After another night or Mr Ellis snoring and breaking our record for the most number of children in the Bivvy Whack (BEAT THAT MR FRYER) we were up early to make the most of our final day.
Everyone was sad at breakfast as it sunk in that this would be our final day, the sausage and beans cheered us up though.
After breakfast we had had one last tidy up of our dorms before bringing all our bags to the class room. Next we did some Orienteering around the grounds. We were given a picture which we had to find the location which had a question attached to it. We had to come back to the classroom and tell the teachers the answer, the better our answer the more points we got. Also if we could say the number in German we got a bonus point. Sadly Phoebe was unaware that Pheee beeessss tinks was not the number 13 it was in fact us winding her up. The Refreshers team won consisting of Ruby, Teegan, Deacon and Lizzy.
Our last game was to play sardines, the teachers ran off and had 30 seconds to hide and their group had to find them. When they did they hid with them. Miss Holmes was first to followed by Mr Longley and Miss Chester. Unfortunately we still haven't found Mr Ellis but we are hoping to find him before we leave, as we like him.
We are just about to have dinner and then we will be coming back to school. See you all soon!
By Tommi and Phoebe
After a fairly sleepless night in the Bivvy thanks to Mr Ellis and his super loud snoring some of us were pretty tired this morning but we had a delicious breakfast to wake us up. Again we had cereal followed by bacon and scrambled eggs. Once we had finished we went to see our instructor who briefed us on they days activities.
Group 1: In the morning we went on the low and mid ropers courses. First we went to the chapel and Rusty showed us how to put on our kit. Next we walked down to the mid ropes course in the forest and Rusty showed us how to connect our carabiners and what to do if we fall off. After that we all had a go on the course some courses were bigger than others but everyone had a go even if it was just on the small ones. People were falling off on purpose and even doing somersalts. When we came back for dinner Rusty told us all the story of when he climbed Everest, it was really interesting.
In the afternoon we went gorge walking, first we went to the store to get our gear and then travelled on the mini bus to the gorge. When we were there we walking up a big hill to get to the waterfall. We climbed through the water and it was really slippy on the rocks. When we got up to the top we were playing in a pool that was actually quite deep, we had two challenges. Our first was to climb on the rocks and fall backwards seeing who could keep their legs the straightest. The second was to belly flop and glide in the water, seeing who could get the furthest. After we finished our challenges we had a go at standing underneath the waterfall. After that we climbed up between two large boulders known as 'the Elephants bum'. We messed around in the water for a bit up the top and then slid back down the Elephants bum. After another short walk we came to some slides which was quite slow to start but then picked up speed later on. It was then time to get back on the mini bus and come back to the centre.
Group 2: Today we spent the whole day in the Mines. It was very dark and wet but it was really cool! We navigated our way through lots of tunnels before having dinner. After dinner we climbed us a big rock face using ropes and a harness, it was really slippy but we all managed to get to the top. The walls had lots of droplets of water, when you shone your torch it made them sparkle. We placed our bags in the corner and slid down a rock face it was good fun but quite scary, however we were attached to a rope so were not in danger. A few minutes later we made our way out and had to walk down a hill to get back to the mini bus, some of us kept slipping.
Group 3:Like group 2 we also spent the day in the mines but our was in a different location. To get there we had to drive and then climb up a big hill and walk through a forest. We entered the mines via a gate and walked about 750m to our first challenge. We hopped into a dinghy and paddled across a small lake which was super deep! After another short walk we had our next obstacle which was to traverse around another lake, we used ropes to stop us slipping in as it was also really deep. Next we had our packed lunches and moved on to our next and most challenging obstacle. We had to climb up a very still rock face using our ropes and it was very slippy. At the top Chris hooked us on to a carabiner and we had to absail to the bottom of a giant chamber. We had a short break with some hot chocolate and chocolate fingers before heading towards the exit. We had to walk up a big waterfall but as their was no moss under ground it wasn't slippy at all. We finally saw daylight and came out behind the forest, we carefully walked back down to the minibus and travelled back to Nant BH.
Group 4:In the morning we did a gorge walk, we walked up a really steep hill to get to the gorge. we followed Amlyn once we got to the gorge and he helped us climb the difficult parts. Their was a part which had two huge boulders known as the elephants bum! We had to climb through in a single file as it was really narrow, it was fun but quite a tight squeeze! We went up some more rocks and arrived at the water slides. Amlyn showed us how to go down the slide safely and we all had a good it was fun but quite scary! Their was a really hard part where we had to climb a waterfall but Jamie was on hand to help us out. At the top we had a great time jumping into a pond area, it was freezing cold but everyone jumped in. We used another small waterfall to have a 'shower'. Finally we walked back down to the mini bus.
In the afternoon we did the mid ropes course. Amlyn showed us how to put on our harness and helmets on and we walked up to the mid ropes course. When we got there Amlyn shoed us how to use carabiner. We were in partners and we all had a go on the course whilst our partner helped to navigate us. We started on the small ones before moving on to the more difficult and high ones. Ella had a few wobbles but no tears were shed, some found it really easy but others found it quite hard.
For tea we had Roast dinner and much to the 'delight' of Mr Longley we had angel delight for dessert. He ended up having 6 bowls as he got all the children who didn't like it to give him their, he has somehow not been sick yet.
In the night we had a rotation of activities. One group went to the tuck shop where you could buy things like slap bands, teddies, tshirts and other sovenriers. Another group tided their dorms and packed for tomorrow whilst another group wrote post cards home. The final activity was to play in the games room where we played table tennis, pool and table football.
