A super busy couple of days had by all! However, the children have had achieved lots of things; independence, group skills and for some the ability to (sort of) make their own beds. Whatever the starting point... every child will take something away from this residential. This is what makes these experiences so incredibly valuable.
As always I've really enjoyed updating the blog using the odd photograph and information received from text messages and phone calls.
I know the trip isnt cheap but my hope is that after following the children for the last couple of days on this blog and hearing all of the stories when they return, you feel that it was money well spent! (Perhaps not so much when they open that suit case in the kitchen on Wednesday night!)
These last couple of days, the children have experienced things they couldn't see or do here at school. Just being away from the comforts of home or just not seeing family for more than one day is a huge for some of our children! It may also be huge for you... the first time your child has been away from you.
A huge thank you to my dedicated staff for leading this trip especially after what has already been a busy half term.
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 couple of days 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 Chase (on ITV+1... never home in time to watch it on ITV!) 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. The teachers on the trip will be 'on call' the entire time and for no extra payment... they do it because they want to offer our children this experience and for this I am incredibly grateful. The level of care my staff offer... is above and beyond... and something that I am so proud of.
I ask just one thing when that coach pulls up later on today... after the cuddles and the scrum to grab the luggage and then run home... a thank you from you to the staff who looked after the children these last couple of days would be hugely appreciated. Its exhausting... and knowing the children have had a great time is enough... but knowing parents appreciate the efforts of my staff is the icing on the cake.
I hope the children have a fabulous final morning of activities. 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!
A parent mail message will be sent when they are on the coach. We'll give you a suggested arrival time based google maps navigation. If there is significant delays we will let you know.
Staff have been taking lots of photos this week and so if you haven't seen your child appear in this blog, don't panic. We still have them with us! We'll find a way of getting these pictures out to you when we get back.
Mr Smith doing what he does best... not the YMCA dance... but organising the children for breakfast time tomorrow!
Hands up if you could eat breakfast tonight... shock horror... everyone! : )
Always hungry... but the children deserve it - they have had a busy day and worked their socks off!
It rained the entire time... they hunted down those monsters but were absolutely drenched by the time they finished. Still... monsters need to be caught in all weathers! Best put those damp, soggy clothes in your luggage straight away so parents can unpeel them when opening the cases on Wednesday night. What a delight that awaits you!
A busy morning of team building...
Still no picture of Mr Smith! The picture below is another person with grey hair.
Ahh bless Mrs Steward... just 3 hours sleep last night for her! The joys of being a trip leader. Still three hours are better that nothing. When leading my first residential in Southampton (yes... Southampton!) I literally didnt sleep for the first two nights, laying awake seeing if i can hear anything. So three hours isnt bad.
Hopefully tonight after a super busy day... the children put their head on the pillows and zzz zz z zzzz z. Do I miss leading residential trips? Hmmm... let me think - tucked up in my cosy bed last night... nope afraid not! The joys of being the boss! I totally appreciate my dedicated staff though... this experience is super valuable for the children and something that we hope to continue for years to come.
I have been informed that Mr Smith is right as rain; he slept straight through. Perhaps we'll see him in a photograph today? Perhaps with the skipping rope! Mrs Harries and Miss Clarke had a reasonable night. They are all missing their John Lewis premium quilt covers and memory foam pillows : )
Some of the children were early risers... a wonderful 5am for some and some literally have just rolled out of bed in the last few minutes. Place your bets... which was your child?
The perfectly : ) made beds yesterday are now no more...
Most are bright eyed and bushy tailed. Some are sat at the breakfast table with their eyes closed! : ) Some of the girls are frantically trying to comb their hair as its all gone a little wild and the boys are asking 'When's lunch?'
They are all now having a scrumptious breakfast and all excited about what is to come today. Gloves on. Scarves on. Extra weight needed in those wellies... its going to be windy!
Here's to another day!
A fantastic night had by all. Mrs Harries rocked the dancefloor, commenting that it was similar to Ibiza. Without the hot sun, the golden sand and the Mediterranean cuisine... yep... just like Ibiza! : )
The children danced and danced and danced... hopefully working off some of that sugar!
A great afternoon had by all on the beach. Glad to see the pupils promoting Rushmere all over the country by writing our name in the sand... but disappointed the handwriting is not joined! : )
The weather has been amazing. When we say amazing, we mean... 'dry'. Its not quite swimming costume weather yet! Just a little chilly and a little windy.
I think that Mr Smith is a little camera shy... haven't seen him in a single photograph yet! Let see if he appears in at least one photo before the time they return.
Back now to the accommodation for food... hurrah! Despite being in beautiful part of the country, the children are all still focused on eating. "When's lunch?" "When's dinner?" "When can we eat sweets?"
Fingers crossed the strawberry shoelaces have been consumed... the sugar rush before bedtime may mean the staff are patrolling the corridors at 2am trying to get the children to sleep.
A jam packed day ahead tomorrow... lets hope they have more great weather.