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Calvert Day 1 - 15.05.2023

๐Ÿงณ Diary of the year 6 travellers!! ๐Ÿงณย 
Day 1 - Monday

Well - here we go! Itโ€™s another year 6 residential, with a fabulous bunch of children! ๐Ÿ‘ง ๐Ÿ‘ฆย 

We started the day with a movie ๐ŸŽฅ in school while the teachers helped us check our bags - we watched the new Space Jam movie - Bugs Bunny ๐Ÿฐ made us laugh! ๐Ÿ˜‚ย 

At 10:45 we got to choose ANY snack we wanted - what a treat!! โค๏ธ Lots of yummy crisps, yoghurts and chocolates being munched ๐Ÿ˜‹ before a run ๐Ÿƒโ€โ™€๏ธ ๐Ÿƒโ€โ™‚๏ธ around the playground to burn off some energy!

At 11.15 (after a quick loo break ๐Ÿ˜) we gathered in the hall to get our hats ๐Ÿงข, sunflower lanyards ๐ŸŒป and suitcases ๐Ÿงณ ready to go to the airport โœˆ๏ธ.

Mrs Sullivan ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿปโ€๐Ÿซ went ahead to meet us there. We got off the buses ๐ŸšŒ and took our cases to check in. The adults helped us get our tickets ๐ŸŽซ and we watched the bags leave on the conveyor belt. It was all VERY exciting! ๐Ÿ˜†

We waved goodbye ๐Ÿ‘‹ to Mrs Sullivan ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿปโ€๐Ÿซ and headed through security ๐Ÿ‘ฎโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ‘ฎ๐Ÿ‘ฎโ€โ™‚๏ธ. Some people had to go through the scanner and poor Christine had to empty the entire medical bag!! ๐Ÿš‘

When we got to departures, we filled our water bottles๐Ÿšฐ and waited to board the plane โœˆ๏ธ. This is where the excitement really hit in!!

We took off โœˆ๏ธ at around 12.55 but suddenly, the pilot ๐Ÿ‘จโ€โœˆ๏ธ told us we had to turn back! Some birds ๐Ÿฆ had tried to grab a lift on the wing of the plane so an engineer ๐Ÿ‘ทโ€โ™€๏ธ had to check it was ok๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿป. Luckily, the birds ๐Ÿฆ were ok, as was the plane โœˆ๏ธ so we could leave again! So exciting to do a double take off on our first school residential!

We landed in Bristol airport and walked to get our suitcases ๐Ÿงณ. The belt was loud and the airport was busy but we were amazing, following all the adults and making great choices! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿปย 

Once we had our bags, it was time to get the bus ๐ŸšŒ. Our bus was HUGE!!! We could all have individual seats ๐Ÿ’บ ย if we wanted! It was nice and cool โ„๏ธ and the seats were very comfyโ€ฆ some of us even grabbed a snooze ๐Ÿ˜ด!

We had a lovely bus driver who pointed out fun things on our journey, like wind turbines and our next stop - McDonalds ๐ŸŸ!!ย 

We had just enough time for a quick burger ๐Ÿ” or chicken nuggets ๐Ÿ— and obviously had to collect the all important free toy ๐Ÿงธ!! Then it was back to the bus for the final leg of the journey.

We arrived at Calvert at around 6.30pm and went straight for dinner. Tonightโ€™s choice was chilli con carne ๐Ÿ› or carbonara ๐Ÿ. We then had chocolate brownie for dessert ๐Ÿ˜‹!!

Finally, we had a wander around the centre, getting a chance to play on the swings and a short walk through the nature area ๐ŸŒณ. We all bundled to bed ๐Ÿ›Œ, and despite some big talk (!) pretty much everyone was fast asleep by around half ten ๐Ÿ•ฅ.

Tomorrow the real adventure begins - we canโ€™t wait to share all our stories with you!

Good night ๐Ÿ˜ดย 
Love from a very sleepy ๐Ÿฅฑ year 6!

