Sunshine, Dragon Boating and hitting the high ropes, what a wonderful day it has been here on the Isle of Wight.
Following a restful night’s sleep all were raring to go for another day of action packed activities. Our day began with thorough room inspections, and whilst the cleanliness of the children’s room was at an excellent standard our inspectors were on hand to offer some helpful advice on toothpaste and towel organisation; smoothing the surface of a duvet and the appropriate angle of a suitcase during storage. A cooked breakfast was enjoyed by all, and then it was on to activities.
Today has seen all four groups engaging in a host of adrenaline fuelled challenges including the trapeze, abseiling, Jacob’s ladder and of course The Giant Swing. A true spirit of determination has developed within the group as a whole and it has been a joy to see this translating into the activity groups as group 4 united behind Mark to help him sail down the abseiling wall; Eilis overcame her fear to literally ‘Catwalk’ across The Catwalk and Dylan and Meghan sang their way down The Giant Swing.
Nothing however could compare the most hotly anticipated event of the Year 6 sporting calendar – The Fisher V Dempsey dragon boat race. The waters were silent and still as both boats waited on the start line. At the call of the starter both crews exploded into life, a fusion of focus, ferocity and physical determination. It was Dempsey who struck into an early lead gaining the edge through their disciplined stroke pattern. As the race wore on however it was Fisher who looked the stronger, reeling in the Dempsey vessel stroke by stroke. With the pressure mounting and the sun beating down the Dempsey rhythm began to stray from the beat and it was Fisher who held their nerve to win the race by just shy of half a length. Back on shore congratulations were of course exchanged between the two crews, a lovely example of the spirit of togetherness pervading the year group.
It has been a pleasure on a personal level from the point of view of the St Joseph’s staff to see how well the children are pulling together during this experience. New friendships are forming, new talents emerging and there is a real culture of compassion and generosity growing within the group. We all now again look forward to a restful night ahead of another wonderful day together tomorrow.
Our thoughts and prayers are with all back at home and back at school,