As the sun sets on our third day here in Little Canada all are in cheerful spirits following another first-rate day of adventure.
Our day got off to a marvellous start with our 7:40 room inspections with the level of organisation across the board much improved in comparison to the day before and some notable highlights in Scott’s shelf organisation, Noel’s and Emmanuel Om’s military style welcome party and Ya-Adama’s colour coordinated coat rack. Breakfast, bacon, tomatoes and hash browns were enjoyed by all and then it was on to the day’s challenges.
Today has been a story of success. Sarah almost single-handedly raised The Giant Swing time and time again – not to mention taking 3 wickets in one over during our lunch time cricket match. Fraser conquered his fear of heights completing the big three of The Giant Swing, abseiling and the zip wire. Our resident dare devils – Tyrese, Nancy, Jessica and Jessie – continue to excel across all activities, and more importantly to use their confidence to placate the fears of others. Phillip defeated Mr Hoyes 5-3 in a hard-fought game of Aeroball – much to his delight. Mark, Emmanuel Essel and even Mrs Byrne have learnt the correct way to kick a rugby ball and games of football have been enjoyed by all whenever the opportunity has presented itself.
As we move past the half-way point of our week together it is a pleasure to truly see the children growing together as both a group and as individuals. Denney handed in the fifty-pound note he found on the field without question, keen that it should be returned to its original owner. Salina has been a consistent source of kind words to those in her group during activities and beyond. Melvyn has made an effort to ensure that he shares his snacks with all his room-mates in the evenings and Cecilia’s up-beat positive attitude towards whatever challenge she is confronted with has raised the spirits of all around her.
As a staff we are very impressed by the work ethic, conduct and attitude of the children who are acting in a manner that is a real credit to all back home. There are a few sleepy faces around our group this evening in need of a well-earned rest tonight ahead of another busy day of activities tomorrow – and of course the disco.
Our thoughts and prayers are with all back in Bermondsey.