The Isle of Wight Daily Update: 2017

Day Five in the Isle of Wight

Day 5 - our last day 


Boo hoo.... last day!


Another sunshine day, and we were all up early. We had to strip our beds and pack.

Breakfast was fun this morning, as everyone is excited about their last activities and about seeing family too. 

Striping beds was very funny. Mrs Jago had to rescue two children who were trapped inside a duvet cover and couldn't get out, one child had started to strip their bed, but then just gone back to sleep, and the room of girls were just whimpering about how they could possibly pack what came in their case back into the same space. 

Tom, the PGL manager said we managed to complete all our packing with 10 minutes to spare, which was excellent. Mrs Jago had a written prediction of items she would find left under beds, however this year only one little lone wet sock was found at the final check ! Result!!!!

So, we are now off to our final activity - Abseiling. 

We have had a terrific time. We're dirty and tired and our cases are all going to shock who ever opens them, they may also be full of things that aren't all ours. 

We've all eaten tonnes and managed to get some good sleeps. we've all completed activities with people we might normally have chosen to pair up with, we've all supported and helped each other. We've laughed a lot and some of us have cried a bit... but we have special memories of the Isle of Wight year 6 trip. 

The staff would like to say a massive 'thank you' to the children for fulfilling all our expectations, for making us all so very proud of your efforts and for the brilliant way you have grown as a team.


Questions:

Who left their PJ's, wallet, book and cuddly toy in their bed?

Who had to completely unpack as their door key was in their welly?

Which 'smug - ha ha, we've all packed! ' room completely forgot about ALL their shoes lined up outside their room and had to start again? 


We forgive you!!! See you soon. 


Day Four in the Isle of Wight

Another quiet night for the children, but a noisy one from the weather. It was super windy and the acorns were really coming down,we woke up to a carpet of them!

Dog and cat impressions this morning, which must have been VERY good, because a local cat came and sat with us! 

Breakfast was a little subdued, as we are all exhausted. But scrambled eggs and bacon woke us up a bit. Lots of exciting activities today: Jacobs ladder, Zip wire, Survivor and Problem solving. The first group zip wiring were 'zipping' in the rain, but they seemed to enjoy it regardless. There was the added competition this year to try and get a ball in a basket as you reached the end of the zip line..... any children who were a little nervous, seemed to overcome their fear as their competitive streak took over. 

Problem solving involved lots of team work. Could they manage to use small pieces of pipe to transport a tennis ball a distance - yes, eventually!  Could they escape from rope handcuffs - no! Could they  work out the quickest way to get hoops around  the circle - YES! 

The sun came out and lunch was 'Baguette day!'

Then back to the activities. Survivor was up in the woods. Our instructor Sage (?) asked the children to construct two shelters, using tarps, ropes and any other materials they could find.

The scout training emerged in several children and they really had a good go and making tents and thinking about protection and if it was weather resistant. Mollie and Georgia however focused on making a sofa, bed, and leaf pillows! Nice! 

 We got to do a bit of whittling, making sticks into  tent poles. Children were VERY focused to carving their sticks, but were a little disappointed when they had to have them 'blunted' to take home! Another group made their own fires using flint. So I feel 6J are fully prepared should we break down on the way home. 

Jacobs ladder involved the kids working in threes to try and help each other reach the summit of a series of huge logs, roped together like a giant ladder. This really stretched their problem solving abilities and required lots of team spirit. 

We were all exhausted by dinner time. Chicken pie, lasagne, chocolate crispie cake.

Back in the huts, we had to think about another dorm inspection... in anticipation of packing, and we also wanted to record a version of 'Streets of London' to send to Mrs Moffett, to prove we'd practised for Harvest. Emma and Eve learned the parts on the ukulele's we'd brought with us and we recorded the song - sounds great! 

Dorm inspection was another success by all, however the girls took the prize this time. Well done Isla, ''Mrs Jago, you need to know, I've cleaned the toilet!!!!!!!' I could tell!


