I hope everyone is enjoying these pictures of Class 4’s exciting Venture Weekend At PGL Barton Hall in Torquay.
Once again apologies for them not appearing whilst away, due to capacity problems on the blog.
As you can see all children had a BLAST and learned to co-operate with others, work as a group and displayed great team building skills. Many overcame their fears and pushed themselves to the limit of their capabilities.
The children learnt the importance of following instructions and the consequences of not! How to prepare themselves for each activity; ensuring time limits were adhered to and correct clothing worn, were additional skills they successfully acquired.
By the final morning the children had also learnt how imperative a good night’s sleep was, as opposed to staying up late chatting. They learnt that a lot of energy was required for the next day’s activities.
One of my favourite memories was being woken up at 5:30am on the first morning (Saturday) by over excited children who seemed to have forgotten the ‘Stay in your rooms until 7 rule’, however by Monday the tables had turned and we literally had to knock each door for over 30 seconds before there was any sign of life, to be greeted by a grunt and “Do we have to get up now, just ten more minutes in bed please!!”
Overall mistakes were made and some rules broken, but the beauty of a weekend experience like this is being given the opportunity to put them right immediately, solve any problems that might arise, experience a feeling of independence and develop friendships with a wide range of your peers; all in a challenging but safe environment.
WELL DONE EVERYONE for a thoroughly enjoyable and productive weekend in the piercing and all consuming heat.
Let’s hope Year 6 apply all the skills they acquired to future trips / experience they will receive in Cowbridge and Year 5 will impart their skills learnt and knowledge to the upcoming Year 4’s.
Finally a huge THANK YOU (Tak) to all the children who have made the effort to write about their insightful reflections about the trip, this helps future years see what a valuable experience it can be.
This short report was written for you by Mr. G