Friday 31st March 2017
We’ve said our goodbyes to the fabulous team at Plas Pencelli and are now on the coach heading home. Parents will need to have the bath or shower and washing machines ready, and children will need to open their bags very carefully as there’s probably lots of Welsh mud and river water in there!
The children have all been fantastic, with lots of compliments from the team, who’ve invited us back as we’ve been so good!
Thursday 30th March 2017
The penultimate day has arrived with everyone commenting on how quickly the week has flown by. Today one group went caving, but had to use different caves to the others as the water levels are too high. They saw bats hanging in the cave and rose to the challenge of being underground!
The other two groups went climbing near Merthyr Tydfil. After some scrambling and practising they were soon in harnesses and helmets, and climbing the sheer rock face! Teamwork was very evident once again as they had to ‘belay’ for one another as well as provide lots of encouragement. Once again, there were huge achievements for all the children.
After dinner, they had an evening of problem solving team-work challenges, including crossing a swamp and the gutter challenge. The finale was the Great Egg Challenge – eggciting and eggcellent! Just as exciting was the visit to the Tuck Shop which was followed by packing and preparations for tomorrow. Our final activity is Gorge walking, which everyone is looking forward to.
We’re hoping for a smooth departure and journey, and being back home around 5.45pm -6pm – please be patient and understanding if we are delayed by traffic.
Wednesday 29th March 2017
Wednesday was another superb day! The children are enjoying themselves, finding it difficult to say what has been their highlight so far. Lots more compliments and praise has been received from the Plas Pencelli team. Our instructors and all the other staff are fabulous, with nothing being too much trouble. The children have benefited from their patient teaching of new skills – including how to put on a buoyancy aid, how to load canoes onto a trailer and being kitted out for climbing as well as the skills linked to the activities themselves.
Teamwork and leadership has been important once again – with all the canoeists being able to paddle 4 km down the Brecon and Monmouthshire canal in, more or less, a straight line! They expertly managed the Limbo Bridge and enjoyed jumping in at the end! The drying room is being put to good use. The climbers also had a successful day, despite the rain.
Dinner was goujons with chips – and all the children are eating well! We have a cooked breakfast each morning as well as cereals and toast and the children are very efficient at making their own packed lunches.
In the evening, their ingenuity was tested with a scavenger hunt – always great fun when in the dark,using the torches! Then, as always (we’ve quickly settled into our new routines) it’s hot chocolate with a bedtime story from Mr Burchill and off to bed, settling down quickly and quietly.
We have been trying to take as many photos as we can, but it’s difficult to cave, paddle and climb with the children as we do, and use a camera in the rain, but we’re giving it our best shot! It’s equally difficult to upload with our variable wireless while still being with the children . If you haven’t yet seen a photo of your child, please don’t be anxious – all Year 6 ARE here – we’ll try and get more photos over the next couple of days.
Tuesday 28th March 2017
Monday 27th March 2017