THURSDAY 19th MARCH
THE DAY OF THE EXPEDITION!!!
Most children needed waking up this morning which gave the teachers much pleasure (and a chance to get their own back!!!) The children then skipped merrily over to the main house to tuck into their breakfast of sausages and beans on toast, or a variety of cereals.
Then it was time to get ready for the all day hike. We set off in two groups about half an hour apart. We walked down to the coastal path, then headed East towards Shanklin. The children were interested in the Landslip and the ever changing landscape. We managed to walk up through Devils Chimney and then were met by the challenge that is Nansen's Hill. Mr Draper kept up his impressive record and met the challenge of running the complete hill. This year he was joined by Szymon who will now see his name on the East Dene hall of fame board.
The weather was fresh but it stayed dry. However, the views were slightly hazy but impressive and beautiful none-the-less. The children stopped for an ice cream at Shanklin Sea Front before making their weary way back to East Dene. We were out walking from 9:45 until 5pm and the children have done themselves proud and really achieved. I and the rest of the staff are immensely proud too.
The Camp fire was great fun and rounded off the week in style.
Everyone is really looking forward to seeing their families. See you all tomorrow!
Wednesday 18th March
Another glorious day with bright sunshine and clear blue skies. The children had a much more settled night and were up and about quite early :( ! A hearty breakfast was followed by the morning activities. This time the groups carried out the reverse of yesterday with the added skill of Bushcraft. The children had great fun learning how to make fires and some groups learnt how to make some bread, which was then cooked in the fire! After lunch 3 groups went Rock pooling and the other 3 did team building. The children are definitely getting better at team work (well most of them?!)
Curry was on the menu tonight which seemed to be a hit with most.
Tonight's activity was a quiz which proved very noisy.
Unfortunately the Internet here at East Dene is not working so I can't post any pictures - just this blog via my mobile!! If I get time will try to post some in the morning.
Tuesday 17th March, 2015
Thank goodness that the weather forecast was correct for today! It's been fantastic and the sun has really lifted the spirits of even the most homesick children!!
The children were up and ready for their 7:45 breakfast, even if many looked very tired and pale (and that was just the staff!!) Breakfast didn't disappoint and the children had their fill ready for a busy day ahead. Groups A, B & C had Bluebeards Quest to contend with, whilst groups D, E & F had a walk around Bonchurch. Other activities consisted of Map skills, Rock pooling (an absolute favourite) and team building activities.
The children have been up for the challenges, and nearly everyone has given 100% effort.
I will now post some photos of the day - unfortunately I have not got all memory sticks to hand, so if your child isn't in a photo I apologise but will try and post different people over the rest of the week!
EAST DENE 2015
All children have made a positive (albeit a noisy) start to their East Dene Adventure. The inclement weather lasted longer than forecast, but the children didn't let it get them down. The coach journey was good and we managed to walk to the site. After lunch we took a walk down to the sea and along towards Steephill Cove. Then we split into groups and had a tour of the site. The children then had the excitement of getting into their rooms!! We then went for dinner - 84 children all in a line took some time! After some more time in rooms we then did the evening activity - Stratego. Finally back in the Coach House, hot chocolate then bed. Now at 10.30 some children still awake but most are settled.
The weather certainly looks better for tomorrow so I will post some pictures then. Hope all parents sleep well in your quiet homes!!