Camp fire this evening. We were collected at 7pm and walked with our torches to one of the campfire areas. We had some songs and stories and toasted marshmallows. It was quite a relaxing evening, until the Little Canada disco started next door! Hmmmmm, not so relaxing! 

Back at the cabins we did our daily nominations. Josie's was the best... 'I just want to say thank you to everyone in my group - for getting me up Jacobs ladder, I was terrified!' A lot of children said 'thank you' to their friends today - they all helped each other out. 

We read some story in the teacher cabin and then got ready for lights out.


Home tomorrow! 



Questions of the day:

Which young lady has lost ALL her shoes?

Who eats sausages with raisins every morning?

Who got stuck up a tree, but pretended they were just 'looking at the view'?

Day Three in the Isle of Wight

Day 3: National Marigold Day! 


Another sunny day, and Mrs Jago woke the children with a variety of farm  animal noises - chickens and sheep today. The children emerged like butterfies, wearing their yellow gloves with pride and sang the Marigold anthem beautifully! Queen Victoria would have been very proud too. 


Breakfast in our PJ's again - sausages and tomatoes and hash browns today. However the porridge is going down a treat with most children! 

Activities today include Aeroball, Giant Swing, Archery, Climbing and Trapeze. 

Many children have been 'facing fears' today, but so far they have all been AMAZING. Everyone is having a go and no one has refused to try anything - wonderful! 

It has been fabulous to walk between groups and see children encouraging those who might be a bit scared and acknowledging when they have done their best. It made the staff very proud of Blackthorns children. 

Mrs Hughes reported that an instructor had said that her group were not only the best of the week, but the best of the season!!! 

Giant Swing was a big hit today. Thank you Henry for screaming so loudly our ears have yet to recover. The girls sang and screamed  'I believe I can fly', then  challenged Marcus and Dylan to a rendition of 'I'm a Barbi girl', which they performed wonderfully well, whilst swinging from a great height! 

Lunch was the 'best sausage rolls ever'  - then we had our shop visit. £10 to spend. Sweet purchases were heavily monitored, but Mrs Jago was impressed with how much the children were thinking about gifts for their families rather than themselves. 

Back to more activities. Lots of climbing HUGE walls and jumping off tall poles to catch trapezes - a usual Wednesday afternoon! The children were absolutely amazing at encouraging each other and pushing each other to reach their limits - they impressed all the instructors. Some even had a go at jumping backwards off the trapeze podium - a first apparently! 

One young  gentleman -  who shall not be named -  earned a forfeit for walking straight through the instructors newly arranged row of harnesses, that she had just finished telling us NOT to walk through and had demonstrated how to walk round them. This person is currently writing a song, to be performed this evening called... 'Sorry, Oh Harness,Sorry''.

Archery proved to be a winner. Several children joining the Little Canada VIP list of bulls eyes scorers.

Special mention to Eve and Izzy T who invented a fabulous new game called ''throw a stick at your helmet and catch it''. Kept us entertained all afternoon and we're sure it will be included in the activity choices next year!  Micah and Johnny gave up and simply saw how many sticks they could stick in the holes of their helmets. 

Dinner time was welcome, as we were all hungry. Chinese chicken, spag bol and....... chocolate ice cream. Yum.

After dinner we were all preparing for Bingo Night  - and competitions.  Mrs Hughes opened her hair salon for one night only and seemed to spend hours plaiting hair. 

Mr Davis emerged from his cabin dressed as an enormous bumble bee, Mrs Ripley as a tiger and Mrs Jago - a unicorn.

The children looked fantastic and we gathered quite a few envious looks as we walked in our gear to the classroom.

We did our daily nominations - lots and lots and lots of nominations for bravery and courage.

Onesie competition was held in a catwalk styley... 3rd place Eve and Izzy J - twin unicorns, 2nd place - Micah, in red, simply because his catwalk 'walk' was OUTSTANDING! 1st place - Josh, the sheep we ALL loved. 

