Wednesday already?

Yesterday was our first full day of activities and our groups took part in a selection from ropes course, orienteering, forest adventure, caving or gorge walking. Hence the carnage left in our drying room by tea time!

Drying room mess
I personally spent the morning down a cave, scraping and squeezing my way through quartz and slime, then my afternoon at the ropes convincing 40kg children that if the rope could hold a tonne, it could hold them…

Climbers
Dinner was sweet and sour chicken, pronounced either too sweet or too sour depending on the mood round each table, but when seconds were announced the queue suggested it was actually “just right”!
A scavenger hunt, with torches in the dark, was organised in the evening before being packed off for night two and now, at the mid-point of the week, we’ll do it all again.

Today also means a reluctant goodbye and thank you to Mrs Mclean but a cheerful hello and welcome to Mrs Thomson! 

First night done!

After our safe arrival at Benmore the children sorted their rooms and unpacked their luggage. It may have looked like they were fighting with linen and exploding their suitcases, but in the end everything was where it was meant to be!

We enjoyed cake and sang Happy Birthday to Kieran who blew out his candles and managed the right blend of mortified / delighted, before a 6.15 dinner of fish and chips followed by fruit and yoghurt.

The evening activity was night walk, following a rope through the darkest, deepest twists of the forest, mud pits and deadly sheer cliff faces. In our imaginations at least.

All were in bed by 10, and quiet very soon after. Let’s see what today brings…

Evacuation!

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Our brave P7 evacuees left early this morning on their coach bound for Coldingham! So many worried faces, unsure about their futures…

This event has been running between partner schools for years now, and on arrival the children will be billeted with new “families” then spend the day enjoying WWII related activities, from baking carrot biscuits to learning how to jive.

The accompanying staff members even dressed up too; see the screen inside the front door for more pictures!