Day 2: Pool Noodles and Archery

Mr Mackenzie’s Blog.

What an incredible first 24 hours at Carroty Wood! It’s safe to say that after a day full of heights, Pringle challenges and laughter, our Year 5 children have officially been initiated into this year’s residential. Apologies for the late blog, but we have just been too busy having fun!

Following a tea of chicken curry last night, our children headed with excitement for their first of four swims. I don’t think they actually believed me when I told them that we swim from 8pm to 9pm as this is past some of the teachers’ bedtimes, let alone the children! I can now report that Mr Burrett and I only narrowly survived the attack of the pool noodle. Something seems to come over the children in the Carroty Wood water, and our usually delightful children discover their wild side! Upon our return to the house, hot chocolates were enjoyed by all before it was time for bed. I am pleased to report that all the children were asleep quickly (hence the real reason for an 8pm swim!).

A loud sing-song (enjoyed by nearly all the children) helped rouse our sleeping beauties from their slumber and then it was time for breakfast. The children have taken on the challenge of defeating the record for the most toast and Frosties consumed in one sitting!

Today’s activities have seen the children abseiling, climbing, building and testing bushcraft shelters (not advised for those wanting to remain dry!) and pretending to be the next Robin Hood on the archery range. We cannot begin to explain just how incredible these children are. Without exception, they take on the challenges and push themselves out of their comfort zones. The achievements and smiles are too many to put into words, hopefully the photos do the talking!

Fingers’ crossed for another good night’s sleep before the fun begins again in the morning!