This years residential for years 4, 5 and 6 was a very fun and exciting one, when we visited the Dean Field Study Centre in Parkend.
After all arriving and having our first evening meal on Friday, we then went out for our birds of prey display. Unfortunately it was too hot to fly the birds as they would just go and hide in the shade, however we were still able to meet many of them, including an eagle owl, hawk and an 8 week old baby barn owl (who was very cute). Not only this, we got to explore through owl poo to see what they had eaten (yuck!). We all had a chance at holding the birds and this was a very fascinating experience.
On Saturday and Sunday we were split into our 3 groups to go off and complete a range of activities. One of the activities was problem solving, where we had to apply a lot of skills, but mostly team work, to complete a range of very tricky challenges.
The zip wire, climbing wall and leap of faith was when all of us displayed huge amounts of courage and we all had a go at everything, conquering many fears. After huge amounts of perseverance and determination, we had great fun and some us even became so brave we could hang upside down from the trapeze bar!
Caving was a very popular, but very nerve-racking experience (particularly for Miss Bramley); we spent two hours underground sliding and climbing our way through very tight spaces and getting very dirty. We had the most incredible experience doing this and Miss Bramley was so proud of everyone going underground, it was very dark and very scary!
Unfortunately we don’t have any pictures of caving or tunnelling for you as it was too dark and dangerous to carry things with us, however we can you lots about it at home!
On our last night we did some orienteering up in the woods, where we worked in partners to find our way around a map and stamp off locations. Well done to the winning duo Josh and Blake! Once we got back we celebrated our last evening with a movie night and ate way too many sweets. We ended up going to bed very late, and it is fair to say some us were that tired we missed half of the film and had to escorted back to bed!
Miss Bramley would like to thank all of the children to their super enthusiasm and excellent behaviour over the weekend, it was really was a pleasure to take you all away.
Thank you to all of the parents for your drop offs and collections, and for making sure all of the children had everything with them they needed.
A massive thank you also to Miss Dawson and Brad for giving up their weekend to come with us, we wouldn’t have been able to go without you being prepared to give up your time, it really is appreciated!
Miss Bramley hopes all of the children had a fantastic time and all took some great memories away with them!