All were soon ready for breakfast looking refreshed and revived. Scrambled eggs, beans, hash browns, cereals and a nice cuppa gave us all a warm feeling. Next were the morning activities.
Group E had an up and down morning. Laser Quest was particularly exciting, making and defending bases with lasers. Rianne was very cunning facing the boys and Tion, Isaac and Alicia proved to be a great team. Though none were better than Shuaib and his cunning plans that kept everyone guessing and were very sneaky - like getting people when their backs were turned. This was followed by jungle vines, a rope traverse in the trees. Rianne, Mark and Sumire crossed with ease. We all played Robin Hood in the archery session after, with Danyaal and Marc being very accurate. Lunch was quickly eaten and afternoon activities continued and the endless trudge up the large hill to the activities. Group E continued their flash dance animations and then headed for the zip wire. What a star Shuaib turned out to be going first and heading straight down the line, despite his heart beating fast. He was quickly pursued by Veena, Rianne, Sumire, Daniyal and others all flying through the air. To finish we tried out hand at the Jacob's Ladder, a rope and pulley ladder. The team pulled well together but we finished the day knowing we were capable of more.
Group F had yet another amazing day! Although it was a very cold start, trudging up the hill towards Jacob's Ladder, did set the pace for the day ahead. Both Sabah and Louise showed such confidence and determination, overcoming their fears and anxieties have helped them cope better with new and unseen challenges. Jahrel, Danyaal and Moosa have led the team throughout the whole day and are all demonstrating great leadership skills. I think the whole group will agree with me that their best activity so far has been the Laser Zone, where they were given laser guns and asked to roam the woods in order to capture/defend their opponent’s flag. The best camping (hiding) tactics had to go to Kuba, who saw a stack of tyres and hid it them, firing multiple shots at unsuspecting victims as they ran past. Who knows what tomorrows challenges will bring but I am sure it will be an equally eventful day.
Full of enthusiasm, Group G excitedly scaled the hill up to the archery range. Robin Hood now had a new band of outlaws, as the children coped admirably with shooting arrows from full sized long bows. Hamzah was the star of the activity - scoring the highest points. We have discovered a 'young whippet' within the group. Mahdiyya showed how speedy and flexible her body was - scaling heights, climbing, abseiling and bouldering. Maariyah overcame her fears of the 3G swing. She soared and flew through the air, landing with a huge smile on his face. Jor-el and Jermaine have shown how nimble and athletic they were on the bouldering wall and climbing wall.
As for group H, well they were troopers without a doubt. Some technical difficulties meant that a certain Hamidha was left hanging around for a while clinging onto ice cold bars developing ice cold fingers! The smile drained but soon returned when released from the 3G swing high amongst the trees. Well done Hamidha! Abseiling was attempted by almost everyone but was conquered by only a few. Asmita took it on with a smile and Haris overcame his fears to 'show his beams' (whatever that means?!) and declare 'you've seen it once, now you'll see it twice' referring to his victory in the abseiling in Edale. Mitchell showed prowess on the climbing wall while Philomena fell around laughing and even forgot her name when asked by the instructor. The day has been interspersed by copious plates of delicious food that Mr Hale is enjoying no end!
Finally on day two, karaoke was enjoyed by all, the highlight of which was a bellowing 'Living on a prayer' from Asmita, Veena, Sanaa and Philomena. Where were the ear-plugs?! The teachers gave a great rendition of Dancing Queen, which was won by Mr Hollis and Ms Dargavel. Who said teachers can't win!!!!