Thursday 7th June 2018
Day 4- get on the dancefloor!
Some of us, after three days of adventures, found getting up this morning a bit of a struggle!! However, once we had eaten some breakfast, we were more than ready for another round of fun. Our first stop was Carisbrooke Castle- where King Charles was kept prisoner during the English Civil War. We were very excited to see the different sections of the castle that we had learnt about in our history lessons and find out all about the different purposes the castle had throughout the years. We especially enjoyed walking around the different battlements and spotting all of the places where missiles could be launched.
We then piled back on the coach to head to Blackgang Chine theme park. All of us were so excited, the cheer that erupted when we pulled up in the car park could probably be heard back at the hotel! We were able to go on the water rides straightaway; even the teachers couldn't resist having a go (Miss Scott and Miss Luckett were a little overexcited!) We then lined our stomachs (but made sure our lunch had plenty of time to go down properly) before heading on more rides. Our favourite parts were the Dinosaur experience and the Cliffhanger rollercoaster- some of us had up to three turns!
This adrenaline fuelled day was perfect, as we needed plenty of energy for the disco evening. Special mention has to go Joseph and Jude for their incredible dance moves. Some of the pupil even kindly gave the teachers flossing lessons! In return, the teachers taught the pupils to move to Oops Upside Your Head.
Parents should note that awards for the messiest and tidiest rooms were also given out on the night- the results might surprise you!
Quotes of the day;
'They had a lot of pizza ovens in those days!'- Charlie Q at Carisbrooke Castle (we think it is unconfirmed whether King Charles the first was a top pizza chef or not.)
Wednesday 6th June 2018
Day 3- bright and sunny!
Today, our first stop was Brook Chine beach for a fossil hunt. We had a quick presentation first, so that we could recognise real fossils as opposed to ordinary stones. In addition to this, Abigail got to experience what it was like to be eaten whole by a great white shark, Josh A held a real piece of dinosaur spine and Georgia drew the short straw, as she was tricked into holding fossilised dinosaur poo!! We then headed to the beach to search for fossils- we managed to find a few pieces of dinosaur bones and lots of fool's gold.
After that, we piled back onto the coach and set off for Alum Bay. First (and arguably, most importantly) on the agenda was our lunch, but we then had the opportunity for a spot of shopping. Millie wrote about the experience; 'I was bursting with excitement. The anticipation of waiting for the teachers to stop explaining the safety rules so we could start the wonderful shopping was killing me. Unsurprisingly, I spent nearly all my money in one shop. This was definitely my favourite part of the day (no wonder, as I frequently spend all of my weekends in Lakeside!)'
Once we'd bought ample gifts for our friends and families, we were able to watch a glass blowing demonstration, where we found out all about how the glass manufacturers at Alum Bay create their wonderful creations. Next, we trekked down to the beach. From there, we saw amazing views of the coloured sand and could spot the needles in the distance. Luckily, our boat ride took us even closer; we could also see the lighthouse and the caves within the cliffs. The most exciting part was when we spotted a dolphin! The guide on the boat said that we were incredibly lucky to see it, as it was very rare for them to be spotted in the area.
Buzzing with the excitement of our rare sighting, we travelled back to the hotel for dinner, before enjoying a hilarious and entertaining performance at the hotel. We learnt even more about the history of the Isle of Wight- with some magic and interpretive dance thrown in!
Quotes of the day;
'Are we going to be kayaking any time soon?' Josh S (we suspect that he possibly didn't read the itinerary very carefully!)
'Well, that's one off my bucket list!!' April, after seeing the dolphin.
Tuesday 5th June
Day 2- more news for you!
Osbourne House was first on the agenda today- we were very excited to see Queen Victoria's summer house, especially as we had learnt all about it before half term. There were lots of interesting artefacts and we learnt all about Queen Victoria's time on the Isle of Wight. We were amazed by the views and the fountains- Macey was particularly concerned about the maintenance required in the massive garden!
After a spot of lunch, we headed off to Amazon World. Although we found the peacocks at Robin Hill exciting yesterday, this was even better! We saw many exotic animals, but our favourites were the red pandas, the sloths and the meerkats. We even managed to find time to have an ice cream before heading back to the hotel for an early dinner, prior to our theatre show. Special mention has to go to Zach F and Jamie for showcasing dance moves that rivalled the professionals on the stage! After a quick trip to the park, we were more than ready for bed and for the next fun-filled day.
Quote of the day;
'When are we having lunch?' Finlay S (at 10.15am!!)
Monday 4th June 2018
Day 1 of fun!
After a super speedy journey, we arrived at Robin Hill Country Park just in time for lunch (well, for those of us who hadn't already eaten it on the coach!) We then explored the park further and enjoyed highlights such as the toboggan ride (or as Finley B called it, 'the bloggin ride'), a 4D cinema, Splash Attack and the Colossus! The real excitement began though when we spotted so many peacocks, although sadly, none of them displayed their feathers.
After a jam-packed afternoon, we headed to the hotel to settle in and enjoy a delicious dinner. We even managed to squeeze in a visit to the park before bedtime.
Quotes of the day;
'I LOVE the Isle of Wight, I want to live here!!' Taylor, shortly after a particularly exciting ride.
'It's like ninja warrior... only Isle of Wight style!' Elia, describing one of the tamer experiences at the country park!