Year six have now made their way to the Isle of Wight on their School trip. In this blog, we will offer a day-by-day round up of this fantastic trip as it happens. Each night, our year six teachers will update this page with news and pictures of each amazing, fun packed day.
Please keep checking back each day to find out what our pupils have been up to.
Sun cream, zip wires and giant swings. Year 6 are off to a flying start on the Isle of Wight.
Following a very successful journey, including an early ferry departure, all arrived in high spirits (and indeed good voice) to PGL Little Canada day. First order of the day was a tour of the camp site, followed by a welcome meal of pizza and wedges, although Christine did express her dissatisfaction with the fact that her ‘meat lovers’ pizza only included one slice of pepperoni. Free time after lunch meant games in the sunshine including 5-aside football, rounders, skipping, tag-rugby and a new favourite: ‘no man’s land.’
03:50pm and the time had finally arrived for year 6 to begin their activities, and indeed it was a big start to the week for all four groups, full of individual success stories. Justin Tran conquered the giant swing with courage and determination although according to Alfie Hugo’s scream was definitely the loudest. Lily flew down the zip-wire, Aliima-Sadiya showed she has what it takes to survive alone in the wilderness, and Jason finally managed to get his Duvet cover on. All have taken to the activities in true St Joseph’s spirit, with a determination to work together to achieve their goals, and there is much excitement for the challenges to come in the days ahead.
The children are well settled in their cabins, with rooms unpacked, tidy and some incredibly well organised stashes of sweets making excellent use of the available shelf space. After a long day together, all are looking forward to a restful night’s sleep, ahead of another fun filled day tomorrow.
It has truly been a terrific start to the week, and as a staff we can already see through the children’s joy in their response to the trip, their gratitude to all back home that made this possible for them.
Our first night together at PGL went very smoothly with all grateful for a restful night’s sleep following a long Monday. Tuesday morning could only mean one thing: a prompt 07:15am wake-up call followed by our very first room inspections. On the whole rooms were found to be in excellent condition, although the girls currently have the slight edge on the boys in terms of tidiness and organisation.
Over a breakfast of bacon and sausage (particularly well received by Xavier and James), talk soon turned to the activities in store for the day ahead, a real air of optimism pervading the group. All the groups had the wonderful opportunity to take part in a three hour hike in the sun around the beautiful countryside of the Isle of Wight. This was an experience embraced by all, taking in hills, rivers, wildlife and even a working steam train; however by the end there were a fair few tired legs grateful of a well-earned rest.
A comment from David to Mr Hoyes on the hike, “This trip is bringing us closer together as a team with people we wouldn’t normally spend time with,” encapsulates the spirit with which the children approached the day’s other activities. Dante scaled the Jacob’s ladder to the fifth rung, with much support from his group members, Jack battled his way round the challenge course culminating in him scaling a seven foot wall. Katie somehow managed to park her quad bike on top of a 2 deep pile of tyres much to the amazement of Mrs Child and Nia was crowned champion of a whole year 6 game of Splat: Extreme Rules. A traditional camp fire complete with sing-alongs and marshmallows is in store for our evening activity, the perfect opportunity for some relaxation time ahead of another well-needed night’s sleep.
As a staff it has been a pleasure to spend a wonderful day with a group of wonderful young people. We are very proud of how the children are entering into this experience, their maturity in taking responsibility for themselves and their togetherness as a group. All is well here at Little Canada, bring on Wednesday.
A day of triumph!
Today was an all-round more sleepy start to the day in comparison with the previous morning, yet soon all were up, feeling fresh and ready for room inspections. School Journey records were broken this morning, with a record 9.5 out of 10 awarded to Room 2 (Tony, Zach, Jerson and Jack) for their highly commendable cleanliness and room organisation. On a far more solemn note this morning also saw the awarding of an all-time record low score of 1 out of 10 to room 10 (Alfie O, Alfie S, Xavier and Dante) for some bizarre bed making and unusual organisation of clothing, but rest assured with some friendly advice from Miss Brady the boys have rectified their situation.
