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Stackpole Day 4

Today was fine but somewhat cold!

Both schools experienced some rock climbing and a blustery coastal walk of about 5 km. We learnt about a variety of rock formations and had a picnic lunch.

At the climbing wall the children pushed themselves and were very proud of their achievements. They encouraged and supported each other well. They tried both traversing and climbing.

For dinner the children enjoyed a delicious chicken curry followed by jelly and ice cream.

Tonight they are looking forward to the now infamous Stackpole’s got talent.

 

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Stackpole Day 3

 

Another great day at Stackpole.

The sun shined all day! Both groups took part in some orienteering activities – lots of careful map reading and team work. Siddington children also did some conservation work clearing brambles and laurel bushes and learnt about the history and wildlife of the Stackpole Estate.

Kemble children enjoyed a morning of bike riding which included cycling across a stream. Every one rode with confidence and had fun.

Tonight the children have filled up with giant jacket potatoes with a choice of bolognese, beans, tuna and cheese fillings, followed by jam sponge and custard – delicious!

No quotes from the children tonight as they are busy enjoying an evening of team games and we don’t want to disturb them!

 

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Stackpole Day 2

Today was another day of good weather. After breakfast we set of down to Freshwater West to take part in some rock pooling.  We discovered the beach is famous as the location of the Shell house where Dobbie dies in Harry Potter.

Both groups went off with nets to find a range of animals that live in the rock pools and found crabs, fish, prawns, etc. Afterwards we looked carefully and learned a little about the animals before releasing them back into their natural environment.

In the afternoon we split into 2 groups for different activities. Kemble went off to learn about the history of the Stackpole Estate and to carry out some conservation work.

Siddington went off to try their hand at mountain biking. It was great fun riding through all the muddy trails.

For tea we all ate sausages, potatoes and vegetables and are heading off for an exciting nightline activity before bed.

 

 Today’s Quotes:

Emily – “In the afternoon we were doing some conservation work and we found pheasant berries and dug them up. It was hard work but lots of fun”

Abi – “The instructor, Ben, is really kind and thoughtful and if you struggle with something he will help you do it right.”

Isabelle – “We went rock pooling and I found a crab but it was dead unfortunately. But still I found one!”

Carter – “I couldn’t believe how big the eight arch bridge was. It was epic.”

Will – “I found the conservation really fun getting in all the edges.”

Beth – “I enjoyed rock pooling and finding the creatures. I also enjoyed getting muddy mountain biking!”

Olly – “Mountain Biking because it was a good experience. I liked riding through the mud. My backpack has better camouflage because of the mud”

Ashley – “We went Mountain Biking. I liked that we could go through the puddles”

Gartoon – “I liked mountain biking.   I liked going downhill fast.  At the beach I liked finding things. It was fun. I found 2 prawns, a crab and some fish”

 

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Stackpole Day 1

Today we arrived to beautiful sunshine and quickly settled into our rooms. Everyone has successfully made their beds without disappearing inside the duvet covers, so don’t worry!

Everyone has been really great at chatting and making new friends which is great to see.

After a salad bar lunch of rolls, ham, cheese and amazing cakes we set off to enjoy some time at Broadhaven beach.

We have had a delicious dinner of pasta and bolognaise sauce, followed by apple crumble and custard. Mrs Parmiter and Ms Wyatt certainly were ready for their tea!

Today’s Blog Quotes

Isabelle “I saw a massive jelly fish in the sand and Beth and I found seaweed and smelt it – it smelt of fish”

Carter “We saw a swan it was huge. I liked the beach; it was awesome”

Beth “ We saw lots of sand dunes and rolled down them; it was out of this world!”

Sam “I enjoyed the massive walk on the beach”

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Stackpole 2015 Thursday 29th January

What a great day we’ve had today! Both groups experienced mountain biking in the mud through hail, rain and wind. All survived and enjoyed the experience immensely. This afternoon we completed an orienteering course and returned to a super chicken curry with rice and naan bread followed by a delicious homemade cheesecake.

This evening, after a spot of bag packing, we have been fully entertained by ‘Stackpole’s Got Talent’. Kemble did us proud!!

The children are settling now for their final sleep here. Tomorrow we will all head down to the beach for the morning for a conservation session. We plan to leave straight after lunch at about 1pm

For today’s photos click here

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Stackpole Wednesday 28th January

Another great day had by all – the weather has been a bit more testing: wind and rain but still sunny at times. Both groups have been climbing over at the quarry and have completed a four mile walk around the coastal path. Stunning views and a chance to play on the beach. Tonight we feasted on roast pork with all the trimmings followed by jelly and locally sourced ice cream. After an attempt at a campfire we have been playing games in the common room and drinking hot chocolate with marshmallows.

Tomorrow it’s mountain biking and the much awaited Stackpole’s got talent!

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Tuesday 27th January – Stackpole day 2

Another great day today – the rain held off for most of it and we even had sunshine and a beautiful rainbow. The children all slept well and woke to enjoy a filling breakfast of cereal, toast, bacon and eggs. We then set off for our activities – orienteering and conservation work. After rolls, ham, cheese and salad we all set off to the beach to do some rock pooling. We collected a range of sea creatures including 6 crabs, a pipe fish and a blenny.

This evening’s meal was jacket potato, beans and cheese. This was followed by our nightline activity in the dark – the children will fill you in I’m sure!

All settling now, shattered after a full day.

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