Good Evening and welcome to the SJSJb- Day 2!
Our previous update left us facing the first our night in the cabins at the end of a busy yet exhilarating day, yet there was more to come with such terrors as the Giant Swing, the Zip Wire and of course, the much dreaded, terrifying and doom-laden… Room Inspections.
The children were soon to bed and after one or two hurried conversations were asleep, to be cordially woken by the golden tones of Mr Hoyes at a prompt 6.30 in the morning, given 30 minutes to have their cabins (and themselves) ready to be inspected by chief inspector McInroy and his much feared clipboard of destiny. With points given for a wide range of categories such as greeting, neatness of beds and teddy bear organisation, competition was fierce, with Shannon, Gabriella, Daniella, Kezia, Efe and Toluah early favourites for the win this week with an unprecedented mark 6/10 on day 1. It is not all about the competition however, as the cabin environment helps the children see the value of co-operation too, with Lottie’s bed being made by Tavy because Lottie was waiting for the shower, a lovely gesture which goes a long way to building that team ethic. Samuel noted too that he was helped by his friends Gibson and Tolu, helping him tidy and make the bed while he got himself ready.
With inspections done, it was time for a big breakfast before moving on to the day’s activities, testing a wide range of skills with events such as the Catwalk, the Giant Swing (More on this later), Fencing, Sensory Trail, and Archery among others keeping our children on their toes at all times (occasionally when 20 feet in the air).
As always, these activities bring out the absolute best in our children and it is great to see them recognising the challenge and being willing to push themselves that bit further than perhaps they thought they could, encouraged as always by their peers. Ovo was particularly worried about the giant swing but overcame his fear to do it not once, but twice! Katie did a brilliant job of calming Valentina down on the same apparatus, and if the echo of a scream bounced around London at roughly 10am this morning it may well have emanated from Gabriella, who also did brilliantly to do the giant swing but most certainly let her feelings be known all the way though! Gibson, meanwhile, suggests that his screaming, while equally as loud, was due to him “spotting a poisonous animal on the floor just as the catch was let go”, suggesting remarkable eyesight from such a height. Investigations are ongoing…
Laura L was particularly brave on the Catwalk, showing a great deal of determination to make it to the second level despite realising, as noted by several of the children in Mr Coffey’s group that “it feels much higher up when you are actually there from what it looks like on the ground!” The same children reported some very unusual weather patterns during their time on the sensory trail. A brilliant test of communication and teamwork, the children are blindfolded and must work together to overcome a variety of obstacles. It would appear that despite the extremely fine weather he children were repeatedly covered in water- Mr Coffey’s response? “No comment.”
In other news, Mr Hoyes was beaten in a dramatic game of Monkey Footballby Fadriss, who wasted no time in reporting this information to the SJSJb. Mr Hoyes, however, is no doubt used to such heartbreak due to his status as a lifelong Sheffield Wednesday fan. Miss Kingman’s group have particularly impressed her with their levels of encouragement for each other in today’s activities, though their group/leader’s decision to soak Mr Coffey’s group in a run-by water throwing incident as they were innocently getting on with an activity will surely have consequences later on in our time here at Little Canada. Mr McInroy reports that Daniel D has shown great spirit, getting on with each activity “like an absolute trooper, always giving his best with no fuss at all- tremendous!”, with Shannon and Colleen also working well together to scale Jacob’s Ladder. It has further been reported that in a rather unorthodox move, Miss McConnell allowed Valentina to use her head as a stepping stone in the same activity. Mr Hoyes quickly moved to ensure all children that stepping on teacher’s heads was not allowed except in such exceptional circumstances as climbing a giant ladder on the Isle of Wight.
These events bring you right up to date with events here on the sunny Isle of Wight, the children have enjoyed their dinner, been to the tuck shop and are now enjoying a campfire on the beach in idyllic weather with all manner of tasty sweets and treats! With that, SJSJb will sign off.
Wishing you all a pleasant evening,
SJSJb, Isle of Wight.