On Monday 23 May, Year 6 excitedly boarded the coach to set off on their residential trip to Caythorpe Court in Lincolnshire.
Caythorpe Court boasts over 65 acres of space that is packed full of land and water based adventure activities.
Mr O’Connor has written a blog to record the adventures:
The Year 6s arrived at Caythorpe Court at 5.00pm in glorious sunshine...the decision not to return to Wales seemed justified!
Everyone settled quickly into their dorms (some tidier than others) followed by a quick tour of the site and then off to dinner. Mr Sumpter was delighted to see fish fingers, chips and beans on the menu. Mr O'Connor sensibly went for the healthier option of pork and rice.
There was no time relax after dinner as the evening activity of Ambush started at 7.30pm.
Hopefully after a long journey and an eventful first evening the children will be looking forward to bedtime at 9.30pm!
The children awoke to another day of sunshine after a decent night's sleep!
After a hearty breakfast, they were ready for a fun packed day of activities. Early morning problem solving tested the children to work in teams showing collaboration, imagination and resilience to solve a variety of challenges.
The afternoon was equally challenging with Aeroball and the Zip Wire providing a test of nerves and the day was rounded off with a very competitive game of capture the flag.
We are keeping our fingers crossed for more sunshine tomorrow; Mr Sumpter doesn't want to end up in the lake if his raft building skills aren't up to the job!
The weather certainly turned for the worse on day three of the trip! Heavy rain and biting cold winds did their best to dampen the pupils' spirits but most faced up to the challenge as they took part in a full day of activities. The lake did not look appealing to some, but nearly all of the children successfully built their rafts, displaying teamwork and collaboration. Happily none of the rafts sank, although that didn't stop everyone getting soaked! Once everyone had dried off and the lifejackets were safely stowed away, it was off to the climbing walls for an afternoon of fun.
Our last full day proved to be the most exhilarating so far. The trapeze, Jacob's Ladder and abseiling tested the bravery of even the most hardened of climbers. It was great to see so many of the children conquering their fears...not to mention the teachers! Only archery and low ropes remained for Friday before it will be back to school just in time for a well earned break.
- Mr M O'Connor