Today we woke up early – or rather the girls did! We were officially woken up at 7:30am by the bell. We had to get dressed very quickly before getting ready for breakfast. Then we had chores to do - emptying the wastepaper baskets in the recycling bins, tidying the kit room and organising our rooms.
By 9am we got given the kit we needed for canoeing – helmets, paddles, waterproofs and a lifejacket. The canoes were towed behind the mini bus and, when we arrived at the canal, we all worked together as a team to unload the canoes. After the instructions, we got to have a go. This is when it got interesting!!!
Rosie, Oliver and Sheray made a great canoeing trio, powering ahead in the lead, before being asked to slow down and help the stragglers. Rosie got competitive and wanted to finish first, asking, “Can we help them tomorrow?”
We did find it hard to work as one unit and a few of us just ended up going round in circles... or ended up in the bushes on the side of the canal. Finally, we got the hang of it after lots of shrieking and laughter… and that was just the teachers.
We also learnt about Bushcraft. We leant how to survive in the wild by making shelters out of things we found in the woods, how to make and light a fire using Swedish fire steels. Hannah, Isabella, Havin, Magdalena and Rosie were a little bit shocked to discover that there are no toilets in the woods and that they had to improvise!!! We celebrated our achievement by toasting marshmallows and making popcorn.
Back at the house we has showers and got warmed up with a lovely meal of lamb or vegetable Bolognese, garlic bread and salad, followed by homemade chocolate cake and cream.
Before bed we had fun completing a murder mystery activity. Who could guess we could fit so much into one day?