Y6 residential to Osmington Bay

Osmington Bay 2017

Day 4 ~ What a difference a day makes!!

What a difference 24 hours makes! Glorious sunshine today, although the ground was still very slippy (ask Mrs Butler about that…) Sensory Trail was one of the activities today and the groups did a variety of other fun things. For those who hadn’t already done it there was trapeze, abseiling and team games. Packing begins after tea, its going to be a little bit of a rush. We have tea at 5.25pm our shop slot is at 6pm and the disco starts at 7pm, so amongst that lot we need to somehow pack. The routine tomorrow will be a challenge. Our breakfast slot is at 7.50am, however before breakfast we have to, strip the beds putting it all in a pillow case, move all the cases to specified rooms then walk to the laundry, deposit out washing and be lined up at 7.45am for our slot…phew I’m  worn out just thinking about it. Wake up time will be 6.30am for the kids tomorrow, wish us luck with that. We will do 2 activities in the morning, have lunch then leave for home. School will send a text letting you know our ETA, and we will deliver your tired, muddy but extremely proud and confident children back home. The children have once again been a credit to you and Harestock. Thank you to the staff who make this experience possible, for the children, without them trips like these simply couldn’t happen. We as staff really enjoy watching the children flourish, gaining new skills and confidence to attempt things they thought were beyond their capabilities. Each year on packing day we say ‘never again’ by the time we’re on the bus home, we’re already planning next years trip. Safe to say, everyone adults included have had a blast…see you tomorrow.


Day 3 ~ Glastonbury!!!

I’m going to start this instalment with an apology. Your children will be bringing home some extremely muddy clothes, we’ll see how good the claims of a certain washing powder actually are. So for that we apologise. We had a little bit of rain overnight (torrential deluge!) Which left the site slightly muddy to say the least. The 1st unofficial activity of mud sliding produced some unique styles of moving around the site. Our official activities were zip wire, giant swing and trapeze  (like leap of faith) these activities are difficult and scary with blue skies and sunshine but in wind and rain it makes things a whole lot more daunting. Once again our children were incredible in the way they took on the challenges and overcame fears. For some children this was leaping off a telegraph pole, for others it was climbing to the top of a ladder and for some it’s being away from home. We are proud of each and every one of them and you should be too. So off on our evening adventure now real life Cludo…another update tomorrow hopefully from a drier Osmington Bay.

Day 2 ~ the real adventure begins…

So the first full day of adventuring, fuelled by cereal, bacon, scrambled egg and toast the intrepid Harestockians ventured out into sunshine…a variety of challenges awaited them. Quad biking, Archery and Giant Swing to name a few. It got a little bit chilly towards lunchtime  (jacket potato with a choice of toppings) and a fair few gloves and hats were worn. First Aid and Climbing were conquered. All the children are meeting new challenges head on with resilience and a ‘can do’ attitude which is fantastic to see. This evening is ‘Ambush’ and then room inspection, lets see if they meet our exacting standards for cleanliness and odour control….and the a full nights sleep  (!!!!!) Ready for another full on day tomorrow.

Day 1 ~ the journey

After a very successful journey down (no sick bowls deployed) we arrived at a gloriously sunny Osmington Bay. The children were given their rooms and activity groups and took a tour of the site. We are off to dinner at 17.35 for a choice of curry or toad in the hole with a mix of veg and potatoes. Then it’ll be back to our room to finish unpacking then at 7pm we will go to our evening activity which this evening is ‘Passport around the World’ lets see what that entails. Then it’ll be showers and bed…lights out and a full nights sleep!!!!!! Ready for our 1st full days adventure tomorrow, we are all full of energy and raring to go….we’ll see how those levels are doing throughout the week!!!

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Day 4 ~ sunshine and achievements

Thankfully there was a change for the better in the weather with no sideways rain and a little bit of sunshine. Activities today ranged from orienteering, street surfing and lots of other great things. The children are gaining in confidence and independence daily as they accomplish things they thought they couldn’t do. To quote one child at dinner today ‘I feel stronger in myself’ which is what this week is all about, each and every one of them should be proud of themselves and we as staff are certainly proud of them.

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So it’s the last night tonight…the disco! It’s been much talked about and the children are certainly ‘excited’ about the evening ahead. We are gearing ourselves up for the disco too,  perhaps with a little less excitement than the children…it’s back to the rooms now to finish packing and get glammed up for the evening ahead…disco music and 200 excited 10 years olds  – we can’t wait!

We have activities tomorrow morning and are hoping to leave to be back at school at roughly 4pm. The office will send a text letting you know our rough arrival time. Be prepared for mucky clothes and tired children…see you all tomorrow.

