We’ve had an amazing day- all the children have body boarded, or surfed and many did both! We had a short drive to Caswell Bay after the most arduous task; putting on the wet suits! Although taking them off was even trickier. The children listened carefully to our instructors before getting stuck in. The instructors have been fabulous throughout the week. There was also some beach art and dam building! Once again, they’ve all persevered and worked together to support one another. We are so proud of them all, and we enjoyed seeing how happy and enthusiastic they were.
The evening activity was visiting the shop! They were the most pleasant customers anyone could wish for and thank you to so many of you who helpfully sent the smaller change. It was a huge relief that the books balanced! Their souvenirs and any change should be packed in their bags. Packing was the other major event – we have tried to match items to owners and track down any missing items. If you find your child has accidentally brought home someone else’s belongings, please return them to school after half term (unless you know who they are). The Kilvrough team also asked us to carry out a review of the week with the children and it was lovely to hear them describe their week so positively. They have continued to work upon their diaries and are looking forward to sharing their adventures with you in their Kilvrough assembly that is coming up very soon.
On Friday we are planning to have a beach walk and spend time around the rock pools, although the weather forecast is poor.
Returning home: We will contact Emma or Rose-Marie who will be able to let you know that we have set off at the expected time and our approximate time of arrival. As it can be difficult to plan precisely, please be patient if we are late. If we arrive earlier than anticipated, we will wait at school so please don’t be anxious. We will keep you informed of an exceptionally late arrival, but it won’t be possible to manage it precisely as road conditions can change so quickly. However, it may be that we contact a couple of parents who may already be at school to give those of you there a “heads up” of our arrival.
Some children have said they would like to stay a little longer, but rest assured we will be returning all of them to you! Thank you for the privilege of allowing us to spend such a great week with your children; we have seen them all make such wonderful progress and they really are more organised and independent that they were on Monday – but I can’t promise that this will continue outside of Kilvrough!
I would also like to thank our team of Long Furlong staff who made it all possible; although those two small words don’t really sum up all that they have done to support the children. Mrs Foster, Mrs Taylor, Mrs Pell and Miss Markey have enabled the children to thrive this week – although they are now looking forward to returning to their own homes and families! Mrs Comer has managed all the administration so well – we wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for all her work before the event – and she and Mrs Smith have spent a lot of time keeping you updated and sharing the photos.
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