Wednesday/Thursday News from the Gower
We don’t normally manage to send any news on a Thursday, as the evening is just too busy, with packing and shopping. However, as I have now returned to school, here’s a Thursday update.
After Tuesday’s sunshine, Wednesday’s start was rather wet, but we didn’t let it dampen our spirits. Group A (Mr Dando) and Group B (Mrs Atkinson/Mrs Reeve) went canoeing and the children all worked really well together. In fact, the canoeing groups were in a different area of the Gower, nearer to Swansea, and the weather was not nearly as wet as it was down on the coast. Canoeing is a great challenge when it comes to communication: if the communication with your canoeing partner works well, you’re able to progress in a straight line and navigate in style. Nobody fell in and the children’s developing canoeing skills were really impressive. They showed real perseverance and tenacity, working out how to manoeuvre their canoes. Amazing team work from both groups, especially when it came to getting the canoes back onto the trailer at the end of the day.
Miss Partridge and Mr Taylor’s groups both got rather wet in the morning when they were climbing and abseiling down on the coast. Luckily, the rain stopped and the sun came out, which made the afternoon much more enjoyable. The children did really well, belaying each other and they all challenged themselves with both climbing up and abseiling down.
Our evening meal last night was pasta Bolognese with garlic bread and salad, which everyone seemed to enjoy. As with every meal, the children’s dietary needs were catered for and they all had plenty to eat. Pudding was homemade apple strudel with custard and/or fresh fruit.
Breakfast this morning was cereals, followed by sausages in bread rolls, and/or toast.
Everyone was in good spirits as they set off for today’s activities: Mrs Reeve is taking Group B and will be climbing/abseiling, along with Mr Dando’s group. Mr Taylor’s and Miss Partridge’s groups will be canoeing.
Tomorrow, all the groups will be doing coastal exploration, with the activities such as rock pooling, scrambling and beach art being determined by the weather and the tide.
In no time at all, they will all be on their way home. The estimated time of arrival is around 6.30pm. You will receive a message if they are going to be significantly (15-20 minutes or more) earlier or later than this time.
No doubt you will be looking forward to the children’s arrival home tomorrow. We have thoroughly enjoyed their company and it has been wonderful to see their blossoming independence and skill development.
With best wishes from all of us in the Kilvrough Crew 2019.
After a very successful journey, we finally arrived at Kilvrough Manor at the predicted time of midday, to be greeted by Sam, our course leader. We were all very eager to find our rooms and settle in. Putting on duvet covers was a challenge, but, with a little help we all managed it. We had a delicious lunch of homemade soup and rolls and then spent the rest of the afternoon taking part in team building and problem solving activities. After a delicious dinner of chicken curry, we set off on an evening walk up to Penarth Castle. What a view. We are all ready for bed now climbing, abseiling or canoeing tomorrow.
Lots of fun stalls, including Beat the Goalie, the popular Test Your Strength Machine, Coconut Shy, Bouncy Castles, and Climbing Wall. There will also be entertainment throughout the day, including performances from the School Band and others.