Calvert Day 2 - 16/05/23

๐Ÿงณ Diary of the year 6 travellers! ๐Ÿงณ

Day 2 - 16th May 2023

Oh my goodness! What a day! The sun โ˜€๏ธ has been shining on us all day and we have had a wonderful time ๐Ÿ˜. Our morning ๐ŸŒ… started slowly with the children ๐Ÿ‘ฆ๐Ÿง’๐Ÿ‘ง waking when they were ready. Most of us were up by half past 7 ๐Ÿ•ข but some cheeky monkeys ๐Ÿ™ˆ got up to brush their teeth at half past 5 ๐Ÿ• !!! They were gently guided to snooze ๐Ÿ˜ด for a bit longer!! ๐Ÿ˜‚

Once we were all up it was time for a wash ๐Ÿงผ. We also cleaned our teeth ๐Ÿชฅ ๐Ÿฆท and chose our cool โ€˜threadsโ€™๐ŸŽฝ๐Ÿ‘– for the day (can you spot the lingo creeping in!!). We met for breakfast ๐Ÿณ at twenty five past eight and sat down at our table in the conservatory. At half eight ๐Ÿ•ฃ the hot food was served!! ๐Ÿ˜‹ We had a choice of scrambled eggs ๐Ÿฅš, sausage ๐ŸŒญ, mushrooms ๐Ÿ„, hash browns and toast ๐Ÿž. There was also cereal ๐Ÿฅฃ, fruit ๐Ÿ ๐ŸŽ ๐ŸŒ ๐ŸŠ and yoghurt. Some children chose a fruit juice ๐Ÿงƒ to go with their breakfast, but lots of us drank water๐Ÿšฐ or milk ๐Ÿฅ›.

Once we completed some serious carb loading, we headed back to the houses ๐Ÿ˜๏ธ to chill and get prepared for the day. We checked schedules, put on suncream and did the usual pre activity toilet check ๐Ÿšฝ. Everyone met at ten to ten, ready to find out our groups. We were split into 2 groups, Croyde and Mortehoe and went off to our first activities.

Each group did the same activities, just the opposite way round! One activity was rock climbing ๐Ÿง—โ€โ™€๏ธ. Because it was a beautiful day โ˜€๏ธ, we spent the entire time, climbing outside ๐ŸŒณ. The sun shone down as we were hoisted, belayed and encouraged to try our best ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป. EVERY CHILD had a go! With many of them climbing to the top of the walls. There was lots of resilience being shown (Deema Duck ๐Ÿฆ†) as well as some fabulous teamwork (Tim and Tina Tortoise ๐Ÿข ๐Ÿข) and trust in our friends to keep us safe. Some of the grown ups even had a go!

We all went for lunch (cheese pasty and potato wedges with a choice of brownie, flapjack or marble cake for dessert) and enjoyed a bit more chill ๐Ÿ˜Ž time. Lots of children chose to use the iPad ๐Ÿ“ฑ for their chill time, especially those who went cycling ๐Ÿšดโ€โ™€๏ธ first!!

Talking of cycling, this was our second activity of the day. Most children (and some adults) rode the kmx bikes around the reservoir. Some adults cycled children in the assisted bike, others followed (usually by running!!) the 3 wheel trikes and helped them with steering!!!

We then headed back to the houses ๐Ÿ˜๏ธ to chill, shower ๐Ÿšฟ and make ourselves smell great again! This evening, we played outside ๐ŸŒณ and headed for dinner at half past 6 where we had the choice of hot pot ๐Ÿฒ or lasagne ๐Ÿ. Then for desert we had cheesecake ๐Ÿฐ - it was delicious ๐Ÿ˜‹!!

The children were offered a choice between a chill night or a movie ๐ŸŽฅ and the vote was fairly unanimous- chilling out it was!!! ๐Ÿ˜Ž Unsurprisingly, all children were in bed and asleep a lot quicker tonight - no half one chat sessions here!! ๐Ÿฅฑ ๐Ÿ˜ด

We are so excited for tomorrow & canโ€™t wait to see what it will bring!

See you soon!

