Despite a little wobble... Mr Rix takes the leap of faith! Next step? Sign up for Ninja Warrior UK!
Well done Mr R.
A super busy week had by all! However, the children have had achieved lots of things. Some have climbed to the top of tall poles and then jumped off, some have completed obstacles course and some have been away from home for the time. Whatever the starting point... every child will take something away from this residential.
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 week 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 Friday night!)
This week 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! And... they haven't just achieved it... they achieved it well! It you had the chance to witness the children in action, you would be so proud of them.
I never planned to visit today but I am happy that I did. It was a reminder why we continue to organise residential trips and a reminder of the massive benefits the children get from them.
A huge thank you to my dedicated staff for leading this trip especially after what has been a busy half term... and directly after the SATs tests.
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 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' all week 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.
Staff... you can have next week off... how fair am I? : )
I ask just one thing when that coach pulls up tomorrow... 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 this week would be hugely appreciated.
I hope the children have a fabulous final morning of activities and enjoy their last night in camp tonight. 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 text 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'll find a way of getting these pictures out to you after half term.
Having spent a large proportion of the week in the office, I thought it was time to get out, get some fresh air and pop along to see how the Year 6's were getting on.
The children are absolutely loving it! And today, as they have done all week, we see children being brave, confident and giving things a go. The amount of children who climbed to the top of pole to then jump off and drop was huge! We are so accustomed with seeing children in the classroom completing literacy and maths tasks... it was so refreshing. Even more refreshing was seeing different characters emerging, characters and personalities we don't often get to see much of.
A great day... that is still going!
Lunch was lovely. Simplistic but so many variations meant that everyone had a really good selection of things they could eat. So parents... if you thought they might be wasting away... they're not! : )
And... sorry to break this to you... I asked about 8 children if they missed home! That was 8 no's I'm afraid. If you thought they may have been crying themselves to sleep at night because they missed you... I afraid that is not the case.
All are happy... a little bitten by bugs! "Whatever you do... don't scratch it!" (That super useful piece of advice!) All having a great time. Hurrah!
As none of the photos were of staff, I made it my mission to get a photograph of some of the adults with us. Mrs Jones made me turn on the 'beautification' filter on the tablet... before she allowed me to take her photo. It made the world of difference! : )
And... who was that fresh face in the pictures? Oops... that was me!
One more afternoon and one more night to go! The buzz is building for tonight's Camp Fire. The girls have mapped out their outfits. The boys have been practising their loud voices for singing round the camp fire. Fingers crossed that the children know some chants or great camp fire songs. When I led residential trips with my school from east London, the only thing the children knew was the 'Im forever blowing bubbles' West Ham Utd classic. You can imagine how proud I was! : )
A few of the photos are taken from behind the fence because you need to wear a safety helmet to enter the climbing area. I couldn't find a safety helmet that matched my outfit.