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Kingswood Educational Visit 2018

Wednesday 27th June

The countdown has begun! Only two more day until the big trip to Kingswood Residential Centre. I’m not sure who is more excited for this trip, the staff, or the children. Please remember to use the checklist when packing for the trip as we wouldn’t want you to forget anything! We also advise that your child brings their checklists with them so they can use this when packing to come home. We will keep in daily contact with you during the trip. However, from previous years, we know that the signal is not the best so the pictures may take a little longer to upload. Please remember that the bus will be leaving promptly at  9.15m. Therefore, we expect to see and sea of grey Pencaerau T-shirts at 8.45am. This is going to be a trip to remember, so don’t forget to wear your biggest smiles! Mum's, there wont be any issues so leave your tissues at home haha!

Welcome to Kingswood Pencaerau

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Friday 29th June

Celebrate good times, come on! I wonder how many of you sang that haha. We arrived here at Kingswood at 2.13pm (our quickest time yet). To those parents/ guardians who thought their child would be upset leaving…I hate to say I told you so! Moral is high here at camp as you can see from the video attached. We have just met our camp leader Ruby, who has already taught us how to ‘get loose, get funky and down to the beat’. The children's excitement levels are raising as they prepare to take on caving and the night walk. 

Day 1 of Mrs Lloyd and Mrs Crocker trying to get a Love Island beach body and the cracks are already beginning to show..

 

I’m a celebrity!

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Saturday 30th June

After finishing yesterday with a water fight in the heat, your little darlings were shattered. Water ’n amazing experience haha. Lights out was at 10:00pm. For the first time ever, we have had a tie for ‘The Tidiest Room Award’. The winners of ‘The Tidiest Room Award’ goes to room 8 (Thanisha, Olivia and Sophie) and room 3 (Jac, Jacob, Alfie and Lee). Yes parents, you read it right... SPOTLESS! Your children couldn’t believe their eyes when they saw the broad selection available on the breakfast menu.

 

We have been extremely busy today! The sun has got his hat on and so have we. Let’s just say, the Rehydration Station has been fully utilised. The children particularly enjoyed Jacob’s Ladder. Many children are overwhelmed that they have confronted some of their fears. If you’ve ever been to Kingswood then you probably won’t believe me when I say that Pencaerau finally defeated Jacobs Ladder. Yes, you read that correctly! The first person ever to defeat Jacobs Ladder in Pencaerau (in 3 years) was… drum roll, please….Marshall! Miss Boston shortly followed behind him. In addition to these activities, the children took part in Bouldering, Low Ropes, Problem Solving, and Archery. However, my favourite activity to watch was they Night Line. The Night Line required the children to navigate their way through a series of obstacles and mazes as a group, relying heavily on the trust and the support of each other in a safe and secure environment. However, their imaginations were running wild about what was around them which resulted in a few screams. To be fair to the children, most of the screams were from Miss Powell! We have finished our night with multiples moments of triumph during the Scrapheap Challenge. The Scrapheap Challenged required us to use initiative, teamwork and a whole lot of rubbish to create rockets to blast into the sky.

This isn’t Jacobs Ladder, this is Marshall’s Ladder!

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This isn’t Jacobs Ladder, this is Miss Boston’s Ladder!

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Scrap Heap Challenge

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   Sunday 1st July

Last night we opened the school tuck shop. As you can imagine, the queue was as big as Home Bargains queue during after school hours. Even after consuming fizzy pop and chewy snakes, they still went to sleep at a reasonable hour.

 

Love Island beach body update: The teachers have now started practicing Tai Chi whilst the children are in bed. Although, I’m not sure how much good that will do after the amount of food they’ve consumed haha.

 

You might be shocked when I say that some of the children were cleaning their rooms last night to try and win ‘The Tidiest Room Award’. In fact, I can already imagine some of you are thinking “that definitely wouldn’t have been (insert your child’s name here)”. Well, it’s true! I think it is fair to say that the girls have upped their game massively. As a result, the proud winners of ‘The Tidiest Room Award’ goes to Casey, Chanelle and Amy. The children have behaved fantastically this whole trip and it’s been picked up by the kitchen staff who gave us extra Rocky Road desserts last night for tidying our dinner tables… RESULT!

 

After splitting up into groups this morning the children did a variety of activities including Frisbee Golf, Bushcraft Shelter and Aeroball. Our instructors have been excellent and have even made getting to and from activities fun and engaging by singing repeat after me songs. Our afternoon will consisted of Orienteering, Abseiling, Climbing and Campfire.

Monday 2nd July

We spent last night roasting our marshmallows over the Campfire until they were soft and gooey. The children’s expectations of the Campfire were high but the teacher’s expectations were even higher. However, the staff blew all of our expectations to create memories that will never be forgotten. I’m sure that this would have been one of the highlights for the children so I will let them tell you all about the craziness that occurred.

 

The children were amazing getting up today. We have reached the point where Mrs Lloyd is unable to judge the tidiest rooms as there was not a spec of rubbish in any of them. Both the children and staff were ready way ahead of schedule... I know, I didn’t think Mrs Lloyd could be on time either! We are sad that the trip is ending. However, we have had a hearty and delicious breakfast and we are set for the last activities of the trip which are the Giant Zipline and Fencing. The estimated time of arrival to the school is 6.00pm. However, those of you whose children came last year will know that the journey doesn’t always run as expected. In the result of the journey taking longer than anticipated, the school will be informed. We will be returning your children to you in the same manner that you gave them to us… fed and watered with smiles on their faces. As the saying goes, we didn’t realise we were making memories. We just knew we were having fun!

We have a birthday!

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Choose faith instead of fear and life will become a lot more fun!

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We’re on our way!

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