What a great week the children have had! Excellent weather and loads of activities!
I've really enjoyed following the blog and looking at the activities Rushmere children have been up to from my mud free, neat, tidy office!
I've also enjoyed reading all of the parents comments. Especially the comments about who owned which pair of shoes!
I know the trip is expensive but my hope is that after following the children for the week on this blog, you feel that it was money well spent! (Perhaps not so much when they open that suit case in the kitchen on Friday night!)
This week, the children have achieved things that they never thought they could do! It could have been completing the activities or purely just being away from the comforts of home or just not seeing family for more than one day.
Every child will walk away having gained something; having pushed themselves and challenged themselves to achieve. I'm so proud of the achievements I've seen in the pictures and heard about from the staff during our daily catch up phone calls.
A huge thank you to my wonderful staff for leading this trip. Thank you too for the blog!
I say this every time at the end of a residential trip BUT leading residential trips IS HARD WORK! It is a massive responsibility taking care of other peoples children for a whole week and there is no switch off time. It is constant. You are a teacher 24 hours a day for the full 5 days! And... although we love being teachers, it is nice to be able to put your feet up at the end of the day, turn on The Real Housewives of Melbourne and relax. However, the one thing that makes it all worthwhile is seeing a different side to the children that we know in school; watching them achieve things they didn't think they could and watching them mature and think for themselves in such a short space of time. Giving up time to lead a residential is above and beyond what is expected of a teacher. There's no handing children back to parents at 3:30pm! This is why I am incredibly appreciative of staff who lead this trip for our children.
I hope you all have a fabulous final day. And... parents it wont be long they will be back with you very soon! And I wonder how long it will be before you want to send them back again!
Have a wonderful half term.
Spaghetti hoops and toast/waffles for breakfast. We're so lucky to have this weather.