Today we return
Well we have all had a great week away, everyone has enjoyed themselves and tried a range of new activities. The children slept well last night and I can hear that some are awake already… 6.20 a.m. as I write. They will be getting up soon ready to start the final day. Breakfast is at 8.20 a.m. and then we hope to leave the Chateau by 9 travelling to the Bakery for an exciting hour or so learning about bread and croissant making. The Baker will keep the children amused with tales to tell.
From there we will travel on to Calais and school will keep you informed of our progress. We will return your children a little more tired than when you handed them over, a little grubbier (in some cases) and with clothes a LOT muddier than when they started. I hope they return with tales to tell having enjoyed their time away.
I, your roving reporter will now sign off and see you on the other side.
Fencing, Orienteering and an Obstacle or two zipping through the woods!
Breakfast was a bit of a quieter meal this morning for as the week goes on the children become a little more tired and the chatter decreases. We were off for a morning of activities, once again conquering a few fears, working together and generally enjoying the last few hours of our activities. It has been great to see how the children have pulled together to help and encourage one another. I have one of the best jobs wandering around meeting up with each group and taking all those photos of unsuspecting faces. I love the surprise snap, the face of achievement and glee when something difficult has been mastered.
The weather wasn’t looking brilliant as we started but despite a few drops of rain no spirits were dampened and the children all enjoyed their activity. “I’m never doing that again” says one child as they come down the zipwire. Twenty minutes later she was coming down again…………. Please explain this to me.
After lunch we had our tour of Rue, wandering first around the Chateau, learning some of the “history” of our base and then walking down into the town centre visiting a few of the historic sites, the church, the café and one of the favourite stops – the supermarket where sweets were purchased for the quiz later in the evening.
On return we decided to pack suitcases in preparation for our return tomorrow as we have to leave early for our Bakery visit. Hmm well putting all the bits and pieces that we started with in a tidy manner did not prove to be an easy task. Each room was assigned a teacher to oversee the job in hand. Please don’t expect folded tidy or even socks in pairs!!!! Mud, glorious mud!!!
The quiz is always eventful and of course none of the staff are at all competitive! We had a general knowledge round, an animation round, a “how well do you know your friend or teacher round and a Pictionary round.
It is now after 10 as I write this (whether the wi fi will let me post tonight we shall see), all is well, the rooms are quiet and we are busy packing too. I bid you a good night, sleep well, your peace and quiet stops tomorrow!
Activity Day at the Chateau - Wednesday
We had a fantastic day, the weather was dry and sunny so pleasant to be outside. Following a relaxed breakfast we all went off to do our first activity. It is amazing how the instructors here will get everyone involved. Encouragement to reach personal goals is always given both from staff and children so that even those who are the most concerned about heights or climbing can achieve. The initiative activities always shows our logical thinkers and sometimes the quietest of children have to be brave and let their voices be heard. Team work is essential to solve all the puzzles and I heard a number of voices who are quiet in the classroom, shout a little louder today to be heard over more vocal class members. This trip brings a change in some personalities.
Fencing was something that many of the children had never tried before and once kitted out in all the appropriate clothing, they were able to learn some of the techniques and moves needed. I would say there were many smiles however I couldn’t see inside their masks, in fact I couldn’t identify some of the them once they were all dressed up!
The evening took us out to sing songs, listen to silly stories and toast and eat marshmallows around the camp fire. A great evening was had. I am beginning to notice that our sleepyheads are beginning to go to sleep earlier, even getting themselves tucked in before we manage to do our last evening visit to say goodnight. Sleep is coming a little sooner to all but no doubt in a few hours they will all be awake and raring to go yet again for our last full day.
Welcome to Year 6
Good morning everyone. This is the third attempt at writing.... We shall see how it goes.
All slept well this morning. We had a busy day yesterday with lots of activities to enjoy - archery, climbing, initiative exercises, obstacle course....... The children are gloriously muddy - getting the washing supplies in now, you will need them. They had a great day and have worked so well together.
In the afternoon we went off to the sweetshop and then on to the wheat farm. They have had a chance to mould the hot sugar into some sort of shape to create their own sweets. Some were recognisable shapes, others were not! Then onto the wheat farm to plait wheat - now that was a challenge for some.
We returned to eat our dinner and off out again to our scavenger hunt. A lot of laughing was heard as the children searched the sight for natural objects to create their "works of art".
Returning to our rooms we were asked could they go to bed now as they were tired - unheard of I know but who are we to deny them sleep.
Today is about to begin..................I will keep you updated as and when the wi fi allows.
A Busy Day
Children all seem to have slept well, not a sound to be heard at 7a.m. We will be waking them up shortly to start the day with breakfast and an active morning before heading off to the sweet shop and wheat farm this afternoon.
The crossing yesterday was a little choppy but we all developed our sea legs quickly and survived the crossing without any illness. The journey to Rue was uneventful albeit slightly foggy and soggy! Weather brightened a bit in the evening and the children all enjoyed the Chateau Olympics.
Wi-fi is certainly spasmodic and takes an age to upload the photo - well let's say in the time it has taken to upload one photo I managed to shower and get dressed!
I will do my best to upload some photos when I can......................
Off to awaken our little sleepyheads.
Soon be off to France
Weather looks a little changeable for our residential trip so please make sure that your child has a warm coat and some waterproof clothing as no matter what the weather we will be outside enjoying the different activities.
Just a few reminders:
Check in with your child's group leader on Monday morning. Children should all have their luggage, sleeping bag and any medication that is needed for their time away. They will also need a packed lunch for the journey as well as a refillable water bottle.
