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Another Kingswood update…

Day 2 – continued

What an action packed day! This was definitely a day for conquering fears and overcoming challenges. The activities started with crate stacking and fun on the low ropes. The children displayed great team work and were very encouraging of each other as they piled the crates as high as they could!

Soon the adrenalin was really racing as everyone took to the go karting track. Eleanor D and Kai showed off some great driving skills. Move over Lewis Hamilton, some new F1 champions are coming through!

The highlights of the day were the zip wire and caving! Lots of children overcame their fears on the zip wire but a special mention goes to Nia who showed amazing bravery to overcome her BIGGEST fear! Half of the class have now  conquered the cave and enjoyed getting wet and muddy as they crawled along the underground tunnels. The rest are looking forward to the challenge tomorrow.

After all of the exciting activities, the children relaxed with a film and hot chocolate and, much to the teachers’ delight, everyone was soon fast asleep – fingers crossed this continues!

The Kingswood Adventure begins!

Day 1 – Sunday
The children were in fine form this afternoon as they excitedly took on the first round of Kingswood challenges.

Although, I admit that I felt slightly uneasy about the archery, as my class stood armed with their bows and arrows and wide spread grins stretched across their faces. Had my recent setting of extra homework been a bad idea? Luckily, the children turned their attentions to the target board, which was good considering their skill and accuracy. Holly the Hot Shot was particularly impressive, hitting gold several times! Phew, I survived the day!

While the archers were busy taking aim, the rest of the class were having lots of fun on the bouldering wall. George and Sam McMillan were the last men climbing in the bouldering challenge. The children traversed across the wall Spider Man style and managed to hang on the longest to take the best prize of all….pride! Bring on the high wall!

After a tasty dinner of tacos,  seasoned potatoes and a huge salad, we were all ready for our Karaoke session. However, mysteriously, the sound system developed a technical fault after Niamh, Holly, James and Benjamin kicked us off with an Amy Winehouse number. Will just have to save my duet with Mrs Bastin for later in the week!

We ended the evening with some fun class games; during these we discovered that Niamh can do a very good impression of the boys!

After story time with Ben, Class 6 headed off to bed with some having more success than others at getting to sleep straight away!

Day 2 – Monday so far…

The children showed no signs of a LATE first night this morning as they bounced down to breakfast (although the same can’t be said for the teachers)!

Oliver came to the rescue with his organisational skills this morning when he helped everyone in the boys dormitory to make their beds!

Will update again later with more of the days adventures.

Mrs Byrne

Everdon update

The trip to Everdon has gotten off to a great start and we are currently enjoying ‘free time’ at the Centre. Today, we started off by being wrapped in many layers of waterproofs and then had a great time in the woods building small shelters and looking at badger sets. Everyone enjoyed pizza or fish fingers, chips and beans followed by peaches and ice cream. Now time for hot chocolate and bed!
7.30 Monday night

Kingswood – update

Episode 3:

Tuesday 22:11 So once again I find myself sitting outside the dormitories on the floor listening for any hint of a giggle – How mean am I?!?! This evening has been great fun.  Entertainment came in the form Singstar, boys v girls, instructors v children, individual battles and even dance offs! We rocked out to Bruno Mars, Queen, Coldplay, The Killers, the High School Musical Cast and to whoever sung Eye off the Tiger!  The children bopped the night away, so much so that half of them had to have a shower when we got back to wash off the sweat and excitement!

With Tom’s arrival, the children have had a chance to reflect on the activities that they have done so far and discuss aspects that have challenged them and talked about how they would feel about repeating some of them.

Btw… I can hear snoring! And this time it’s NOT Mrs Bastin!  Excitement it’s 22:22 and I think everyone is pretty settled, a game of Banangrams awaits me…. I wonder if Ben and Mrs B have fixed the letters – they’re awful cheats you know…

Episode 4:

09:00 I seem to have hit a bit of a wall… Lack of sleep is starting to catch up with me and I’m looking haggard (more than normal) and feeling drained… I’m sure it’s nothing a bit of chocolate can’t sort out, maybe I’ll raid my snack bag!
Everyone slept really well last night, although I think we all could have slept a little longer, but unfortunately the Elephants that reside upstairs are up at 06:30 – they really are a very heavy footed school (teachers included – we couldn’t believe the stomping of the teachers!)

Today will start inside, one group has got bouldering and the other has got laser zone.  I don’t think we are going to mind being outside today though, as despite the frost on the ground, the sun is out and there isn’t a cloud in the sky.  I’m not sure what’s happening after that as I’ve lost my sheet (again) but I’m pretty sure Nicky and Hayden will have it covered – they are so organised! By the way, Benny wanted me to let everyone know that he’s had three showers since he’s been here and is very proud of this fact!
Signing off at 09:22

Kingswood day 2

07:00 All are up, and some of the boys are showered! In fact one of the boys’ dorms smells delightful! I kid you not! We are ready and raring to go following our breakfast, there was loads to choose from- full English options,cereals, fruit and yoghurts, everyone has had there fill and should be well set up for the day. We are outside all day really, and have activities ranging from bushcraft to crate stacking today… Fun, fun, fun!

