On a sunny day in mid-May a group of twelve children boarded the school minibus for their first school residential...
On a sunny day in mid-May a group of twelve children boarded the school minibus for their first school residential. For many of the children it was also their first overnight stay away from home. It was a mixture of excitement and nerves as they loaded their sleeping bags and luggage before waving goodbye for a week away at Fairthorne Manor.
Singing and spotting animals in the fields ensured that the journey passed quickly. It was in no time that they arrive at Fairthorne to be met by their link staff Henry. Henry showed the group to the accommodation which is called Ben’s House. A bunk house with bedrooms for four and a lovely outside garden to play in. After being told who their roommates would be the children collected up their bags and unpacked and made up their beds for the week.
The first afternoon included a site tour of the activities, parks and dining hall. Followed by lunch and an afternoon of team building activities such as blindfold trail and the obstacle course.
Each day included two activities in the morning, two activities after lunch and an evening activity before dinner. There wasn’t one day that the children didn’t thoroughly enjoy. The activities included kayaking, archery, climbing, abseiling, raft building, crate stacking, water slide and zip wire. During the evening activities the children sang songs around the camp fire before toasting marshmallows. They dress up for the disco and laughed nonstop on the bouncy pillow.
It was an action packed week, the children enjoyed the freedom of the great outdoors and went home tired but very happy with memories that will last a lifetime.