Check in is between 7.30 a.m. and 7.45 a.m. on Monday. Luggage and sleeping bags can be left outside if fine or taken into the hall. The children will go down to the classroom to be registered and receive last minute instructions. We will aim to leave by 8.15 a.m.
I will attempt to log in each day and update with some photographs. School will be notified of our progress on the journey and arrival at the Chateau. Photographs will likely go on the website early in the morning of the following day subject to wi- fi at the Chateau.
Looking forward to the week ahead.
** Our PE days this term are Tuesday's and Friday's. Please can you ensure that your child has a PE kit which incorporates clothing for inside and outside lessons, thank you**
Fantastic journey home we made great time. Our last morning was spent in the bakery where the children saw how croissants were made and had a go shaping them themselves under the close scrutiny of the baker - some did not quite meet his standards. We also learned how bread was made using two different styles.
The journey through Calais was very smooth - nothing like the queues we saw on the way out to France. Our sailing was good as was the drive back. I would say that the coach was remarkably quieter on the journey home.
Thank you for all the lovely comments about the daily updates - it was lovely to know that it was appreciated. I know we all enjoyed spending time with the children and I am sure they have shared tales of the week with you and you will hear more as they remember little bits of info as the weeks go on. I will put a few more photos up to let you see what we got up to on our last couple of days. Have a good weekend. Enjoy the washing!
And off we go........
Good morning from us here in France. Our last morning has arrived. Everyone slept so well last night, not a peep was heard from anyone. We had a great time at the quiz last night, a lorry load of sugar must have been consumed as our trip to the supermarket was quite a success! Great fun was had by all.
The children had a good time on their walking tour of Rue gaining compliments from cafe visitors, church goers and instructors alike - they behaved beautifully as we expected but it was lovely to hear others recognised this fact too. A number of the instructors have also told us they will be coming to see us off on our journey as they have enjoyed working with our children.
We will be off to breakfast soon, packing the coach and then visiting the bakery before heading to Calais. Calais was very busy on our way out with queues into passport control. We hope to get through swiftly but we shall see. We will keep school updated throughout our journey.
My morning report has started early today as we are due to have an 8 a.m. breakfast and therefore our little darlings will be getting up a little earlier than they have previously. As I type I can hear the dawn chorus of birds but not a cheep from our own little friends! I would say there should be some sleepy looking faces as we wake them this morning as tiredness is setting in.
We had a great day yesterday on site with all three groups each doing four activities - fencing, archery, orienteering, obstacle courses, climbing, volleyball, team building exercises. They all worked fantastically, many laughs were shared and some very, very silly moments........some led by members of our own staff. I will leave the children to tell you about those.
Our evening activity was the camp-fire.... great fun was had with silly stories, hilarious action songs and marshmallow munching. Great fun was had and I think we are all aching from laughing so much.
Everyone is eating well, some weird and wonderful food combinations have been chosen but no one is starving. I think tonight might just be the snails and frogs legs but we will see.
Everyone slept well, little and large snores could be heard coming from rooms soon after heads hit the pillows, it probably took about 30 mins for the children to settle down.
So I will leave you now knowing that all is well. Today we have activities on site for the morning and then this afternoon we are off on a tour of Rue with a stop for a hot chocolate or other drinks followed by a trip to the supermarket. Later this evening we have our quiz.
Activities, Visits and Scavenging
Bonjour from a sunny France - well it will be when the sun gets up!
An exciting day was had by all yesterday. Action packed activities in the morning. The children were delighted to know that the zip wire was “all better”, it had taken a turn for the worse in a January storm and they were not sure it would be operational. All was well though and it was in use, so we changed from the crate stacking challenge to the zip. Everyone had a go, even those who were afraid of heights! The encouragement from all those around them was amazing. Throughout the morning the children were able to do some initiative exercises (with fantastic team work), archery, obstacle course and the climbing wall.
Lunch was a rather speedy affair as we were off our in the afternoon to visit the sweet shop and the wheat farm with an added bonus, courtesy of our driver, through a fortified town of Montriel sur Mer. This little town provided the inspiration for Victor Hugo whilst writing “Les Miserables” and “The Hunchback of Notre Dame”.
Back to the Chateau for another meal before racing outside to carry out the Scavenger Hunt. Amazing what these children can find. We were even “borrowed” when trying to complete their A - Z of objects.
As we said goodnight we could see some glazed eyes as if sleep was beckoning and before we said goodnight some of those little cherubs were fast asleep.
This morning as we went in to get them up, it took a few attempts to wake some of the little cherubs.
We had a great journey, smooth motorways journeys on both sides of the Channel with a smooth sea crossing. No travel sickness at all to report. Children were behaved beautifully and were complimented on their excellent behaviour by another passenger. So an excellent start.
We arrived at the Chateau, we have all eaten, there were lots of clean plates. I don't think anyone will go hungry. We will soon be off to do our first activity of Chateau Olympics. I will keep you all posted.
Off to France tomorrow so don't forget that you need to check in with your group leader when you arrive. You will need to have your suitcase, your sleeping bag and your day bag with your packed lunch.
If you need any medication then these need to be clearly labelled with your name and instructions.
Looking forward to a great time away.
French Residential Trip
A busy term with lots of exciting times notably our residential trip to France. I know the children are all looking forward to it, there is an exciting hum in the classroom as we prepare for our week away. Thank you to all of those of you who attended the meeting on Monday 27th February. I hope you found it informative and that any queries were answered. Letters were sent home with notes from the meeting for those who were unable to attend as well as forms that need to be returned to the school as soon as possible. I should also remind you that the requested documentation and pocket money should be in school by Monday 20th March.
If you have any further questions about the trip please do not hesitate to contact me to discuss.