Currently watching group H building dens. They’re on bushcraft activity, which I keep mistakenly calling Bushtucker! There is less insect eating going on compared to Bushtucker trials…. For which I am thankful.
Group G are on crate stack – they seem to have built exceptionally high stacks and I can see them from our shelters down in the bush.
Despite the sunny forecast, the West Runton microclimate is doing its own thing! Boy, I’m glad I packed my ski kit! Although it is dry, the cold is biting: cheeks are red and noses are running… All are wrapped up.
10:45 And I’m off to crate stack with group H, G are in the outback… PS I’ve only eaten one kitkat so far (rationing).

Episode 2: post lunch 14:22
What a fun morning! All groups have been thoroughly entertained with crate stack. It’s the hands down favourite amongst them all so far with a 100% participation rate. Group H have been whittling and made tent pegs (in a fashion – for really small tents maybe?!) and I’m relieved to say that they all have all their fingers and thumbs still intact. Group G have been bonding in problem solving and team challenge… Very entertaining watching them scale a seven foot fence!
Everyone ate loads at lunch with some children going up for thirds! I think it’s fair to say that the outdoors has made them hungry!
This afternoon both groups have got night line…. And have we got treats in store for them! Ben is also a newbie so is oblivious to the terrors that Mrs B and I will be unleashing… I’m off now to collect pine cones and feathers…. I have every intention of wreaking havoc… Mwaahahahahahaaaa *cackles wildly

Kingswood day 3

Episode 2: a new hope 21:50 Sorry, can’t blog tonight, I’m sleeping… And so are all the children!!!!!
Hallelujah! Sweet dreams

Episode 3 07:18 Just to let everyone know-I have the most perfect class in the whole world… In bed and asleep for 21:45 and no sounds until 07:20.  Perfect. Just perfect.

Episode 3:
Refreshed and regenerated the groups have got to face challenges and demons this morning.

Both groups will be braving the dark, gloomy depths of the Kingswood caves and facing the climbing wall before lunch.  Waterproofs are ready and they are all prepared for a very muddy future!

It is a slightly warmer day than yesterday, although the sun is still neglecting to make its presence known to us here in west Runton.  We are outside for most of today, and so are very relieved to have slept well.  The centre is filling up and there are a number of other schools here from around the country, but the bliss kids are standing out as the best mannered and well behaved, I am pleased to say!

100% of the class went down the caves! there were some nerves and anxieties but I’m so pleased that they all made it… Add they are fully war painted up to the max.  I have to report that colourful coats went in, but only brown coats emerged! They’ve all gone off to their next activities with their painted faces, some are bouldering and others are apparently going to be learning how to build and light fires Bear Grylls-styleee.  Outdoor living at the extreme!

Kingswood 2014 – day 1

Sunday. 22:05

I am currently sitting outside the boys’ dorm having just read them the riot act, but am wondering whether I should in fact be  relocating to in front of the girls dorm who I can hear from down the corridor… Hmmm.

I’ll start at the beginning.

The journey itself was bizarre.  Never before have I ever completed the entire three and a half hours in sunglasses. This bodes well! Coupled with the fact that no one was travel sick- I’ve got high hopes for this week!

On arrival to Kingswood we were welcomed by a bevy of instructors and introduced to our group leader, Sam.  A site visit followed and then the class were shown the dorms…

They were allocated bunks and given some time to make their beds. The girls were sorted in record time, however some of the boys appeared quite clueless and puzzled by such a simple task.   Fortunately, after much collaboration, most have some sort of sheet scenario on their beds and covers on the duvet.  Most…

Hang on… Just going to have a word with the girls. They are making more noise than I thought humanly possible.

Job done.

Anyway, both groups have had a Dance EJ session which they enjoyed.  It’s no doubt the quietest they will be all week… It’s like a music studio so they all had their headphones on and we’re listening to their creations.

Dinner was Sunday roast.  Chicken (not free range) or beef were the two meaty options, and there were stuffed peppers for the veggies… Followed by apple crumble.  Everyone had a good fill, some topped up their dinner with a trip to the salad bar and several slice of bread too!

Apologies for the static writing but I’m constantly being interrupted by voices and giggles that seem to emanate from within dorm territory…. That and after the late dash for my laptop before boarding the coach, I left it on the coach so am text-style-typing away furiously on an iPad which you can appreciate is less ergonomic and somewhat clumsy.

The activities finished with a movie night and all who had onesies wore onesies! I have photographic evidence which you will be able to use in another eight or so years to suitably embarrass!

Right. That’s me done for today.  I’m tired, and shortly I will be cranky.

Night night zzzzzzzzzzz (with any luck)