Friday, 19 June 2015
Congratulations to the choir for singing beautifully last night at Dorchester Abbey. A special thank you to Mr Harris, Mrs Ingram and Mrs S Hobbs for organising our participation, alongside Mrs Sterjo. Thanks also to Mrs McCarthy for accompanying the children.
Thursday, 18 June 2015
Wednesday, 17 June 2015
Tuesday, 9 June 2015
Monday, 8 June 2015
Friday, 5 June 2015
Thursday, 4 June 2015
Another successful day here at Castle Head, accompanied by glorious sunshine and warm weather.
The day began with a celebration – Lottie’s 11th birthday, and after presents and singing over breakfast, we quickly grabbed our wellies and set off to our first activities. One group started by raft building on the River Winster, which flows through the grounds of the centre, where we worked together to build a raft strong enough to hold 11 children (and Mr Gale!!). After being instructed how to paddle successfully, we competed against another school – and won by miles!!
The second activity of the day was the high challenges, where we pushed ourselves to our limits, climbing up a ‘telegraph’ pole, sharing the tiny platform (about the size of a tea tray) at the top with three of our friends, before jumping off in to the air. Predictably, laughter and screams spread across the centre. This was followed by attempting to climb Jacob’s ladder, which was rather wobbly.
This evening’s entertainment was bush craft, followed by hot chocolate and birthday cake around the camp fire, with bats flying overhead.
All of the children are now in bed and are ready for a good night’s sleep. Our cases are almost completely packed and we will be setting off at midday tomorrow.
Our estimated arrival time back at school is 5.45pm and we will keep the blog updated with any significant changes to this time.
Wednesday, 3 June 2015
(Written by Edie and Lottie)
Year 6 have really enjoyed their third day at Castle Head. We spent the whole day by the coast where we found crabs under stones, climbed across rocks and squeezed through small gaps and making each other giggle. After that we had to show that we could manage to get out of quicksand, which is a substance which you can sink in. To get out of the quicksand you had to pull your heel out first and then bring your toe out otherwise you would fall over!
After dinner we all got ready to go orienteering then we got given a map of Castle Head and we had to go and find some posts then stamp our pieces of paper. When we got all of our posts and our pieces of paper marked we were all pretty tired and couldn’t wait to go to bed.
None of us can believe we are half way through the week already!
Tuesday, 2 June 2015
Thankfully, the weather has vastly improved as today has gone on: from clouds and drizzle this morning, to blue sky and sunshine this afternoon. We have been split in to three groups and will spend the week rotating through a variety of activities.
Two groups started off pond dipping, using scientific keys to identify and classify all of the pond life, which was fascinating. Some children found pregnant shrimps; others enjoyed looking at the water boatmen, beetle larvae, worms and dragonfly larvae.
Rock climbing was the highlight of the day for many: Kitty P in particular!! She zoomed up the rock face with a huge smile and enthusiasm. Elizabeth “loved the view because it was stunning”. Ella B told us she really developed her perseverance skills, keeping on going when climbing got hard. We realised how important it was that we trusted one another, as we were all responsible for holding the ropes tight and looking after each other’s safety. Rock climbing always pushes us to our limits, demonstrating how we can achieve our goals.
Some spent the afternoon in groups of 3 on Canadian canoes. We cooperated like a real-life boating team, using good communication and team work. Clare liked how it got “very competitive” when we all had to race to get back. We worked hard developing our determination (and strength!) to reach the end.
This evening’s activities involved being blindfolded on the night line. Tia felt that the senses of sight, sound and feel were particularly useful for this task. The laughter and excitement was infectious.
We are now all in our PJ’s listening to Mrs Sanigar read the next couple of chapters from ‘Wonder’, our exciting new page-turner, admiring the beautiful views and sunset from the huge windows in the common room.
Keep your eye out for more updates tomorrow!