Thursday 25th February 2016

I was woken up by the sound of the hoover this morning. Part of me was impressed and the other part could not believe it was half past seven already! The boys got an early start on the hoovering, while the girls opted to clean out their bin and make their beds first. Once the excitement of cleaning had worn off, we headed off for breakfast. A hearty breakfast of bacon and fried eggs was waiting for us today. It went down very well, with most of the group looking to sneak seconds!

Our first activity of the day was mountain biking. Ann-Marie explained to everyone what equipment they would need for this activity then took us outside to show us the route that we would be taking.

Once we had all of the gear and our bikes we lined up for a quick practise and then headed off into the forest.

All of the children enjoyed going down the hills and through the puddles, however, peddling up the hills was “a lot harder than going downhill!” This was a shock to some of the group!

We arrived back at the centre covered in mud and ready for lunch. After a quick brush down of the mud we refuelled with some cheese and ham rolls, pasta and salad. We then had enough time for a short go on the play equipment before we headed back out go orienteering in the woods.

Ann-Marie split the children into two teams, gave them a map, and then asked them to find their way around the woodland, finding the different markers shown on the map. The children were on excellent behaviour and cooperated well within their groups, as well as being polite to the members of the public they saw.

 

After we have finished the orienteering, we the carried out some conservation work to help us work towards the John Muir award. As part of the conservation work the children helped to clear a section of the woodland, removing brambles, making it more accessible for the public. This also helps the other plants within the forest to grow. All of the children were enthusiastic and got stuck in to this activity!

The children have had a roast for tea! The majority of them went back for seconds, it was lovely! The children have just been to visit the shop and are currently diary writing. They are all in good spirits and are still full of energy!

We will be arriving back around half past three tomorrow. If this time changes, we will let you know. See you tomorrow…

Wednesday 24th February 2016

Another great night, with everyone sleeping through to 7 o’clock. Today Erica greeted us with a breakfast of hash browns, spaghetti hoops and toast. After the children had eaten they carried out their jobs of recycling and cleaning. There has been a definite improvement in the cleaning skills!!

The first activity that we would be doing today was canoeing. The children were given instruction of what they needed to wear and then headed up to the drying room to put on the rest of their canoeing gear. Getting into the canoeing equipment was not an easy task…

Luckily, we all managed it in the end.

We have been lucky so far with the weather and today was no exception. It was a beautiful day out on the lake, and while the water was chilly, the sun shone brightly throughout the whole session. All of the children enjoyed canoeing and once we had mastered turning, had great fun navigating around the lake. At the end of the session some of the children thought it would be a good idea to jump into the water.

Some people instantly regretted this decision…

However, Matt and Jackie had a plan to warm up. Hot chocolates all round went down a treat!

After a shower to warm up and lunch we were ready to head out for the afternoon activity. We headed off to West Angle for rock pooling. The children were excellent and found lots of different sea animals in the pools including crabs, fish and sea snails. Some were more impressed than others.

 

For tea the children have had chicken curry or sweet and sour children with rice. Our evening activity was taken by Jackie, who arranged a camp fire and a singsong. We have just finished writing the diaries and the children are enjoying some free time before bed.

Tomorrow we have mountain biking and orienteering to look forward to. I will update you again tomorrow.

Tuesday 23rd February 2016

Hello everyone! Our first full day in Stackpole has been spent out walking the coastline and rock climbing, with lunch on the beach.

After a FULL NIGHTS SLEEP and a breakfast of bacon and eggs we were ready for the day ahead.

We were with Ben again today, who explained that we would be spending the whole day away from the centre. For this everyone would need to wrap up warm. Some of the group took this more seriously than others, with Owen putting on 5 layers. The weather was fantastic all day which made that walk along the coast very enjoyable. We saw some of the local wildlife and were able to see the Pembrokeshire coastline at its best.

Having enjoyed the sea air we made our way to Barafundle Beach where we had lunch.

With our energy regained we then started to move some of the rubbish off the beach. The beach was covered with pieces of netting and plastic, but thanks to the effort of the mighty 10, we were able to shift a lot of the rubbish. Ben was very impressed with the attitude of the group who, as always, were on excellent form.

After this we headed off to do some rock climbing. Everyone gave the climbing a go, with some really taking to it. One person who stood out was Kaylie, who was able to climb both sides of the wall and then did it blindfolded!

After climbing we headed back to the centre where we had dinner. The highlight of the evening was the chocolate cake, which was shovelled down at a fair pace!

The evening activity was the nightline. For this activity the children were given blindfolds and then needed to find their way from the start to finish. We then took some time to sit down and admire the stars and listen to the different noises of Stackpole at night.

 

The children have been having some free time, where they have been playing games. Everyone is in good spirits and is looking forward to tomorrows activities. 

Monday 22nd February 2016

Evening everybody, just a quick update on how everything is going. Everyone has settled into Stackpole life well and is having a great time. The class are currently recycling, clearing up from dinner and measuring the electricity they have used throughout the day.

Here is how the day went:

We left school around 9:00 and arrived at Stackpole Centre at 11:30 The two and a half hour journey to Stackpole seemed to pass very quickly, the singing skills of Year 6 helped to pass the time. As we arrived we were greeted by one of the instructors who then showed the children to their rooms.

Lunch was at 12 o’clock, so with the half hour of time available to the children they were given one task… unpack. As usual this was an entertaining process! However, against the odds, everyone was eventually unpacked and ready for lunch.

After lunch the children were introduced to the different instructors who will be working with them this week: Ac, Matt, Ben and Ann-Marie. Ben then explained what our afternoon activity would be.

We spent the afternoon exploring Stackpole and the surrounding area. We walked around the three lakes and headed towards the Broad Haven Beach. The children took charge of the map and we set off.

We then ran into a slight problem….

Leah had managed to drop the map into the lake.

We managed to make it down to the beach, where we pretty much had the entire beach to ourselves. The children enjoyed the beach where they were able to explore caves and play games.

We have just finished a large dinner of sausages, mash, carrots and gravy, followed by jam sponge. The plan for tonight is that the children will work on their ‘Stackpole Diary’, followed by a fire drill. Once this is done this the children will have free time, where they will be encouraged to go and wash!

Goodnight from us all, an update will be posted around a similar time tomorrow!

Residential trip - Stackpole

Stackpole Trip

22nd-26th February 2016

Year 6 were very excited about their trip to Stackpole. Click here to find out a little more about this Outdoor Learning Centre run by the National Trust.

Mr Griffiths will post daily updates here during the week – click on the links below to read about each day’s activities: