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.