Lots of love from Year 6 ๐Ÿ˜

Calvert day 3 - 17/05/23

๐Ÿงณ Diary of the year 6 travellers! ๐Ÿงณย 

Day 3 - 17.05.23

What a wonderful day we had today! ๐Ÿ˜

The children had a slightly slower start this morning, with many of them not waking up until 8 oโ€™clock ๐Ÿ•—. We did the usual wash ๐Ÿงผ, teeth ๐Ÿฆท ๐Ÿชฅ and change our clothes ๐Ÿ‘• ๐Ÿ‘–, then headed for breakfast.ย 

Today we could choose from bacon ๐Ÿฅ“, fried egg ๐Ÿณ, baked beans ๐Ÿซ˜, hash browns and toast ๐Ÿž. There was also yoghurt and fruit ๐ŸŒ ๐ŸŽ ๐Ÿ ๐ŸŠ available.ย 

We had a bit of down time ๐Ÿ˜Ž before heading towards our activities for the day.ย 

The first activity was horse riding ๐Ÿ‡. Some children were already experts at this and they were allowed to ride without a leader. There were lots of different horses ๐Ÿด and we even got to groom them.ย 

We then had lunch (Jacket potato ๐Ÿฅ”, baked beans ๐Ÿซ˜ and cheese ๐Ÿง€) before another little chill ๐Ÿ˜Ž in the sunshine โ˜€๏ธ.

The second activity today was crate stacking! We were clipped into harnesses and worked in pairs to build a tall tower. We went as high as possible then became human wrecking balls and knocked them down! It was so much fun ๐Ÿคฉ!

We were then lucky enough to go on the giant swing!! We were put in a harness and hoisted up to the ceiling. Then after a count down, our group leaders pulled the cord and we went flying!! Even some of the adults ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿป ๐Ÿ‘ฑ๐Ÿปโ€โ™‚๏ธ went on the swing (and they screamed the loudest!!)

In the evening, we had a swim ๐ŸŠ๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ in the hydrotherapy pool. It was so much fun!! Then it was roast dinner ๐Ÿฒ for tea with ice cream ๐Ÿจ for desert! ๐Ÿ˜‹ย 

Our evening entertainment was a visit from Exmoor zoo. Everyone got to handle giant snails ๐ŸŒ, snakes ๐Ÿ an owlet ๐Ÿฆ‰ and even a meerkat! It was wonderful.

We headed to bed and everyone was well asleep before 10 oโ€™clock ๐Ÿ•™.

Final activity day tomorrow - archery, zip line and abseiling to look forward to!!

Night night!
Love from a very tired year 6

Day 4 - 18/05/23

๐Ÿงณ Diary of the yr 6 travellers! ๐Ÿงณ

Thursday - 18th May 2023

Final activity day!!! As has become our normal, we started the day slowly ๐Ÿข!!! We completed the morning routine: get up, washed ๐Ÿงผ, dressed ๐Ÿ‘• ๐Ÿ‘–, brush our teeth ๐Ÿฆท and headed to breakfast for half 8 ๐Ÿ•ฃ. Todayโ€™s hot brekkie consisted of: scrambled egg ๐Ÿฅš, baked beans, sausage ๐ŸŒญ, hash browns and toast ๐Ÿž. Cold options were the usual - Fruit ๐ŸŽ ๐Ÿ ๐ŸŒ ๐ŸŠ yoghurt and cereal ๐Ÿฅฃ. Some children ๐Ÿ‘ง ๐Ÿ‘ฆ were exceptionally hungry ๐Ÿคค today! We have eaten well this week!!!

Before leaving breakfast, we wished Dominic a happy birthday. He told us all about his new sea life book that he had for his birthday. He was super excited for the day!

While we were chilling, another special surprise happened, Mrs Sullivan ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿปโ€๐Ÿซ walked into the quad! We were so excited ๐Ÿ˜† to see her and gave lots of big hugs ๐Ÿค—.

After a bit of a run ๐Ÿƒโ€โ™€๏ธ and some chill time ๐Ÿ˜Ž we headed off to our first activity - archery ๐Ÿน!! Year 6 LOVED this! We played a range of games like rescue the princess ๐Ÿ‘ธ๐Ÿป , holiday โ˜€๏ธ and even did a good old fashioned high score round. Lots of the grown ups ๐Ÿง”๐Ÿป ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿป also had a goโ€ฆ needless to say it got competitive!!

Lunch was another delicious meal, macaroni and cheese ๐Ÿง€ ๐Ÿ˜‹ or jacket potato ๐Ÿฅ” with salad ๐Ÿฅ— on the side. Everyone was pretty hungry by this point so we wolfed our food down. Then for dessert we had birthday cake ๐ŸŽ‚!! The chef had made two HUGE cakes ๐Ÿฐ for Dominic to share with us and the other centre users. We all sang happy birthday to him and tucked in. There were lots of chocolatey ๐Ÿซ faces.

