Teamwork and Character-Building Define Year 4 Isle of Wight Trip
With suitcases stowed and excited children on board, the 2015 Isle of Wight residential trip began at 10.00am on Monday 11 May with the coach departing from Bede's Prep.
After a drive to Portsmouth and a glimpse of HMS Victory we arrived at the ferry port.
The ferry crossing was smooth and brief, providing just enough time to eat lunch. Once on the island we then had a short journey to the Kingswood Centre at Whitecliff Bay - and what a place it is!
The Kingswood staff were there to greet and give a tour of the site. Next, the first challenge: to get duvet covers onto duvets!
Some of the children had clearly been practising, others not!
After this we had our first activities and gathered round the campfire to sing songs, tell jokes and toast marshmallows. It was the perfect end to our first day away!
After a good night's sleep, it was time to get ready for the busy day of learning new skills.
Over the coming days we were blessed with glorious sunshine and dry weather, enabling us to enjoy abseiling, the zip wire, team problem solving challenges and much more.
On Thursday morning however, we awoke to grey skies and strong winds. These were joined, after breakfast, by heavy rain - the perfect conditions for our Beach Adventure!
Along with two enthusiastic instructors, we walked to Whitecliff Bay but, as it was high tide, the waves were huge and it was lashing down with rain, we decided not to make the final descent to the bay, instead opting for some gift shopping!
Later on we had some interesting activities in the rain, such as volleyball - a sport that you would normally associate with sunny beaches, not waterlogged sand!
On Friday there was just time to fire some arrows in Archery and hone our circus skills before waving a fond farewell to our group leader, Lewis, and the rest of the Kingswood team.
As we journeyed home we reflected on the amazing teamwork that Year 4 had exhibited throughout the week and the importance of communication, both talking and, especially, listening to each other.
All in all it was a fantastic trip.
Well done Year 4!