Monday 10th March
Life began early at Ms Dargavel's house. In fact, she did not really get any sleep at all, worrying about how all the children were going to cope in Colomendy. She need not have worried, as all the children had settled in by the end of the first day.
With bags, packed lunches, bags, medication, bags, money, bags, first aid kits, bags, Tion, crocodiles and did I mention bags, we set off for Wales just after 11am. Three minutes into journey came the inevitable 'Are we nearly there yet?' from Milly. The journey was fine. Mr Hollis' flask decided to go on an adventure of its own round a corner. Ms Dargavel won £1,000,000 in Who Wants to be a Millionaire and Mr Hale supervised all the children and the sick! Numerous battles were fought on PSP, iPads and 3DSs.
At exactly 2pm we arrived at Colomendy (just as Mr Hollis had said) and got all our gear off the bus. We met Taz, who was going to our team leader for the week and had a tour of the site and played a wicked game of dwarf, wizard or giant. After exploring the whole site and about 2 hours later (it was only about 20 minutes later) Mrs S and W turned up.
We headed to our rooms and discovered that boys really do have smelly feet! The girls had the edge in the bed making stakes, whereas the boys felt a bit put out with the demonstration from the teachers. Eventually all were ready and we headed off for our first activities.
Mrs Sisson's group made an extremely impressive start with Leap of Faith, an activity where they had to climb a telegraph pole and leap off, catching a swing. A real test of nerve, which nearly the whole group managed. They really tested their bravery, particularly impressive were Mahdiyya, Jor-el and Hamzah, who was a great role model to the others. Mr Hale's group started off bouldering - climbing across a wall sideways - Mitchell was really impressive at this. Mrs Wellington's and Ms Dargavel's group began with Flashdance - an animation film story where Shuaib, Tion and Rianne made an elephant epic with the hero Nellie getting the girl in the end. Kuba and Bilal had some really creative ideas in their animation.
Dinner was great - cheesy pasta, spag bol and chicken fajitas followed by apple crumble. Food was despatched quickly and back to rooms to wrap up warm for the campfire.
We had songs about sharks, bananas, a say boom chicka boom and many more. We had a joke standoff - Haris and Sanaa had us splitting our sides. Sanaa said:
"What's the difference between a teacher and a train driver? A teacher tells children not to chew but a train driver says choo choo choo"
Mr Hale was soundly beaten in the joke stand off against Mr Hollis (a budding comedian - so he thinks!), as the children did not find Mr Hale's frog and toilet joke that funny. Jor-el, Mia and Haris gave us some riddles to solve and then we ate pop corn cooked in the fire. Jahrel and Daaniyal threw together a few moves dancing round the fire.
Finally it was hot chocolate time and bed. At 10.15pm it was lights out and the teachers sat listening to sounds of ZZZZzzzzzzzs hitting the ceiling.