Wednesday 12th March
Bleary eyed and zombie like to the thunder of 'Living On A Prayer', Mr Hale finally appeared from his room ready for the challenges of a new day. The Year 5 boys rocked out as they got ready, much to the annoyance of the Year 6 boys, who wanted a bit of Little Mix! We had reached our middle day without too much trauma. Some children had complained of nightmare visions of seeing the teachers sing and dance.....until they were reminded that was not a nightmare but a reality. Dressed and smartly groomed (see Ms D - an adverb) the troop bundled their weary way down to breakfast on Day 3.
Breakfast was another warm meal and yes to all the parents, who are worrying, your child is eating the food. After breakfast, we prepared for our activities, each group with a new target for the day ahead.
First for Group E today was Saving Swampy - a fight between saving a local wood or building a chemical factory. The children had to do lots of science experiments to prove whether or not certain facts were right. Isaac and Shuaib were excellent plant spotters and Yusuf discovered a fox print under a tree. It was with great delight that a new partnership flourished between Tion and Alicia, who brought the best out of each other. After collecting a mountain of evidence, we went off caving. Again extra mention must go to Alicia and Tumelo for their help when clambering through the caverns. The whole group surged with pride afterwards and had a new found buzz.
In the afternoon, Group E headed up the very steep hill to the 3G Swing and again almost every child succeeded in meeting the target they had set themselves. Veena was our trail blazer - soaring to the top before swinging down the floor. It was great to see children like Marshell and Marc pushing their boundaries but also being extra supportive to everyone else in the group. Great teamwork got us through the task. Problem solving amongst the trees came next... Let's just say this is not our group's strength. We ended up with Daniyal in the mud, Sumire and Veena doing some sort of dance on a log and Mr Hollis and Ms Dargavel collapsing in laughter. Out of it all however, Marc and Rianne proved to be great leaders and organisers.
Group F had yet another trip up into the picturesque woods , however this time it was on a very special mission - to save a young eco warrior called Swampy. The children were given a task to complete - finding evidence to support Swampy's cause and free Kingswood from the evil clutches of developers. Danyaal, Bilal, Moosa and Kuba uncovered evidence which clearly showed that Swampy was in fact not a villain but a hero. The group then joined forces with Group E to start their epic journey through the dark perils which lay before them within the caves. Although Mia and Louise found this activity difficult, they both fought through their fears to eventually complete three cave routes. Well done girls.
The afternoon was filled with high wire challenges (Jungle Vines, Zip Wire). Juanitia, Jorgia and Isha were - as far as I was concerned- born climbers, conquering the climbs in break neck speeds! Sabah has become a true adventurer and has proved that she can achieve anything when she sets her mind to it. It has been almost impossible to find anything that these fantastic children cannot achieve. They have proved that they are able to encourage, motivate and comfort each other with such maturity, it makes my role here almost redundant!