Good Evening and welcome to the SJSJb- Day 3!
It has been another glorious day on the Isle of Wight, with sunshine in abundance and a very welcome breeze helping to sail through another fun-packed day!
The children woke up after an absolutely spectacular evening on the beach, our PGL Leader creating an amazing bonfire right at the water’s edge as dusk began to fall, with songs and spooky stories ending a memorable evening which the children and adults will remember for a long time to come.
Once more, the children were up, bright eyed and bushy tailed (mostly) at 6.30, the flurry of organised chaos as each cabin strove to improve their scores, with Chief Inspector McInroy and the clipboard of destiny edging closer and closer as the minutes went by. Mr McInroy was pleased to report to the SJSJb that a great deal of progress had been made, though each day the bar gets higher. Today’s highlights included one cabin singing a welcome song to the inspection team, another greeting with “Good Morning” in a reported five different languages. Rumours of cabins working on a greeting dance are as yet unconfirmed- the SJSJb will follow this story closely. Again, however, the children have been working hard to help each other, with countless examples of teamwork and organisation smoothing helping to make the process easier for everyone.
Before long it was on to activities, with today’s timetable including zip wire, archery, trapeze, and “All aboard”. With three of the four activities previously mentioned all involving heights and ropes, the children of St. Joseph’s are rapidly becoming expert in harnessing, helping each other brilliantly to adjust and tighten straps as needed when getting both in and out of the required safety gear. The children have also worked to assist the PGL instructors, backing up their work by belaying the climbers, being a backup belayer or simply ensuring that all ropes are looked after carefully. Several groups attempted the “All aboard” activity, with three children each separately climbing the same pole to a small platform above, where they engage in a trust exercise of holding each other and leaning back to support each other at the top before each making their way down safely. The trapeze has often been labelled the most difficult of the rope activities, as once a similar pole has been scaled, the children must leap into the air with the goal of catching the trapeze, and so many children today impressed with their bravery- even if some did not make the leap, to make the platform itself is an amazing achievement. Laura L says “It was fun, when you get up there it takes a while to think if you are going to make it- a good tip is to count down from a number, close your eyes and do it!”
Various groups worked on archery today, with all of the children making rapid progress at this deceptively difficult discipline. Regular followers of the blog may remember a certain game of monkey football in which Fadriss overcame the mighty Mr Hoyes in a close fought contest before reporting the win to the SJSJb. Once again challenging Mr Hoyes to an archery contest, Mr Hoyes reported a win for his side with a score of 24-15. Fadriss was unavailable for comment at the time of writing, though surely a deciding event is on the cards? Meanwhile in Aeroball, Ewere and Gibson triumphed in this game of skill, bounciness and sheer aerobic fitness- Well done boys!
The highly unusual localised weather around the sensory trail continues according to Special Reporter Wayne, who explained that once more, as his group was working its way solidly through the tea-working exercise in apparent sunshine, the participants found water creeping down their necks and over their heads at various points. The Met office is investigating.
As the children were working on their 3 session of the day a familiar figure broke the sunshine. Was it a bird? A plane? No! It was Mr Macauley! The children were delighted to see their headteaacher, who had travelled down to share in their school journey and check in on all of the latest activities and hear their news and stories. Mr Macauley visited each group and saw them overcoming some of the many challenges they have faced this week, though was sadly unable to take on Mr Coffey’s group’s offer of joining the activity due to not having the appropriate clothing for the task. (The SJSJb will be writing a strongly worded letter to PGL management arguing the case that participating in a full suit and tie on a zip wire would be, if nothing else, extremely cool.)
The children have continued to show excellent character, determination and fellowship as they continue their adventure here on the Isle of Wight, with some free time to relax in the shade finding simultaneous rugby drills, cricket and football matches, hair braiding classes, skipping and gymnastics- all contributing to a lovely atmosphere moving in to Thursday.
Many questions remain to be answered as the children move now into the latter stages of their journey. What new challenge will they overcome? Will the children remember that colour co-ordinating towels is a sure fire way to score highly in the fiercely contested room inspection awards? Can Fadriss get a comeback win? Just what is dabbing? Who will win the annual Fisher-Dempsey Dragon Boat race on the lake? Stay tuned to the SJSJb to find out more tomorrow!
This is the SJSJb signing off on day three, wishing all back in London a pleasant evening.
SJSJb, Little Canada, Isle of Wight.