DAY 1 Monday 15th May 2023 - Our River Dart Residential departed school at 7.40am this morning and the children were all in very high spirits despite the early start!
Having stopped at Gordano Services in Bristol for a brief comfort break, they were back on the road again at 11.20am, with Mr Griffiths taking the opportunity to teach a group of children how to complete a Rubik's Cube!
Mrs Tong expects the group to arrive at the CRS Adventure Centre at around 12.45pm when they will have a tour followed by a game of Round Robin this afternoon and a 'Mini Olympics' event this evening.
12.57pm Message received from Mrs Tong to say the coach had arrived safely!
Day 1 Summary from Staff: After a long coach journey, we arrived safely to a very sunny River Dart. We spent the afternoon doing our Round Robin activities where we explored the grounds, did assault courses, tunnels, slides and ropes and ended up very wet in the river.
After an evening Mini Olympics event, we had some very exhausted children who all went to bed brilliantly.
If you would like to see some photographs of the childrens' adventures on Day 1 then please click on the link below where photographs will be uploaded periodically by accompanying staff members.
Day 1 Google Photos: https://photos.app.goo.gl/q9PmqAto8hL87Wt57
DAY 2 Tuesday 16th May 2023 - After a good night's sleep the children are all excited about the day ahead. Staff wanted to share with parents that they are VERY impressed so far with the tidiness of the rooms and give special mention to Zayn who has proven to be a master at putting on duvet covers!
Day 2 Summary from Staff: After a full English breakfast (for most) we got our wet kits on this morning and built rafts. Each group worked really well together although two out of three of the rafts capsized!
This afternoon we have had lots of fun on the high ropes. Every single child had a go and many faced their fears and pushed themselves to their limits. The big kids (Miss Jacob and Mr Griffiths) also had fun trying (and failing) the water assault course and then having the whole of Year 6 watch them do a timed run of the high rope course (8 minutes 51 seconds and 9 minutes 16 seconds)...a true test of upper body strength! Miss Telfer also pushed herself, facing her fears with a controlled abseil back down to Earth.
All the children have eaten very well and certainly enjoyed the volume of food!
If you would like to see some photographs of the childrens' adventures on Day 2 then please click on the link below where photographs will be uploaded periodically by accompanying staff members.
Day 2 Google Photos: https://photos.app.goo.gl/hwYhBb9W8wvBLvFp6
DAY 3 Wednesday 17th May 2023 - All have slept well and are looking forward to another gorgeous day of sunshine for zip and crates, canoeing and kayaking.
Day 3 Summary from Staff: This morning we woke up to lovely sunshine again. We have spent the day doing canoeing, kayaking, zip lining and crate tower building.
Special mentions go to Mia and Francesca for the most graceful capsize ever and Jess and Kara for sabotaging Mrs Tong, whilst sacrificing themselves. William took some good photographic evidence of this.
This evening we are looking forward to the bouldering wall and a test of our grip strength. Who will climb the highest?
If you would like to see some photographs of the childrens' adventures on Day 3 then please click on the link below where photographs will be uploaded periodically by accompanying staff members.
Day 3 Google Photos: https://photos.app.goo.gl/TaLi3kHWU7SDKwz38
DAY 4 Thursday 18th May 2023 - Fantastic room inspection scores this morning! Two rooms got 9.5/10 and one room got 9/10! Aiming for 10/10s tomorrow! The children (and adults!) have had another great night's sleep and will be walking and climbing today. There will be minimal Internet today due to being out and about so please note that the majority of photos will be uploaded when they return for dinner this evening.
Day 4 Summary from Staff: This morning Group 3 went on a long hike through many interesting obstacles including a field filled with Mongolian Earth Worms... Groups 1 and 2 enjoyed a morning of rock climbing. Taylen managed a speed climb with an impressive time of 45 seconds! We then all had a picnic in the beautiful sunshine altogether. The sausage rolls were a hit!
This afternoon, Group 3 have had a blast with their rock climbing. All the children had a go more than once even though they were nervous. Groups 1 and 2 have had their hike back; hopefully they survived the field of worms...!
This evening we are looking forward to our den building and campfires after a dinner of burgers and apple crumble.
If you would like to see some photographs of the childrens' adventures on Day 4 then please click on the link below where photographs will be uploaded periodically by accompanying staff members.
Day 4 Google Photos: https://photos.app.goo.gl/vDANhmhTzbgCR3P36
DAY 5 Friday 19th May 2023
9.44am The children are all packed, have had their breakfast and are on the adventure playground waiting for the coach to arrive.
10.35am The coach has departed CRS Adventures.
11.01am The children (and staff!) are watching Puss in Boots and some are asleep already! It's going to be a very quiet journey...
12.08pm The coach is planning to stop for lunch at Leigh Delamere at 1pm. We will send an estimated time that we expect the coach to arrive back at school once the coach departs after lunch.
1.40pm Staff and children are currently enjoying an ice cream at Leigh Delamere. The coach driver plans to leave the services at 2pm and expects to be arriving back at school for around 4pm.
3.16pm The coach is making its way through Oxford and they are still on track for a 4pm arrival!
If you would like to see some photographs of the childrens' adventures on Day 5 then please click on the link below where photographs will be uploaded periodically by accompanying staff members.
Day 5 Google Photos: https://photos.app.goo.gl/exvgPM2ujR5ysoh18