and, after another delicious breakfast, gathered their water- bottles and set off in their activity groups to enjoy everything that was in store!
Some of the activities that the children participated in were as follows:
Aeroball – This cross between; trampolining and basketball was a thoroughly enjoyable and fun activity where the children had to score points by shooting a ball through a basket style hoop in the opposition’s quadrant. This high energy activity proved to be great fun, with teams of two competing in a mini-tournament which of course meant that they had to come up with their own team names. Some were hilarious…..where do they get their imagination from?
Vertical Challenge – This high ropes activity was a real test for the children and involved scaling a series of obstacles as they climbed and made their way to the top of a course reaching 30 foot in the air!! The safety instructions also involved children having to help with each other’s safety lines attached to our harnesses and “belaying” the line as the children took on the rather daunting challenge. One child seemed genuinely stunned that he would have such a responsibility and felt compelled to ask; “Why would you trust us to do this?” It did raise a smile but every child learnt this new safety skill and performed their role with absolute diligence and enjoyment. As always, some children reached the summit faster than Spiderman might have done, whilst others reached their limit far lower. This of course did not matter and all the children should feel immensely proud of their personal achievements, with the bravest children invariably being those who felt out of their comfort zone, but gave it a go. Fantastic attitudes!!!!
Along with many other activities the children participated in through the day, Archery was also something that the children seemed to thoroughly enjoy. It has to be said that there are some real ‘crack shots’ within Year 6 as they repeatedly hit the bulls-eye with an accuracy that Robin Hood would have been proud of.
All the food, from breakfast through to the evening meal have been absolutely delicious and the children have really enjoyed the variety on offer. The children have had great appetites and eaten really well.
This evening, the children also had the opportunity to visit the shop with various souvenirs and items bought to bring home to their families whom we are all looking forward to seeing, but are far too busy to miss too much!!
We have another action packed day planned for what will be our last full day together and we will write about some of the highlights tomorrow.
Please see some of the pictures below for a flavour of what we have been doing.
Love the Barton Hall Brigade X
Tuesday 23rd May
Well it has certainly been a jammed packed day full of thrills, (no spills) and fun for all. The children have enjoyed a number of differing activities that, have pushed some slightly out of their comfort zone, but have ultimately left everyone with a sense of achievement and delight that you can only find outside of the classroom.
After a relatively good night’s sleep (when all the children finally settled), we got ourselves washed and ready and headed down for breakfast. The children were delighted to find that they could choose anything from hot breakfast, cereal, toast and fruit. Some were so pleased they decided to have the lot!!! Full of energy and eager to begin our first full day, we split into our activity groups and engaged with everything this beautiful site (and very pleasant weather) had to offer:
Quad Biking was a real favourite! Following clear safety and practical tips from our instructor, the children had to manoeuvre their quad bike round a tight and difficult track whilst avoiding the small cones with deft handling and finesse!! Some children were remarkably adept at this and took to it like a duck to water, whilst others equally impressed with their ability to find the safety barriers with every squeeze of the throttle!! Some children have already pronounced this as ‘the best activity of the week!’ A bold statement, considering what was to come!
Trapeze was (in the opinion of us humble teachers) the stand-out activity of the day. The children, adorned with safety harness and helmet were faced with the challenge of scaling a telegraph pole using only very small foot holds, balance themselves on a tiny platform and leap to a stationary trapeze!! This really did test the resolve of some of our children as, if you do not like heights or have a very healthy fear of leaping towards a metal pole some 30 feet in the air, then this was not for you!! However, every single child gave it a go, pushing themselves to do that little bit more than they originally thought possible whilst being encouraged and cheered on by their peers. It really didn’t matter how high you climbed or whether the final jump was taken, every child had a go and were immensely proud of their personal achievements, as were we!!!
Following a delicious evening meal, the children made their way down to the woodland area to enjoy some good old fashioned camp fire songs and entertainment.
It really has been a fantastic day and the children have been an absolute pleasure. Although there are various other schools here, the Brook Field children stand out with their enthusiasm, respect and positive attitudes. Whilst we are all a little home-sick and missing our loved ones, the experiences the children are having will certainly live long in the memory and we can’t wait to see what tomorrow will bring.
Please see a selection of some of the pictures taken today and we will of course update you again tomorrow.
Love the Barton Hall Brigade X
Monday 22nd May 2017
Evening everyone, following a very uneventful and pleasant journey to the south coast we arrived at Barton Hall ready to begin our adventure for the week.
We were greeted upon arrival by our Barton Hall member of staff (Melissa) who will be working with us throughout the week. After a tour from Melissa of the beautiful grounds and facilities, including the stunning scenery and sea views, we had our first meal together where the children chose from a selection of healthy and appetising options, which they devoured with great gusto! We then enjoyed a number of team games, from building the tallest tower out of shoes to zombie racing! All events were aimed at our mission statement for the week; to have fun, be supportive of each other and create lasting memories that we will all look back fondly upon. To that end, the children have been fantastic. They have represented the school in the most outstanding manner, as always!
Having unpacked and settled into their rooms for the week, we are all looking forward to a full day of activities tomorrow including: quad biking, mountain biking, orienteering and the trapeze.
Here is hoping for a restful and pleasant night sleep (for everyone) so that we can enjoy our first full day together. Please see a selection of pictures from today's events and we will keep you posted throughout the week with updates from our fun-filled and action packed adventures.
Love from the Barton Hall Brigade x