We had a bit of a sleep-in this morning because we had a later breakfast slot and the children made the most of it. For the first time this week, it took a little time to get them up. Room inspections started promptly at 7:30am and I have to say, the competition is fierce. This year’s Year 6 have taken it to another level. The judges have been offered sweets as they enter the room (we’re always open to a little bribery); another room has a doorman who welcomes the teachers with a polite greeting and sees us out with a cheery, “Thank you for coming” and there’s yet another room where the children arrange themselves into some kind of art installation. Going into the last morning, it’s too close to call. It’s all going to come down to how well they clear out their rooms for going home. A stray sock could be costly!
Breakfast itself was a selection from vegetable sausage, bacon, scrambled egg and beans with as much bread / cereal as they could eat. This was followed by Jacob’s Ladder (more than just your average ladder) and Raft building. The rafts were well-built and carried 12 passengers comfortably so how come we all ended up in the water!
Lunch was vegetable bolognaise, beef bolognaise or creamy gammon and pasta with garlic bread on the side, then it was straight back to our rooms to re-fill our water bottles and apply sun-cream because sunny Liddington (as I’ve come to call it) was living up to its name yet again and then some. We were joined at lunch by Mrs Patel and Mrs Neighbour who came down to see the children. Poor Mr Speed was feeling a little tired and Mrs Patel took over his group so he could have an afternoon nap – aw bless. As you can imagine, the rest of us more mature members of staff were really pleased about this. Did someone mention the word ‘favouritism’? We did wake Mr Speed later on and told him all about the Sensory Trail and Crate Challenge that his children did in his absence.
It’s Hana’s birthday tomorrow and after our dinner, we sang Happy Birthday and shared some cake. Then it was time to finish that legendary football match and get ready for the last night disco. The children dressed in their finery and off we went. As with everything this week, the kids thoroughly enjoyed themselves and proved once again that Whitings Hill children know how to dance. The PGL leaders were very impressed with their ‘moves’.
And that was that. I can’t believe I’m going to say this because I can’t believe it’s Thursday already, but there’s only one more sleep until we go home. This week has really flown by. You know a school journey has been a success when the children and adults are all saying they’re looking forward to going home but they would love to stay longer too. As far as the grown-ups are concerned, this has genuinely been one of the best school journeys we have been on. Your children have been superb and we’ve really enjoyed spending this week with them. They have pushed themselves to their own limits and beyond, achieving things they didn’t believe they could. They’ve climbed, built rafts and shot arrows and encouraged, cajoled and supported each other along the way. I sincerely hope they always look back with fondness on this Year 6 School Journey and carry the lessons they’ve learned with them into the years to come.
And finally a mention for the lovely members of staff who gave up their time to take the children away. They have cared for them as if they were their own and have contributed to the experience in so many positive ways. So thank you Mrs Abdel-All, Mr Speed, Mrs Porteous, Mrs Wilson and Mrs Hayhoe for your commitment.
See you all tomorrow, over and out.