WOODLANDS 2018

Tuesday 8th May

Hello everyone!

We have arrived safely and were treated to a yummy pizza lunch. Then back to the hard work of making our beds, which took a lot of helping hands. A fun filled afternoon followed by us all taking part in  team building activities. The weather has been beautiful.

Dinner was fish and chips followed by jelly.  Then out into the extensive grounds to play hide and seek. We are all now ready for our beds and looking forward to tomorrow. Goodnight everyone from Woodlands.

 

Wednesday 9th May

A good nights sleep had by all. A wonderful breakfast of cereal, bacon rolls and cups of tea. Off canoeing today, looking forward to great trip on the canal. The weather has been lovely so we have been applying lots of suncream. 

We worked hard in teams during our canoeing session. We learnt how to paddle a canoe and how to steer it from the back! We enjoyed seeing some ducks and a heron in the river, and some children (and adults!) enjoyed racing each other in their canoe. Some of us even enjoyed turning the canoes into slides and sliding head first into the river!

After canoeing we all got showered before our lovely roast dinner! This evening we joined St Aloysuis and our instructor for photo orienteering, it was so much fun! Goodnight everyone from Woodlands!

 

Thursday 10th May

We all woke up early after a good nights sleep, ready for a busy day ahead! We were so excited for caving so after breakfast (which had cereals, toast, hash browns and spaghetti hoops) we quickly got ready and found our instructors. They told us what we needed and how to stay safe in the cave. It took 50 minutes to get to the cave in the minibus - there were lots of games of Eye Spy and singing ‘The Wheels on the Bus’! We had lunch before going into the cave - some of us started to feel a bit nervous! 

In the cave we started by crawling through a hole which was about a metre high! The challenges got trickier as the spaces got smaller! We learnt how to overcome our fears, give things a go and persevere, and we were very proud of ourselves and our peers when we supported each other through the ‘letterbox’, which was a very small space! Some of us enjoyed doing the ‘toilet’ challenge, which involved army crawling through water and a small space into a big puddle!

We got back to site and we are getting ready for our evening meal before another activity and our bed time.

Friday 11th May

We woke up this morning and packed all of our belongings ready for leaving this afternoon. We enjoyed a breakfast of cereals and pancakes with syrup, they were delicious! Our activities today included high ropes, low ropes, the zip wire and a climbing wall! We were a bit nervous on the high ropes, so we supported each other across each section - we were very brave and everyone managed to get through the course! Everyone was very proud of themselves and each other. 

The zip wire was very fun and we laughed as we raced each person as they zoomed across the field on the wire. Lots of children managed to get to the top of the climbing wall - watch this space for photos! We left at 3:15 to go home.

Overall we have had a brilliant and successful trip, thank you Woodlands!