Well the sleep gods were listening and your children slept brilliantly. In fact, we had to wake them up in the morning, unheard of for me in over 20 years of school journeys.
The day started for two groups in the swimming pool where, sitting on the side of the pool they perfected their paddling skills ready for the lake later in the day. There were six different strokes to master and with great leadership skills shown the groups were able to show that they could paddle in time with each other. This did not quite translate when they took this practice from the side of the pool to sitting in dinghies. Trying to paddle down the pool in straight lines … was not quite as easy as they thought but extremely amusing to watch. We did master the art of going round in circles though!
The other two groups started the day with tunnelling and crate stacking. A few intrepid explorers braved the underground tunnels while others were content to try out the tunnels on the ground and support the others as they made their way through the tunnels. Next the challenge was how high we could they go as they stacked crates higher and higher. The problem was the higher they went, the wobblier they got and the only way to survive was to hang on tight. Eventually though, the crates crumbled and the children were left dangling in the air until safely lowered to the ground.
After lunch we all went off to the lake for canoeing. After a short coach trip we were met at our destination by a herd of very inquisitive cows. They were very interested indeed and took a lot of persuasion to move out of the way. Once at the lake, half the children went on the dragon boat whilst the other half went on the blue inflatable dinghy. All their hard work at the pool paid off and they did manage to get the boats to go in a straight line! At the end the majority of the children decided the best way to finish the activity was to jump into the water, so several soggy children returned to Knapp House for dinner.
Following dinner, it was ringo riding and low ropes, with each group telling the other what the activity was like, having completed them on the previous day. The only slight problem was the weather, the dreaded rain arrived. Not so much of a problem for the ringo riders but the low ropes course became extra challenging. The children coped brilliantly and showed excellent team work. On the ringo rides, all the children managed to stay on but poor Mr Smith ended up in the water.
So now we settle down for our second evening. I have a feeling we will have another good evening as we have some very tired children after such a full on day.