Come and see what the children are up to on their residential camp!
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After a long journey there, with a sunny lunch stop in Abergavenny, we finally arrived at Manor Adventure!
The children were given a tour of the site and had to carry their luggage all the way to the top floor of the hotel!! (Haha!)
All three groups were straight off to their first activity. One group took on the low ropes and tackled all the challenges that were given to them there! Lots of diamond and emerald power.
One group went on the obstacle course. They had to work together to get through all the obstacles. Kesheba managed to get her head stuck in the tyres much to the entertainment of the rest of the group! Fleur conquered her height fears and lots of fantastic team work.
The other group went straight to archery and all improved or learned how to shoot an arrow. The children all enjoyed trying to hit the targets and we totted up our scores at the end! The winner was Olivia, followed by Keziah! They had some great scores. Miss Webb was hot on their tails until a very dodgy second round!
After our first delicious dinner, children headed off to the overnight camp all excited for what lay ahead.
We arrived down there, they 'popped' their tents and then got ready for evening games. They played lots of rounds of sniper…which went down amazingly well! Alex, Courtney, Miss Webb, Harry Jefferies and Connor all got pretty close to base.
They then had a game of Manor Adventure Kwik Cricket…It was a great game and children all enjoyed themselves despite the midges!
They then moved to the camp fire to escape the midges, joined in with a game of black magic, with a few children finally cracking the pattern. The children all EVENTUALLY went to sleep in their tents, after some encouragement!
So far, our children are proving just how amazing they are at representing the Meadows by fantastic behaviour, manners and courtesy to adults! They were brilliant during the fire-drill and would have made Mrs Harding really proud!
We'll keep you updated! I will try and upload photos, but the wifi in Wales is questionable at the best of times!
A very early start this morning! Children were stirring awake from 5:30am, chatting in their tents. When it was time to get up at 6:30...the camp instructors took no prisoners, seeming as they had been deprived of sleep the previous night! We got everyone up (well, Callum was dragged out and tipped out of his sleeping bag - he refused to get out of the tent at first!) and then headed back to the hotel, where a shower and hot breakfast was welcomed, with the first session off, they had a chance to get themselves together.
We headed off to our first activity as a whole class - which was wide games! Lots of 40-40, knights, cavaliers and princesses and sardines.
One group then headed off to the stand up paddle boards, which was brilliant! Harry C was first to fall in the water and did it in fantastic style! Courtney, Leah, Kayleigh and Fleur were all fantastic when falling in the water...they absolutely loved it!
Another group were doing the lake challenge, enjoying zip-wiring across the lake and then being pulled back by the friends in a boat. The other group were doing the low ropes - enjoying the challenges that they faced there. Catya had to take a cup of water around the trail, but she wasn't able to use her hands! She thought her pocket was a good idea...it wasn't!
The next activity was stand up paddle boards for some - Miss Webb was involved in this group. Everyone was ready to get going...So many children were enjoying paddling away across the lake! Miss Webb barely got anywhere before falling in.
Ella, Harry G, Charli, Amelie, Raine & Amelia were all in the water pretty quickly. All the children enjoyed taking on the challenges that the instructor gave them - trying to jump around in a circle, do a roly-poly on the paddle board, jump onto each others boards and basically 'take down' the people that had not already fallen in.
The final activity was the low ropes for one group, where Kesheba found everything absolutely hilarious and the instructor took great pleasure in throwing pine cones at her! (She threw them first!) The other two groups were both on the climbing wall! They were AMAZING at encouraging each other to find the right grips, acting as each others belay's and nearly EVERYONE got to the top of the wall. Lucy found it really hard and only got a third of the way up then got scared...but on her second attempt, with amazing encouragement, she got to the top in record time!
A really good day today and everyone has gone to bed really well after such a late night the previous night! Photos coming along slowly.
Everyone has had such a fantastic day today! A good night's sleep has made the world of difference with their energy levels! One group headed down to the lake challenge where everyone enjoyed zip-wiring across the lake! A good trip! Another group took on the obstacle course and worked at doing all of the different obstacles as a team. They all thoroughly enjoyed this. The other group went down to do stand up paddle boards (which Miss Webb went along to as well) and they had the most amazing time! The children all loved the experience and every single child ended up in the water loads, whether it was due to balance or another child pushing them in, they didn't care!
Miss Webb spent a lot of this session in the water! No thanks to Callum, Amy, Keziah and Alex! Although I was sure to make sure that they also went in!
After a quick break, one group headed to the obstacle course, another to archery and the other to take on the climbing wall. It was great to see so many children get to the top of the climbing wall - they had a great feeling of achievement! Huge emerald power!
After lunch, it was a calmer afternoon for some, doing orienteering and Bivi! They were challenged to build a shelter that Miss Webb would sleep in...I actually would have, it was that good, but only if I had to! Another group did the bike ride and although they found it really hard, they managed to get through it with some positive encouragement.
The evening was spent by having a game of rounders, Mrs Richter teaching the children some new gymnastics skills, loom band making and poi skills, and all of that was before the evening session.
Two groups went off to do abseiling together, whilst another went off to do rifle shooting. The abseiling teams were really good at encouraging each other and we were so happy that EVERYONE went down the wall. Lucy was the star of the evening; she came back down the stairs due to her fear of heights, but then she managed to conquer this fear and abseil down the wall! (TWICE!) What a fantastic day.
We ended it with hot chocolate and camp highlights. A wet day lies ahead tomorrow...
A very busy day for everyone today! We started off all together and headed off to the lake for canoeing and kayaking as a whole class. It was really good fun to go down together. We all kitted up in our water gear and half of us headed out in the canoes and the other half on the kayaks. It involves lots of team work in the canoes to keep the balance together. The instructors for this activity were awesome and had them playing some fantastic games! Callum, Harry J and Harry G decided to try and tip lots of learners out of their canoes. Annabelle, Millie and Lucy took no prisoners and fought back with avengence!
The kayakers were having a marvellous time playing lots of mini challenges, including capsizing their kayaks and getting on top of them. Harry C pushed Mr Wichard into the lake and he loved it!
When the other group went out the kayaks, Miss Webb went with that group and spent the whole time kayaking away from Connor so that he didn't push her in! Callum again got into pushing people in and everyone really enjoyed being chased and then getting their revenge! It was a fantastic morning, even though it was raining! Everyone fully embraced the weather.
After lunch, some children went off to do abseiling, whilst another group did fencing. It was good fun doing fencing! Miss Webb beat lots of children. Amy played brilliantly, as did Olivia, Catya, Joe and Keziah. Callum won the tournament that the instructor organised and he didn't let people forget it!
In abseiling, Harry C shone and really got on well with the activity...other children in that group that conquered the abseiling wall were Kesheba, Leah, Kayleigh and Max G! Group 2 had their double cycling session and they all had a fantastic time, even with acheing legs for some of them, they persevered and really enjoyed themselves. Zip wire was great fun for a group of children as they all flew off the tower, loving every second.
After a delicious BBQ dinner, the children were heading off to their last evening activity. One group did the zip wire and as the others before them, loved the thrill of flying across the centre. Another group did rifles and this was great fun, with the whole group hitting the target, even if they struggled at first. Joe was brilliant at rifle shooting and got lots of top scores! Keziah managed to get a 6 in rifles! The other group headed off to do Bivi and got to building a den for one of our favourite instructors Grace.
We ended the night, as we had all week, with hot chocolate, treats and highlights of the day!
What a fantastic day we have had. It is sad to think we have only got half a day left at this fantastic place! So many children have really come into their own and loved every second of it, which has been wonderful to see!