Well, what a great few days we have had! After a very busy build up to SATs, the children (and staff!) in year 6 were finally able to let their hair down on our residential trip to Waddow Hall. As this is the first year we have been to Waddow, the children were unsure what to expect but they have all had a brilliant time.
Staying in the hall itself, the children were in rooms of two, three or four on the first floor and enjoyed much of their freetime running in and out of each others rooms! Meals were served downstairs in the dining room, with a big breakfast and a hot lunch and dinner each day. Everyone ate very well and we didn’t hear a single complaint. After each meal, the children were responsible for clearing and re-setting their tables ready for the next meal, something which we hope they are keeping up at home!!
With such a short drive to Waddow on the Monday, we were able to get straight on with activities in the morning, starting the day with zipwiring and crate stacking, followed by an afternoon of archery, grass sledging and bushcraft, and then bottle rockets in the evening.
On Tuesday, despite some children feeling slightly less energetic after staying up late, the activities continued and we experienced a day of outdoor rock climbing, abseiling and tree climbing. In the evening we enjoyed singing, dancing and toasting marshmallows around the campfire.
With the sun finally shining on Wednesday morning, the children took to the river in canoes and built their own rafts. Many children said these were their favourite activities, despite nearly everyone ending up in the river soaking wet!
All the children had a fantastic time and we hope they have lots of happy memories of the trip to share and take with them to high school. Although we are all tired out and ready for bed, our staff also had a very enjoyable time and we were extremely proud to hear the Waddow staff compliment the children on their behaviour and say they are welcome to come back any time. Well done year 6!