Following a hearty breakfast it was on with the day’s activities, and indeed what a day of activities. Group 2 were quick to highlight the bravery and determination of Ellie, Arissa and Katie as they battled their fear of heights to conquer The Catwalk. Lucia’s sheer determination led her to a bull’s eye with her final arrow of the Archery session. Victoria and Jerson through honest grit scaled the climbing wall against all odds; Joseph let nothing stand in his way as he climbed to the top of the Jacob’s Ladder, even standing on Mr Hoyes in order to reach the final rung. Dante’s facial expression as he made his decent from the Giant Swing was a moment none of us will ever forget.
As well as successes out on activities, there has been plenty to admire off them. The humility, patience and selflessness of Hugo and Alfie S. as they recognise and respond to the needs of those around them have been a pleasure to witness, showing a maturity far beyond their years. The generosity of the children in sharing around water and sun cream in the hot weather, testament to the strength of the compassion and friendship that underpins the group as a whole.
Talk is beginning to turn to the topic of what outfits will be worn for tomorrow night’s disco, Michaela assuring us that she has brought three shades of lipstick to cover all eventualities. However before then, all look forward to a well-needed night’s sleep ahead of another fifteen hours of fun tomorrow including the hotly anticipated Dragon-Boating.
Throughout the day the staff have been expressing what a joy it has been for us to spend this time with such a delightful group of young people. The children have truly been a pleasure to be around and are doing tremendous credit to themselves, their families and our school.
We are currently in the grip of disco fever here on the Isle of Wight, with some incredibly stylish year 6’s currently emerging from the cabins in preparation for tonight’s festivities. We have already received personal requests to inform you how cool Tony’s hair style is and how beautiful Isabelle looks (the request coming from Isabelle herself).
The party aside, today has been another truly wonderful day at PGL. Room 10 began the day in a much more positive fashion, upping their room inspection score from that lowly 1, to an 8 out of 10. When interviewed as to how they feel following this dramatic jump in score, the two Alfie’s responded, “Alfie and I were slaving away, whilst Dante and Xavier were just sitting on their beds in their pyjamas.” Indeed, all the rooms were in particularly good condition this morning with Mr McInroy particularly impressed by how well organised the toiletries were in a number of the rooms.
There are a plethora of success stories emerging from the day’s activities, many of which I’m sure you will hear in detail on our return tomorrow. Georgie and Victoria emerged as Aeroball champions, all of group 1 reached the summit of the Jacob’s Ladder, Telmah shed a tear half way up the Catwalk and then with the support of her team mates powered up to the top. Mr McInroy highlighted to all the staff how personally impressed he has been by Michael’s approach to the trip as a whole, always putting others before himself, approaching all activities with courage and determination and showing terrific team work skills.
The time had come.
As the sun beat down on the glistening waters of the Little Canada River, Fisher and Dempsey Class emerged from their boat huts to take part in the most fiercely competed sporting event the Isle of Wight has ever hosted: The Fisher verses Dempsey Dragon Boat race. The two classes, led by Miss Brady and Mr Hoyes took their places on the starting line, an air of tension descending upon the boats. The silence broken, the two boats launched off the start line cries of “in! out!… Dempsey… Fisher… All together!” filling the air. Neck and neck for the first 30 meters, soon arms began to ache and rowing patterns begin to stutter. It was Fisher who broke first, veering towards the right straight towards the Dempsey class craft. Powerful leadership from Miss Brady and Mr McInroy steadied the ship, and on the battle went. As the two long ships charged down the final stretch Dempsey’s rhythm began to fade, and Fisher took the lead. Despite the best efforts of the Dempsey oarsman, Fisher sustained their advantage taking victory by half a length at the finish line. All agreed it was a contest of epic proportions, of which were all proud to take part.
On our final night at PGL there is definitely an atmosphere of celebration in the air. Not just a celebration of all the children have achieved this week, but of all they achieved as a year group over the course of their time at St Joseph’s. We all look forward to our return home to the mainland tomorrow following a wonderful week together.