We've had yet another busy day at Waterpark today. Again, we have been pushing ourselves to new heights (literally in some cases!) and are showing just how perseverant we can be!
The day started with sandwich making before having a hearty breakfast of bacon sandwiches. Some of us chose to have cereal or toast instead to set us up for the day. Afterwards, we all got into groups for our daily briefing.
Swirl How (Mrs Murray and Mr Whetnall's group) had a very exciting, and incredibly wet, day! We travelled by minibus to Church Beck Ghyll in our waterproofs and buoyancy aids. There was lots of scrambling and climbing over slippy rocks and crags but we kept our composure (despite being soaked to the skin!) and travelled upwards along the water. Along the way, we had to crawl under fallen tree branches, climb up fast-flowing waterfalls and scale tall rock faces. Every single one of us gave one hundred percent effort and we all overcame each challenge. It was lovely to see so many helpful children showing kindness and support for their classmates. When we came to the end of the ghyll, we reached a rock face which led to a pool of water so deep that we couldn't touch the bottom! We took turns to jump into the water and swam back to our friends. When we returned to Waterpark, we sat down to have our lunch. We were given a choice of a wet afternoon kayaking or climbing the high ropes. Kayaking won by a landslide! We had to help our instructor to get the kayaks to the shore and climbed inside ready to go. We practiced paddling along, making rafts by joining up with other boats and even had a go at trying to stand up on our kayak. Afterwards, we were given free time on the kayaks and the girls managed to fit four of them on a kayak and paddle along. The boys obviously tried to one-up this and managed to squash five of them onto their kayak, however they were doomed from the start and soon capsized into the chilly lake! Some of us made a double decker kayak and tried to paddle along on this but it was very tricky. Finally, we took turns to jump off the jetty and plunge into the water. A favourite, as always!
Coniston (Mr Smith's group) had a very busy and tiring day as it was journey day! It all started with a three mile walk, taking in some of the fantastic scenery that the Lake District has to offer. Along the way we reached a slate quarry and had to tread carefully. We then found ourselves in somewhere very dark, very damp and much larger than we expected. A cave! A forty foot high cave. This cave is nicknamed 'Cathedral Cave' and apparently lots of famous movies have been filmed there. We were given candles and walked around inside with only the slight candle light to guide our way. We then blew our candles out and used fantastic teamwork skills to feel our way along to the back. You won't believe how amazing and brave we were. Afterwards, one of us had a lovely surprise. We all sang happy birthday to Harvey with our candles relit. After leaving the cave, we went on another walk up to a nearby ghyll and had a splash and a dive in the icy cold water. We all enjoyed this.
Wetherlam (Miss Dixon's group) have been doing a bit of everything today. It all started, of course, by getting wet. One of our favourite things to do at Waterpark! We walked down to the boat house and heard that we would be going kayaking. We worked hard together to get our kayaks set up on the water. We then learned the basic skills and got used to travelling around on the lake. We played games, such as racing, floating and rafting skills. After we had mastered these skills we got to play pirates! We became buccaneers and had to rescue lots of floating treasure from the water as quickly as we could. Apparently, Miss Dixon was very close to becoming the winner! When we had finished kayaking, we got to jump of a rather large jetty. We leapt into the water, pulling a number of fantastic poses as we plunged into the lake. The whole morning was finished off with a wild swim on Lake Coniston. Great fun! In the afternoon, we managed to shed our wet clothes and tried something a little drier. We spent the other half of the day climbing. We began by climbing the platform pole. Basically, we had to scale a tree trunk with a square platform placed on the top and try to pull ourselves up. It isn't as easy as it may sound! We even managed to get three of us stood on the top at one time, although this was very wobbly. Our last climbing activity of the day was the leap of faith. We scaled a tree carefully and then had to jump! There was a giant ball swinging between the trees and the aim was to reach it when jumping. Tricky! We showed real perseverance and team spirit to achieve our goals!
This evening started, rather sadly, with us having to pack ready to see you all tomorrow afternoon. We have kept the changing rooms and our bedrooms spotless. Our teachers have been surprised and very impressed! Tea today was sausage, chips and beans; followed by jelly and ice cream. It is safe to say that we really enjoyed this!
Our last activity of the day was our talent show and I really couldn't believe just how gifted our children are. The wonderful Joshua, Kai and Lawrence took the role of compares on and kept us entertained whilst introducing the acts. Ant, Dec and Stephen Mulhearn eat your heart out! Oliver impressed us with his magic tricks. Gracie and Roisin managed to make music and sing at the same time with their cup songs. Daniel then relaxed us with his self-taught piano skills. Chloe then performed a brilliant gymnastic dance. Lewis showed us his brilliant flute skills with a wonderful medley. Joseph was able to impress us with a piano master class. Thomas followed suit with a piano ensemble of his own. Lottie, Anabel and Chloe sang a beautiful rendition of 'Friends'. Henry then took a turn to tinkle the ivories, showing us his own self-taught skills on the piano. The whole talent show ended with Mr Smith and the Midgettes (Bethany, Lydia and Gracie) performing a rendition of Ghostbusters aptly titled 'Midge Busters', complete with a hoover. You will understand the importance of this song when the children arrive home. We were so impressed with everyone and they all did themselves proud. Well done everyone!
Tomorrow is our last day and we will be sad to leave but excited to see everyone at home. We have some morning activities planned tomorrow and we will be sure to let you know how we get on.
Tonight's blog has been written by Mr Whetnall as the other children have been so busy with the talent show and are now settled into bed. We hope you've enjoyed our daily updates!