Tuesday dawned earlier than the adults might have hoped, with some of the boys up rather earlier than the lark! We couldn't fail to be impressed with their enthusiasm and excitement about the day ahead, but are hoping for a slightly later start to Wednesday! With a clear blue sky and without Monday's biting wind, we all set off for our first full day of activities. Mrs Reaney's and Mrs Atkinson's groups went caving at Porth Yr Ogof, while Mrs Reeve's group had a centre-based day on the high ropes course, the climbing wall and the zip wire. On the climbing wall, the children were challenging themselves to go higher each time, until they reached the top, showing great perseverance. They loved the high ropes course, where they had to support and encourage each other on every section, taking responsibility for making sure that everyone was safe and knew what they had to do to complete the challenge. It was busy at Porth Yr Ogof, with groups from several outdoor education centres, including Kilvrough, making it quite busy underground. Both groups achieved more than they thought possible, with all the children completing every challenge. All the children developed their leadership skills, leading their team on different sections. It was great to see them working as a team, supporting each other. Back to the centre, tired but satisfied after a day's activities, it was time for a hot shower and dinner of sausages, beans and mash followed by chocolate pudding. Most of the children are not fussy eaters and are enjoying their meals. This evening, re-energised by their evening meal, the children dashed around the grounds in pairs doing a challenging photo orienteering activity. After such a busy day, they all settled down quickly for what we hope will be a good night's sleep. We are enjoying your children's company; they're no doubt missing you, but they're all fine. We're looking forward to another busy day tomorrow, when Mrs Reeve's group will be going caving, and Mrs Reaney's and Mrs Atkinson's group will be canoeing. Best wishes from all of us at Woodlands.