It's just after 10.30pm on Thursday evening and (nearly) every child is fast asleep - and no wonder after another fun filled day of laughter and adventure.
So, there may be a few sets of photos to add, later tonight, but this is the last post!
After breakfast this morning, we set off for more fun group activities. Back together for lunch (hot dogs or cheese and onion pasties and potato wedges).
Then off for more activities and perhaps the most challen
ging so far - abseiling! The children were so brave and many of them conquered their fears to step 'over the edge'. When they were not taking part they were supporting and encouraging those who were less confident - so lovely to see!
Back together for dinner - southern fried chicken or mac n cheese fish cakes!, followed by strawberry ice cream.We gave a big THANK YOU to the catering staff who have worked so hard and been so friendly throughout the week (I think it's quite unusual for schools to do this but it's so important for our children to be grateful for all that they receive).
Next it was time to don the Hawaiian outfits! We had the beach completely to ourselves and your children had so much fun playing in the sand, building sandcastles - when will they ever get the chance to do that again with 57 of their friends?!
So, we trudged back up the hill, shook the sand from our feet and for some of us it was time to crowd around our phones to listen to or watch the second half of a very important West Ham game!
We get up early tomorrow, strip our beds, take our suitcases to the holding area, before breakfast at 8:20am. We will then take part in two more activities before boarding the coach and waving goodbye to a holiday that the children will hopefully remember for years to come.
Aside from the many activities they have challenged themselves to take part in, they have faced even bigger challenges of sharing a room with others, making their own beds, trying new food and being independent. Please remind them that they have gone without their phones for nearly a week AND survived!
All of the adults will agree that they have been an absolute joy and, as always, we have received many compliments about their friendliness, good nature and consistently superb behaviour.
They have displayed excellent manners and have represented their families and our school brilliantly. Each and every one of them has been extremely brave, conquering their fears and achieving so much. Most importantly, they have developed further their friendships, have been kind and encouraging, supported one another with kind words and actions, and even a hug or two when needed. They will arrive home tomorrow afternoon better prepared for their next big adventure, when they move on to secondary school in September. However, they may need dunking in a warm soapy bath before you get too close!
Of course, none of this would be possible without the following five people:
Mrs Marshall, Mrs Hopkins, Mrs Rance, Miss Pelham and Mr Geeson.
Nothing has been too much trouble for these wonderful adults and they have given the children superb care 24 hours a day, and always with a beaming smile.
They have proved that not all superheroes wear capes!
Although you will be desperate to grab your child and take them home tomorrow afternoon, please turn them around and ensure that they say a massive THANK YOU!
Please share all of the blog posts with your child during the weekend as they
haven't seen any of these photos and will love telling you about their adventures.
We look forward to seeing you all tomorrow afternoon