Slippers were very difficult to choose! 3rd place - Ben's gorillas, 2nd - Thomas P's muppets - but first place went to Jacob, for his wonderful homemade slippers - start manufacturing now, they were terrific! 

We also had a fabulous rendition of 'Sorry, oh harness, sorry' by  - person who cannot be named - a standing ovation!!!

Bingo was very serious. Thank you Dan P for being a very efficient bingo caller. Lea was our big winner! But lots of prizes for lines and full house. 

Finally, bed time. The teachers invited children to their  lounge to hear some of our story book if they wanted to. We managed to cram almost all the class in and read for a while - it was a very lovely way to finish a great day. 


Questions of the day:


Who left their room door open ALL afternoon?

Who dropped their key down a hole and blamed their glove?

Which clever young lady worked out the shop over charged her and got her money back?

Which young lady 'exploded' her marigold glove - but still managed to wear it!?

Which two boys entered the slipper competition, then realised they had forgotten to wear their slippers!?


....day two concluded with a lovely dinner of pasta, meatballs, veggie bake and apple crumble and custard - deeeeelicious!


We then all gathered in the classroom for the days nominations. So great to see so many hands up with children wanting to share stories of those who had helped them to succeed or who they thought had really tried hard.

Children then had some time to prepare their rooms for inspection and also decide which cuddly toy was going to be entered into the competition - tough decisions!

Mr Davis, Mrs Hughes and Mrs Jago then inspected every room. (under beds, toilets, behind curtains... and examining strange 'pile' type lumps under duvets. 

Mrs Jago was pleased (and also shocked) to report  that ALL the rooms were of a superior cleaning standard, however two rooms stood out! Cabin 1(girls) came second (sweet wrappers under the bed let them down!) , Cabin 6 (boys)  came first.

The children went off for their evening activity - Passport to the World, whilst Mrs Ripley judged the cuddly toys. ''One of the hardest decisions of my life!'' Mrs Ripley was quoted as saying. 

3rd place: Dan M's 'Monkey'

2nd place: Dylan's 'Wolf'

1st place: Anna's 'Dog' 

Anna gave a rousing speech to her fans, thanking her family and friends for their support, and dedicating the award to her toy. ''I couldn't be more proud'' she said.


All the children were exhausted tonight and were in bed and asleep by 9pm. As were the teachers!

Day Two in the Isle of Wight

We had a peaceful night on the whole. It was raining acorns, but all the children were asleep in pretty good time and we had no nighttime callers. Well done Blackthorns. As one said...''wow, my sleep went quick!' 


We woke to bright sunshine and spotted our first red squirrel! Some children found our 7:05am breakfast a tad early... actually everyone did. As such, we all went into the canteen wearing our Pj's and onesies! Bacon, spaghetti, mushrooms, porridge, fruit etc....One or two children ate their breakfast, but were actually still asleep, as they have no memory of the event!

After breakfast we had an hour to have showers and get the right gear on for our first activity.

However two children failed in this mammoth task  - even though they were reminded, given written detailed WHAT TO WEAR sheets and had ALL their cabin mates to copy....these two are carrying sticks today! 

Giant swing was awesome - 'Sussex by the Sea' was sung from a great height by screaming kids... Mrs Brand would have been proud.

Sensory trail was it's usual success - ever the teachers favourite...it's the chance for children to use their leadership skills and it's the chance for teachers to pour water down children's wellies and enhance their sensory responses! 

Fencing is always something Blackthorns excel at. Once again the instructors were amazed with the natural talent our kids have.... they were also very impressed with how sportsmanlike they were; they all chose different partners for each duel without being told to! 

A quick break and then time for Dragon Boat racing! WOW, this was great fun. 

Mrs Hughes was in charge of one boat and Mr Davis the other. Both took the racing rather seriously  - especially when they were racing against other schools! Needless to say, Mr Davis and his crew won every race! Look out Long John Silver! 

