We have just this moment arrived back at St Nicks after a lovely residential at Overstrand Hall. For a number of children it was the first taste of staying away from home and Ms Norton and I thought they acquitted themselves beautifully in spite of one or two wobbles. It was a full on residential with very little free time. The centre staff were great and guided the children through the various activities. As is always the case with these trips there are one or two activities that perhaps don’t capture the imagination as much as others but I would say that the children were keen and up for almost everything.
I think the highlight for a number of the children was the final morning activities; Jacob’s Ladder and Caving. These were two really hands on tasks that required the children to be on their mettle. They conducted themselves brilliantly and all gave each challenging task a great go. I was especially buoyed to hear that a number of the Year 3 and 4 group reached the top of Jacob’s Ladder, bravo!
Abseiling was another of the highlights for a number of the children. Real bravery was shown in the face of a genuine fear – excellent work!
One of our prime objectives for the trip was to foster co-operation and teamwork. There were lots of activities where the children needed to genuinely work together to achieve the intended outcome – from organising the class line on a wobbly board to balancing the enormous balance beam, getting your classmates through a spiders web of ropes and leading your class through a blindfold obstacle course. It was great to see the progression of skills in this respect, with the years 5 and 6 offering great examples to the younger pupils.
With England winning on penalties against Colombia it was a most successful few days. We shall keep you posted of plans for next summer. Watch this space.