On Monday 10th June, our year 6 children arrived at school with their suitcases ready for their residential trip to Humphrey Head. A two hour coach trip later and they rocked up at the activity center ready for lunch. After making their beds themselves they headed out for orienteering and then back to the camp for tea which went down a treat after all that walking!
Tuesday dawned with the thundering of feet through the corridors to the toilets which woke up poor Miss Reynolds!! After a hearty breakfast of cereal, fruit and bacon butties, the groups ventured outside to try abseiling, ghyll scrambling (rocky climbs mixed with scrambling up a mountain beck, traversing deep pools and climbing small waterfalls!), bush craft and sea traversing. A roast dinner was demolished by the groups that night after a thoroughly enjoyable day!
The groups then changed activities so they covered what they hadn’t done the previous day. The bush skills included whittling their own tent pegs and building shelters. The children cooked their own lunch, which was pan fried pizza and marshmallows toasted on an open fire. Another amazing day finished off with a turkey curry with rice, naan bread and poppadoms – yum!
Thursday was a day trip out to Windermere for hiking up Gummer’s How, canoeing and raft building. The views were spectacular and everyone was a little overwhelmed by the beauty of it all.
Each night Mr Goodacre kept the troops entertained by teaching them card games – cheats and spoons were a firm favourite!
On the last morning, everyone was woken by the sound of rain hammering on the windows – at least it waited until the last day! The mammoth packing event then took place followed by some team activities before lunch and the coach home. Parents were pleased to see their children home safe, who were a little more reluctant to leave their friends. The piles of washing brought back certainly kept the parents busy over the weekend!
Some of the quotes from children regarding the week include ‘Loved all of the activities and the food was fantastic – best cook in the world!’ and ‘Food was great, loved all the activities especially the Ghyll scrambling and would love to go back again this week!’
A huge thank you to Mrs Perry, Mr Goodacre and Miss Reynolds, as well as all of the instructors from Humphrey Head for making the week such an exciting, enjoyable, adventurous and memorable experience for the children.