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Belchamps September 2016

Our time at Belchamps!

 

Monday no

What a fantastic start to our time at Belchamps!

 

As soon as we got here, we checked in with Jack, our leader, and before we knew it, had started our first activity.

 

Oscar stood on top of the high all aboard for about 10 mins waiting for his friends to join him - eventually Faith got to the top as well and they both jumped off together! (It's 30ft high!). Isabella, Ruby and Millie also showed great determination to get to the top. 

 

Next was a lunch of hot dogs and then we continued on with our next activities. 

 

Archie caught all the water boatman  in the pond when he went pond dipping. We all saw fish, but didn't catch any!

 

Taylan won all the wall traversing competitions within his group.


 

Lois and Joe conquered the abseiling wall. 


 

Finley B showed great determination to get near the top of the rock climbing wall. 

 

After a delicious dinner of bolognaise, we played a wide game. All the leaders hid in their camouflage suits and hid in the woods and our challenge was to find them. It was really hard as it was very dark but brilliant fun!

 

Damian -" I love it at Belchamps, can I stay a month?"

 

April - "this is the best school trip ever!"

 

Chloe - "this is the most fun I've ever had!"

 

Marci - "high all aboard is really fun - being lowered down is the best!"

 

Amara - "I climbed with Mr Byford and knocked him off!"

 

Jacob - "be careful fire lighting as the smoke can get in your eyes and sting"

 

Tilly - "the archery was cool and fun"

 

Briony - "my favourite activity so far has been abseiling because it's like cheating gravity!"

 

Hallie - "my favourite so has been climbing"

 

Macey G - "archery was brilliant because we learnt to shoot an arrow"

 

We've all done 3 activities so far and are already quite tired - 4 more tomorrow!

 

Tuesday no
 

Our first night went well and we all got some sleep - some more than others!

 

A hearty breakfast of pancakes, syrup and some fruit(well done yr 5!) has set us up for another brilliant day!

 

April - "I'm scared but can't wait to do it!" (Getting ready for High All Aboard)

 

We've had another fantastic day of achievements and fantastic teamwork.

 

Today, some of us have learnt how to build fires, bridges and shelters. It was quite complicated as all these things were all surprising technical, but we all soon quickly realised how important it is to work as a team to solve problems. 

 

We have also learnt some useful knots and survival skills that we can use to solve other problems.

 

Archery was also very surprising! There's a lot to think about before releasing an arrow (and collecting one!) but we were all carefully coached by the instructors so we could enjoy success and improve our accuracy and technique. 

 

Chris (Archery Coach) - "the improvement in your shooting is incredible - I'm speechless! You have really listened to your feedback!"

 

Lunch was delicious as we had chicken burgers (or a veggie option - the catering staff have been fantastic) and we sung happy birthday to Grace. She blew out her candles and shared her cake. Happy Birthday Grace!!

 

Jude - "building shelters was fun because they threw water at us to test if our shelters were waterproof!"

 

Elia - "I got all the way around the traversing wall without falling off!"

 

Josh - "I really enjoyed fire building as I had never done it before and it was really exciting"

 

Georgia -"I loved high all aboard!"

 

Jamie (Catering manager) - "your manners have been impeccable - you are a credit to your school" 

 

Macey J - "I've learnt I need little sticks to start a fire and bigger Ines to keep it going"

 

Zak - "to make fire you need lots of fuel and oxygen"

 

Josh G - "you need to build a shelter out of logs and a tarpaulin - they test it with a bucket of water!"

 

Lexie M - "bridge building was fun. We learnt figure of 8 knots and Mickey Mouse knots and tied the logs all together. Then we crossed over the bridge!"

 

Finley S - "we learnt how to shoot with real bows and arrows and how to use a brace"

 

Our day ended with a very rousing sing song around a huge crackling camp fire. We found out that we all Bungalow in some very unusual ways! (Great moves Jude!) We had marshmallows and hot chocolate around the fire before finally getting to bed, tired but happy!

 

What a brilliant day!

 

Wednesday no

 

Our last day at Belchamps has started with lots of tired faces. In contrast to yesterday, lots of children needed to be woken up by the teachers! 

 

After breakfast we're looking forward to our two final activities today, a quick look in the shop and then going home.

 

See you soon!

 

 

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