Thursday, 8 October 2015

Our last full day (sniff sniff!)

Our last day here at Ardentinny has gone very quickly and we're all very tired but looking forward to having fun at the disco tonight.

Group 1 had a fun-filled day doing team challenges in the grounds this morning and rock hopping at the beach this afternoon.  Some of the children (and Mrs Little!) were a bit nervous about the rock hopping but ended up having a great time and even jumped from rocks into the water.  They also had great fun playing around in the waves.  The team challenges saw Hollie scaling the height of a tower of milk crates and she wasn't scared in the slightest.  The challenges were a good way for the children to see how good they were at certain elements of successful group working and what they had to work on in future.

Group 2 started the day with canoeing on Loch Long in the glorious sunshine - it was weirdly warm for October!    The children had to canoe up to a Spanish fisherman's boat to retrieve an oar that a previous group had lost the week before!  After managing to stay dry for the entire session, most of the children jumped right into the loch at the end to get wet!  The afternoon saw the children orienteering around the grounds of the centre, gaining some vital life skills which we will endeavour to enhance when we get back to school.  'The Eating Elephants'  group (Emily, Jill, Olivia and Caitlin from Rockfield) won the 20 target challenge!

Group 3 had a fantastic time building shelters in the woods on their forest walk and sampling the delights that nature had to offer.  The afternoon was gorge walking (with Miss McLaren)  - great fun but very, very cold and very, very wet!  We covered our faces in mud, slid down rocks into pools and climbed waterfalls.  The children were all very enthusiastic although some of them weren't so fond of the cold, wet welly thing.

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