What an AWESOME last full day at Woodlands. The day dawned bright and clear and the sun has shone. We also have two birthday's in the house and both children have enjoyed turning 11 surrounded by friends and doing outdoor activities.
Everyone had a super time on their different activities. The exciting chatter this evening has been about sliding headfirst down a canoe into the water, scaling a huge climbing wall, zip wiring through the trees and going deeper underground in the caves. So much fun!!
This evening has been B-U-S-Y!! Dinner was scrummy, and for pudding we travelled back to the 1980s with a slice of Viennetta and wafer straws. We then celebrated with the birthday guys, and after singing enjoyed a slice of cake.
A hive of activity then ensued with packing, visiting the shop and evaluating our week. We are off on the hiking up the mountains tomorrow and then we will saying our goodbyes to Woodlands Manor and the brilliant crew here.
Your children have been phenomenal this week! They have truly shone, and we are incredibly proud of them all. I know they are bursting to tell you all their news from this week and all the amazing challenges and activities they have been conquering.
We will be leaving the centre at about 3:00pm and hope to be arriving back in The Shire about 6:30pm. Sending you all good wishes and hoping you all have a good half term break.
This is Team UJ, reporting from The Woodlands Centre, signing off!
We have come to the end of yet another great day at Woodlands! Glorious sunshine finally peeked through this afternoon adding to the already bright and cheerful vibe we have here.
The children have totally got into the groove of living and learning at the centre - they are more independent, better at time keeping, they are supportive and encouraging to others, and are giving everything a go. So many children have conquered their fears and it has been wonderful to see all of them grow in confidence, recognising their progress and achievements, and developing a sense of pride. They totally should be proud of themselves, they are truly shining!
Year 6 finally did get underground today, and Group 4 (with Mrs Dowe) had a fantastic day caving. They loved squeezing through the different cracks and grooves in the rocks and were great at taking the lead and encouraging others. Group 1 (with Miss Timms) had a fab day on the Monmouthshire and Brecon canal. In addition to developing their paddling and steering skills (something about pizzas...ask them!), they also had fun doing 'Heads and Shoulders' in the canoes and using them as slides. Group 2 (with Miss Maskell) and Group 3 ( Mrs Reaney) were on site and had brilliant fun climbing up HUGE walls, zipping off trees and climbing around in their canopies. The high ropes were a definite highlight, and in addition to navigating the different challenges, the children were guiding and instructing each other in how to do so.
Curry and rice went down spectacularly by all this evening and was followed nicely by jam sponge pudding and custard. This evening was another active one of orienteering around the grounds, but this time using different controls and maps.
The buzz of chatter about another fab day has started to fizzle away for the night and the house is (almost) quiet for the evening. The sun is going to shine for our penultimate day tomorrow and we are looking forward to what the day has in store. We cannot believe just how quickly this week is going!
Over and out for now!
Tuesday 19.10.21, 7:00pm, The Woodlands Centre
Oh my goodness, what an utterly AWESOME 24(ish) hours! It has been full and fun packed, and our feet haven't touched the ground with all the exciting things we have been doing.
We have just enjoyed a hearty meal of cheesy cottage pie and veg, followed off with a massive slab of chocolate brownie topped with chocolate sauce! Yumbola! In a second, we will be off doing a spot of evening orienteering. Yesterday evening, we had a fabulous night hike up a local hill. There were gaps in the clouds where the moon, stars and planets peeped through and it was great sitting at the top, looking up at the night sky and listening to hooting owls ... and a couple of bleeting sheep(!)
Your children are FANTASTIC and doing utterly brilliantly! Considering for some it is their first time away from home, they have settled in super well, demonstrating good independence and showing support for others. We are very proud of them all.
Today, Groups 1 and 2 went off to the caves. However, the water levels were too high and fast moving and so we explored the local rock formations, the river features and visited an awesome waterfall. Group 3 have had a fabulous day canoeing and travelled across an aqueduct. Their day rounded off with a literal splash, with the children sliding down the canoe into the water. Group 4 had a day on site with conquering fears with climbing high up the wall and walking across the high ropes.
The weather is a little soggy, however there have been some breaks of sunshine... thank goodness!
Sending you all Team UJ good wishes. We are all looking forward to whatever Wednesday brings.