Good Evening and welcome to the SJSJb- Day 4- Dragons and Disco Edition!
Another fun-packed day here at Little Canada on the Isle of Wight, the children woke this morning to an unfamiliar sight- clouds. An overcast day here soon turned into another absolute belter, our last full day of activities blessed with more sunshine, laughter and memories.
Each group was straight away into its first activity, with groups 1 + 2 working on orienteering for the very first time in many cases. The children were instructed in how to orient a map, recognise different parts of the key and then their challenge was to find as many ‘stations’ as possible in the time provided. Among the standouts in this challenge were David, Declan, Sonny and Justin in Mr Coffey’s group, with Mr Hoyes impressed particularly with Beulah, Ashlyn, and Rebecca! The children worked incredibly well in their groups, taking turns with each job within the group and hitting a huge number of stations across the entire site. Not long after this was the one they had all been waiting for however. The creek was prepped for the arrival of the entire St Joseph’s contingent. It was time to race.
Across the word there are many storied rivalries. England- Wales in rugby. Liverpool-Everton in football. USA-Europe in the Ryder Cup. However all of these pale in comparison to the annual Dempsey-Fisher Dragon Boat Regatta in Little Canada Creek. Both crews and their captains had been training for this event for months, with special diets and regimes aimed at getting everyone in peak condition, no-one wanting to leave anything on the lake in this legendary competition. The children were prepared and ready. At the call “Dragon Boats are you ready?!” The reply rang out from all on the water “We were born ready!!!” The Fisher boat blew Dempsey out of the water in the first run, going in to a 1-0 lead by half a length. In the second run however they were faced with a serious reality check, the Dempsey boat fighting back to take it by a nose to level the scores at 1-1. It all came down to a straight shoot-out. It was then that Fisher showed their true 5-in-a-row pedigree, channelling the Mrs Byrne spirit and knuckling down under pressure to take the last leg in a thrilling competition. An incredible competition saw Fisher retain a trophy that has not seen Dempsey class in many a year. In the end of course, the real winner was Dragon Boat Racing, with both sides shaking hands and sharing congratulations (and commiserations of course) in a true display of sporting spirit.
There was no time to rest on laurels however, as it was then to lunch, another innings in the ongoing cricket before we were off to our next round of activities. With groups working on Climbing, Fencing, Abseiling and the infamous Sensory trail, there was plenty of challenge to be had. Dylan has had no fear whatsoever on the ropes work, scaling heights with a single hesitation, while Katie has been keeping her entire group cheered with her positive energy, Mr McInroy reports, with Sophia and Daniel S also proving to be naturals at Archery! Mrs Kingman was delighted with Laura P and Mariana on the climbing wall, overcoming their fears to show everyone how it was done. Both Jayden and Raphael, PGL veterans, have also impressed with their willingness to help those who may be a little unfamiliar with the goings on here on the Isle of Wight, prepared at all times to drop in a little hint or expertise to help their team-mates. Well done boys! James, Daniel A and Oge have all impressed her with their work throughout the week! Mrs Kingman also noted how helpful Charleigh had been all week, doing everything she could for those around her be it in the cabins, in the dining hall or on activities, truly showcasing the St Joseph’s values to everyone who has come into contact with her. Mr Coffey was pleased to be able to note some brilliant work in a completely new discipline for his children, with David and Tolu in particular catching the eye with their reactions and instinct in the sport of Fencing- future Olympians perhaps?
With such a busy afternoon it was back to the cabins after dinner to get ready for the hotly anticipated final-night Disco! It was a whirlwind scene of excitement of outfit changes, fragrance testing and hair styling, and that was just the boys’ cabins! SJSJb is pleased to announce that as ever, St Joseph’s are dominating the dancefloor, continuing the legacy handed down by many a year six cohort from our school. As SJSJb is writing this blog the beat of Ed Sheeran, Cotton Eyed Joe and someone called Bieber is shaking the table, and it is reported from the frontline of the action that Justin is throwing moves like they are going out of fashion (Mr Hoyes apparently commenting he “taught him all he knows about the Macarena”). Please see the accompanying photos to see the children looking sharp and ready for the night while also enjoying the many activities they’ve been admirably accomplishing all day.
Tomorrow holds the last two activities for the children, before our journey home from the Isle of Wight and from a week that the children will never forget. The sun is just beginning to drop down here on Little Canada, so it is time for the SJSJb to see if there are any moves left to be dropped on the dancefloor in the main hall.
Wishing all at home a pleasant evening,