First night at Kingswood

The children have started the activities really quickly after arriving earlier.  The greatest early struggles were mainly to do with trying to put a quilt inside a quilt cover.  Team work was the order of the day as the children helped each other to overcome the challenge.

The first ctivity was archery and the children really enjoyed the challenge of learning new skills.  There was some super shooting from lots of children and they coped very well with the cold and the fog.

The children have enjoyed the campfire activity and they loved singing and playing games with the instructors and staff.  It was an awesome experience being deep,in the woods playing games and seeing the children really laughing and enjoying the activity.  Some of the songs will be stuck in my head for many months to come.

The children are now in their dorms ready for a sleep.  I am not sure how much rest they will get as they are very excited about being away.  It promises to be a great week.   Check back on my blog tomorrow for more updates.

Power cuts, Helicopters and streams

It has been another busy day on our visit to St Michael’s centre and the children have been very busy. I arrived in time for breakfast, having avoiding being involved in the toil to create it. The flow of the event could have been spoiled had I tried to get involved. I had cereal for a health choice and consumed a sausage sandwich, in order that I would not seem bad mannered.

The children prepared to set off on their respective activities and it is worth mentioning that Miss Bird went on the Stanage Edge walk twice. This lady is a tough customer and she set a great example to the children with her, ” Have a go” attitude. I was sent to the grounds of Brookfield Manor to carry out the stream study and follow that with orienteering.

Heavy rainfall had meant the water flow was fast and muddy so it was difficult to find the crayfish like we had the previous day. We did find plenty of small fish and insects so it was still very interesting for the children. We then had a crazy group picture in the stream. I took the photograph of the pupils and Miss Williams maintained a strategic overview. The faces of the children may be an indication of the temperature of the water.

The orienteering session had a bad start when one group ran around collecting the markers in. This ruined my plan for sitting in the sun as I had to get involved in restoring order to the proceedings. Seriously, we had a really fun time today and the children have shown a great deal of character and strength when things get tough. The children did not even get distracted when a helicopter landed near us.  They were doing some work on the electrical faults that have taken the power off during the night.  Very interesting to watch but we pressed on with our work.

I must mention the behaviour of the group as the children have been exemplary in all areas in terms of their conduct. I am proud of them and I hope their mums and dads are too.

It promises to be a very busy last day tomorrow but I am sure we will have lots more to tell you when we are back. #Norbridgerocks