Second activity today was abseiling and the zip wire. This was BRILLIANT ๐Ÿคฉ! Everyone faced their fears ๐Ÿ˜ง and went down the wall. Some even went twice!!! The zip wire was really fun too. Lots of us went super fast. The instructors played a little prank on Lucie which made everyone laugh ๐Ÿ˜‚. They asked her to hold onto a rope then told her to let goโ€ฆ and that released her on the zip wire! Lucie also found it very funny ๐Ÿ˜†.

Just time for a little chill ๐Ÿ˜Ž, pack our bags ๐Ÿงณ and then dinner (chicken Kiev or cottage pie) before we got our fancy clothes on and took to the dance floor. ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿ•บ The disco was a huge hit! Everyone had at least one dance, with most of us partying until 9 oโ€™clock ๐Ÿ•˜.

Now weโ€™re all tucked up in bed ๐Ÿ›Œ ready to snooze the night away ๐Ÿ˜ด!

We canโ€™t wait to see you all tomorrow to tell you more about our adventures.

Sleep tight!

Love from a totally wiped out year 6! ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜

Day 5 - 19/05/23

๐Ÿงณ Diary of the year 6 travellers! ๐Ÿงณ

Friday 19th May

Well, weโ€™ve come to the end of a spectacular residential. Our bags ๐Ÿงณ were all packed and we went for our final breakfast ๐Ÿณ of the holiday. It was a bacon ๐Ÿฅ“ , fried egg ๐Ÿณ and hash brown kind of day for most of us. Some children had cereal ๐Ÿฅฃ and yoghurt.

We did the final checks then headed towards our bus ๐ŸšŒ waiting point. We had to take a minibus ๐Ÿš to the main coach because it was too big to get down the lane to Calvert. The children ๐Ÿ‘ง ๐Ÿ‘ฆ were fab. It was a long journey to the airport! Lots of traffic ๐Ÿš— ๐Ÿš™ ๐Ÿš— ๐Ÿš— ๐Ÿš™.

We arrived and checked in immediately before going through fast track security. Only 3 bag checks to do!! ๐Ÿคฉ Almost immediately, our gate was called and we went off to gate 27. Bristol airport was very busy and we stuck close to our group leaders. We were so rushed we didnโ€™t get to stop at McDonaldโ€™s! No fries for us ๐Ÿ˜ž!

We were all amazingly patient when waiting for the plane โœˆ๏ธ. Now was our last chance to raid the teachers ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿป๐Ÿง”โ€โ™‚๏ธsweetie ๐Ÿฌ and fruit ๐Ÿ ๐ŸŽ ๐ŸŠ ๐ŸŒ stash!! Mrs Sullivan ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿปโ€๐Ÿซ bought us all some water๐Ÿšฐ and then we boarded the plane at 14.20.

The flight โœˆ๏ธ was fairly uneventful, just a chance for us to finish all the crisps and sweets ๐Ÿฌ we still had. The trip had one final surprise for us. As we came into land, the pilot ๐Ÿ‘จโ€โœˆ๏ธ misjudged the runway and couldnโ€™t land!! So we had a double take off and a double landing ๐Ÿ›ฌ!! When we finally did land, everyone was extremely excited to see our families ๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿ‘ง๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿ‘ง๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿ‘ฆ๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿ‘งโ€๐Ÿ‘ฆ๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿ‘ฆ๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿ‘ฆโ€๐Ÿ‘ฆ๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿ‘งโ€๐Ÿ‘ง๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿ‘ง - we said goodbye ๐Ÿ‘‹ and that was the end of our adventures.

I think we will all sleep well this weekend!!!!

Love from An emotional, exhausted (yet somehow still excited!) year 6


Final note from our teachers:

We have had a wonderful time with the children this week. They have behaved beautifully and really challenged themselves. Their resilience and determination never failed to impress us. We were also seriously impressed with their dance moves!!!

A huge thanks goes to our dedicated PSFA who raised the funds to send us to Calvert. The children will hopefully remember this experience for the rest of their lives.

Thank you so much for your support and for your trust in us to bring them back in one piece! Now, time to collapse!! ๐Ÿ˜†

Many thanks, The Staff Team - Deanna, Lou, Chris, Christine, Paula, Cat & Caitlin