Time for lunch.

Beef curry, baked potatoes and fillings, salad bar and delicious soup!

We had time for a football match and then off we sent again. This time more fencing, archery and sensory trails.


Tonight we have our cuddly toy competition and the first room inspection.... Mrs Jago fears that this may not go well, as she has already tripped over several pairs of random wellies that appear to have no homes. There are more pairs of footwear on this trip than we have ever seen before! 


Questions of the day so far.

Who dropped their paddle into the sea, never to be seen again, and is now writing a poem called 'Ode to the brave paddle'?

Who grovelled really successfully and managed to get another room key from reception?

Which young man dropped their key through the decking and had to get 4 others linked together with a stick to retrieve it? 

Which stylish lady has worn a new outfit for every activity?


....day two concluded with a lovely dinner of pasta, meatballs, veggie bake and apple crumble and custard - deeeeelicious!

We then all gathered in the classroom for the days nominations. So great to see so many hands up with children wanting to share stories of those who had helped them to succeed or who they thought had really tried hard.

Children then had some time to prepare their rooms for inspection and also decide which cuddly toy was going to be entered into the competition - tough decisions!

Mr Davis, Mrs Hughes and Mrs Jago then inspected every room. (under beds, toilets, behind curtains... and examining strange 'pile' type lumps under duvets. 

Mrs Jago was pleased (and also shocked) to report  that ALL the rooms were of a superior cleaning standard, however two rooms stood out! Cabin 1(girls) came second (sweet wrappers under the bed let them down!) , Cabin 6 (boys)  came first.


The children went off for their evening activity - Passport to the World, whilst Mrs Ripley judged the cuddly toys. ''One of the hardest decisions of my life!'' Mrs Ripley was quoted as saying. 

3rd place: Dan M's 'Monkey'

2nd place: Dylan's 'Wolf'

1st place: Anna's 'Dog' 


Anna gave a rousing speech to her fans, thanking her family and friends for their support, and dedicating the award to her toy. ''I couldn't be more proud'' she said.


All the children were exhausted tonight and were in bed and asleep by 9pm. As were the teachers!


Tune in next time for more adventures!

Day one in the Isle of Wight

Weather report: Sunshine and showers. 

We all had a good bus  and ferry journey. It was bright sunshine on the boat, but very windy and we all had a lot of fun blowing about on deck. 
We arrived at Little Canada and were welcomed by our Groupie - 'Red'. She made sure all the children played some games and also went on a tour of the site, whilst our rooms were being prepared. Everyone was excited about finding out who they were sharing with and so eventually we thought we would put them out of their misery and let them into their cabins. 
We are all staying in 'Quebec', and they are warm and cosy. 
Much fun was had watching children climb into their duvet covers in order to work out how to get it on their duvet! 
Some of us went up to the football pitches and played a game - Mrs Jago was very impressed with how fairly everyone picked teams and played. Sam fell over a lot, Thomas B had a fabulous elbow plant and Dan M scored 5 goals!Well done Josie and Emma for joining in too - girl power!
We had our dinner at 5.30pm. Veggie curry, Steak and Mushroom pie, sausages and mash - and doughnuts! Everyone stuffed their faces - teachers were quite surprised how small people can manage to consume so much! 
After dinner, we went into the classroom and read some of our class book and had a quiz. 
What's a small kangaroo called - answer..... A 'Willerby! '
What word comes at the end of a prayer - answer..... 'Men' 
tee hee

So now the children are having their final session of the day - a group activity quiz. We shall all then try and go to sleep ready for our busy day tomorrow: dragon boat racing, the sensory trail and lots more! 

Questions of the day....
Who left her hoody in the toilets in the ferry terminal?
Who told us that he'd left his  lunch in his suitcase, then this evening found it in their hand luggage?
Who was attacked by their own suitcase and had to wrestle with it on the floor of the hall?
Who filled everyone's wellies with acorns?