Day 3 ~ some inclement weather…

Well….I’d like to say the day started with glorious sunshine…however gale force winds and sideways rain meant that some of our activities for the morning have changed around and hopefully the sun will shine this afternoon and we will be able to complete Jacobs Ladder and the Zip Wire. After breakfast (bacon, beans, mushrooms and tomatoes) we did team games and indoor climbing. It’s great to see the children encouraging each other to try and overcome fears.New folder1

After lunch Mrs Sankey arrived and watched us do the Zip Wire, Jacobs Ladder and Survival skills. It was great to see her and Mr Smith. They even stayed for the evening meal which was good fun. We’re just off out again for an evening of outdoor Cluedo…let’s hope none of us are the victim!!!

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Day 2 ~ the real adventure begins…

This morning after a good night’s sleep we started our first full day. After breakfast  (cereal, toast, beans, omelette, hash brown and sausages!) we went off in our different groups to have a go at archery and abseiling or quad bikes and trapeze. Everyone did really well at pushing themselves and overcoming some fears. We got rained on for about an hour but then it stopped and the rest of the morning was dry.

Lunch was baguettes with a selection of fillings and once again everybody ate well. In the afternoon it was aeroball and trapeze for some and problem solving for the others.

This evening will be wacky races….sounds intriguing! The children are all having a really great time and they are doing Harestock proud in their attitude towards new and scary activities.os bay 161

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Day 1 ~ the journey

After an uneventful journey down (no sick bags deployed – phew!), we arrived at a gloriously sunny Osmington Bay. The children were immediately whisked off by our group leader to play some games and have a tour of the site. Dinner time saw shepherds pie. chicken in a tomato sauce, a selection of veg and pasta. Even the fussiest of eaters found something they enjoyed!

We then had half an hour or so to unpack before the evening activity, which tonight is ‘Passport around the world’. This consisted of lots of running around  the site in the dark with torches, collecting information about different countries…hopefully wearing them out for a full eight hours of sleep!



Final day…

Hopefully all the Y6’s are just about back with their families as I write this last instalment on behalf of Mrs Bailey, who has tirelessly kept you all informed and entertained with her daily blog from Osmington Bay. I’m certain every child has grown in confidence and belief in themselves this week, thanks to an action packed, challenging itinerary set by PGL. Of course it wouldn’t have been possible without the dedication and commitment of the staff from school who have been there to care for and experience it all with your children. New folder (2)

Day 4….

Today has been another glorious day of sunshine and fun activities, Jacobs Ladder was a firm favourite and Problem Solving saw the children all working together to figure out some really tricky problems. The evening activity tonight is the disco which all the children are looking forward to and then packing for home!3

Tomorrow morning will be interesting as the first challenge will be to get 40 children up, packed, beds stripped and rooms emptied BEFORE breakfast…We have Quad Biking and Giant Swing before lunch.ossie bay

After lunch we’ll leave for home and deliver 40 tired but very happy children back safely to you. Big thanks to Mrs Davis at school for putting the pictures up that I’ve been emailing her at the most peculiar times, which have enabled you to see the type of things we’ve been getting up to.2

So all that’s left to say is, see you all tomorrow…..

Halfway through…

What a beautiful morning we woke up to today, the sun was shining and the sea was calm. After a big breakfast we all went off to do our activities, today was a selection of abseiling, street surfing and zip wire for those who didn’t do it yesterday. Some of these activities are really challenging  and the children have embraced this. Every child has overcome fears and reached personal goals they set themselves at the beginning of each session.2015-03-04

There has been 100% participation which has been wonderful to watch, confidence levels are high and new skills are being learned daily. Tonight’s activity is ‘The Cube’ which I suspect is based on the TV show, so we’re all looking forward to that. I do have to share with you how proud we all are with the children.1

Their behaviour during the activities, around the site and at bedtime has been exemplary and a pleasure to watch. Fingers crossed the weather will stay like this until the end of the week….

Day 2 at the Osmington Bay Site….

So the adventure continues…after an evening of racing round the site visiting Iceland, London and Spain to name a few places, the children returned to their rooms for the much anticipated first night! Showers were had and room inspections took place, let’s just say that some rooms were ‘healthier’ places to be than others! To be fair to the children they were extremely well behaved and all settled well. The morning arrived far too quickly…after a breakfast enjoyed by all it was off to our morning activities, which ranged from archery, trapeze, zip wire and fencing.Osmington Bay

A quick break for lunch then mountain biking and indoor climbing.  Soon it’ll be time for tea, evening activity and then bed, which some of us are looking forward to more than others…

All Safe and Sound.

After a relatively calm journey down (apart from a huge sleet and hail shower) we arrived at a thankfully sunny Osmington Bay. The children were all given their rooms, activity groups and given a tour of the site. Then it was off for dinner, everyone found something they liked, one child even commented that it was better than her mum’s cooking….but I better mention no names!os bay

This evening the activity is ‘Passport to the World’ which involves lots of running around the site looking for various flags and answering  a selection of questions. Hopefully this will tire them out and ensure a peaceful night for all!

And so the adventure begins!

The Y6’s are on the coach and ‘en route’ to Osmington Bay, Weymouth for what should be a fun-filled week away from normal school routine. Check this page each evening for regular bulletins of the day’s activities – wi-fi permitting!

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