For breakfast this morning the children devoured toast, bacon, scrambled egg, grilled tomatoes and cereal. Sufficiently refuelled they headed out for their morning activities: fencing, fire lighting and team games!
Time for fencing! Foils at the ready….. En Garde!
Fires lit… now it’s time to toast our marshmallows! Don’t burn them! Mmm delicious.
Now for a spot of team games on the field.
I don’t like cricket oh no……. I LOVE it!!!!
Time for lunch! The children enjoyed meatballs, chips, baguettes and salad! Everyone is now ready for an afternoon of go-karting, bouldering and outdoor climbing!
Go-karting was a real hit with the children and they whizzed around the track!
Helmets on, harnesses fastened, up up and away; it’s time for some dizzy heights as we conquer the outdoor climbing wall!
The children took part in some team challenges to test their communication and leadership skills. Everyone worked very well together and made light work of the challenges. Go Pope Paul Posse!
Next it was time for dinner – barbecue chicken, sweet and sour pork with rice or noodles with chocolate brownies for pudding.
Now for the activity we have all been waiting for…. I’m in the mood for dancing!!!!! The children put their dancing shoes on and made their way to Club Kingswood for an evening of cha cha sliding and gangnam styling!!!!
It is a wet and windy day today but that has not dampened our spirits! The children enjoyed sausages, beans, toast, cereal and yoghurt for breakfast.
After breakfast, the Pope Paul crew set off for their morning activities: Low ropes and indoor initiatives! Everybody worked well together, communicated effectively, showed great resilience and had fun! Go team!
Fire lighting was next, and armed with a steel & flint, lint, kindling and sticks, the children persevered through the damp conditions to get a fire going in their groups. Our instructor said that these were the most difficult weather conditions that he had been in with a school for this activity, and so it was a challenge to say the least. We were rewarded with a pack of marshmallows to toast on sticks!
We refuelled for the afternoon with a big plate of chicken nuggets or fish fingers and chips. Smiles all round!
The children took part in caving, shelter building, Jacob’s Ladder and quad biking this afternoon. Everyone was very brave as we made our way into the World War Two pillbox to begin our caving adventure! We discussed the propaganda posters and then crawled down into the tunnel network. It was wet and muddy but we still had fun. At the end of the session we turned off our lights and experienced a blackout! Amazing!
Shelter building was a piece of cake and we managed to squeeze in some team building challenges as well.
Jacob’s Ladder was the next activity and there are some expert climbers in our midst. The children showed no fear as they climbed the ladder all the way to the top!
On the menu this evening – Shepherd’s pie, mashed potato, macaroni cheese, salad and shortbread. Everyone enjoyed their dinner and we are now looking forward to toasting some marshmallows on the campfire before bed!
We all gathered around the campfire for this evening’s entertainment, where we danced, sang, heard jokes, ate marshmallows and drank hot chocolate. Another tiring but hugely enjoyable day has come to an end; time to get some rest before more fun tomorrow!
Breakfast of champions! The children enjoyed a hearty breakfast of bacon, hash browns, toast, grilled tomatoes and fresh fruit this morning. We are now ready for an action packed day! Our morning activities are problem solving, shelter building and swimming! Watch this space!
The children proved to be expert problem solvers and worked together to complete the challenges!
Problem solving was followed by archery and shelter building. Archery was a real hit with the children and we had a number of bullseyes! Shelter building required lots of ingenuity. The children really enjoyed creating their shelters and they were very proud of their achievements.
The children went for a fun swim to cool down before lunch. Everyone had worked up quite an appetite! We enjoyed pizza, potato wedges and salad!
It was a rainy afternoon but spirits were still high and the children completed their team building activities – Jacob’s Ladder and Nightline. The children devoured their dinner – roast chicken, potatoes, salad and apple pie!
Three, two, one … Blast off! The evening activity was all about rockets. The children had to design a rocket and launch it into the night sky. There was great excitement as the rockets took off! It was the perfect end to a great day!
Thank you for all the emails you have sent to Kingswood. The children were thrilled to receive them today! Keep them coming!
After a scenic journey through the English countryside, we arrived at our destination – Kingswood!!! The children enjoyed a tour of the grounds and then got down to the business of making their beds; it was interesting to say the least!
The children then had some free time on the field overlooking the sea, where they played games with Harry, our leader, and made the most of the good weather.
Having had the smell of tomato and garlic teasing our nostrils all afternoon, it was time for dinner at 18:15, when we were treated to a feast of lasagne or chicken, garlic bread, vegetables, salad and rocky road. We’re now about to begin our evening activity: Trail of Mystery! All shall be revealed later!
Thank you to those who came to the Kingswood information evening on Wednesday; it was great to see so many of you there. As promised, here is the powerpoint containing all the information given:
Please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have any further questions.
Good evening parents,
After a night of mystery whereby the children had to solve the kidnapping of Mickey Mouse and interview Cruella De Ville (Ms Davey) amongst other Disney villains, the chidren were hard to wake! It took quite a lot of convincing to get some of them out of bed and into the showers and actually wash! Once they eventually emerged and had breakfast, the morning began with some team challenges and environmental art. Ella and Sophie’s creative juices were flowing when they made a hedgehog out of pine cones and Adam was a star leader in team challenges by motivating the team over the wall.
Then off for a fun swim before lunch. They all splashed around, played water polo and generally had great fun. The afternoon was spent fencing – Rebecca claiming ‘it’s harder than it looks Miss’, more nightline and climbing. Debayo enjoyed himself bumping around blind folded; Emily, Jia, Zeel and Kristina had a giggle on Jacob’s Ladder wobbling around while Mia was as nimble as a billy goat making it to the fifth rung of a very wobbly ladder.
Matthew has shown his diva side carrying his hair gel everywhere he goes! He is preened to perfection for the disco tonight. Georgina and Louisa have been practising their dance moves all day and are now ready to tear up the dance floor.
It’s been a brilliant day – we anticipate little sleep tonight after the children hit the dance floor.
This will be our last blog but will keep in touch throughout our journey home.
Mrs Nicola and Ms Davey and Miss Thornton
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