Finally the people who are sleeping inside watched a DVD whilst the bivvi whackers made history by smashing our record of number of children to sleep in the bivvy with a superb 25 of us sleeping outside tonight. BEAT THAT MR FRYER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
By Damion, Corey, Ella, Wiktoria and Isabelle.
As the weather was a tad windy the Bivvy whackas ended up having a sleep over in the classroom, luckily there was no snoring! At around 7:30am (yes they can get up early) we started to get dressed, brushed our teeth and headed down for breakfast. Like yesterday we had a variety of cereals to choose from, Oliver and Jayden were on a mission to see how many Cheerios they could fit in a bowl. After that we had sausage, beans and smiley potato faces. It was also nice to read some of the comments that parents had made on the blog.
Next we went to the classroom where the instructors told us to put on our fleeces, wellies and waterproofs as we were all going Canoeing. We also went to the water sports building to get buoyancy aids, cagoules and a helmet. Finally we were off most of us travelled in the mini bus but their was not enough room so Keira and Karina went with Mr Longley and Pilar, they both ended up falling asleep most of the way!
After a scenic tour of Bangor we arrived on the banks of the Menai Straits near the Menai bridge. Miss Holmes put us into groups of 6 and we all were given a paddle and carefully climbed in to the Canoes. We travelled under two bridges, a large statue of Nelson and Treborth where the Bangor Cross Country takes places. The water was quite bumpy but luckily the current was with us so made paddling really easy, it was also nice and sunny. We were lucky enough to see two fighter jets training and Jayden identified them as Hawks. After another short paddle we arrived at our destination.
It was now dinner time but Sheryl made us work for our sandwiches! Rather than just pass them us she launched them like a baseball throw, luckily a lot of us were good at catching but others e.g. Tommi and Karina got hit in the face (don't worry they found it funny). We also had some fruit, cake, a drink and some crisps. Then we got back in the Canoes and headed back the way we came.
The current was now our enemy which was determined to send us all the way down to sunny Rhyl! However we battled hard back up the straits before stopping for a break. Sadly this was a ploy from some prankster (we think it was either Miss Holmes or Mrs Chester) to ambush the other boats and start a full blown seaweed fight! Some people then thought they would look much better with a seaweed beard (see pics below). We managed to paddle into the middle where the current dragged us along and we had a bit of a surprise visitor popping their head out of the water, it turned out to be a sealion! We carried on our journey battling the current before stopping for a break. A lot of us had a great time playing in the water but as Mr Fryer and Mr Liptrot were not there the water fight managed to stay very friendly and no boats were sank like two years ago. Finally we had one last huge effort and made it back to where the Mini buses were, we worked well as a team to load up the Canoes back onto the trailers and headed back to the centre.
After a quick wash and shower we headed down to the dining room and had a spicy curry with rice and Naan bread. For pudding we had a yummy chocolate cake and custard with rainbow sprinkles.
For our night activity we played a modified game of hide and seek. The teachers all went to hide and we had to find them and they would sign our cards, who ever got the most cards signed won. Mr Liptrot and Mr Ellis were very kind and hid in places where we could find them to make the game more fun. Unfortunately the ladies Mrs Chester, Miss Holmes, Miss Coombes and Miss Owen took the game far too seriously and hid where no one could find them! After a slight telling of from Sheryl we had another game and managed to find them.
Finally the Bivvy whackas went up to the Bivvy whilst the rest of us watched a DVD in the classroom. We are all very tired so have gone to bed early and are looking forward to tomorrows activities.
By Ruby, Bella and Karina.
After getting a good night sleep in the bivvy whack or the dorms we awoke early and had breakfast. we had a range of cereals before our big breakfast of scrambled egg, bacon and hash browns. Next we went to meet our instructors who briefed us on our days activities.
Group 1: We spent the majority of our day in the mines. We had to wear our water proofs, a fleece, wellies, a harness, a helmet and head torch. The mines were pitch black and cold, it had lots of water but we didn't get too wet. We went up a slate bridge using our ropes, we had to pull ourselves up using two ropes. Having dinner in the cave was really cool and we even had hot chocolate which kept us warm. Phoebe had holes in her wellies and had to keep emptying them! We saw lots of carts, wires and tools they used before climbing up a water fall before being lowered down the other side by Chris. We all stuck together as a team helping each other out. Tegan showed extremely good bravery going up the waterfall and making it to the top.
Group 2: Our first activity was a Gorge walk, we had to go to the water sports building where were given a wetsuit, helmet, cagoule and a buoyancy aid. After a short mini bus journey we arrived at lake Geirrionydd. The gorge was very slippy, we walked across it many times with the help of Jamie and Rusty. Many of us were brave and went down 'a slide' Jayden even did a roly poly down the slide! We also walked through a mine which was really dark.
In the afternoon we went on the mid ropes course. We went to the chapel and out on a harness and helmet before waking up to the mid ropes course. Richie was very impressive and helpful being kind to others, he also went on the really far course! Leo was determined to complete the course despite falling off a few times. Pema began on the smaller ropes course but gradually moved onto the more difficult courses.
Group 3. Our first first activity was the mid ropes course. We travelled to the chapel where were given harness and helmet which we had to adjust to fit our head. Some of us carried bags with equipment in which were very heavy. After that we learned how to hook our selves to the tree using a carbiner. Everyone had a go some did the higher more difficult courses. Lewis had us in stitches doing the 'moonwalk' across one course and Ruby even managed to hang upside down!
In the afternoon we went gorge walking. Like group 2 we had to get our equipment and drove to lake Gerrionydd. On the way to the gorge Kieren did a 'vicar of dibley' style fall into a puddle! During our gorge walk we went down two slides, through a cave and helped each other out. Kieren was extremely helpful with his friends always offering to lend a hand. Bobby G 'the brave' buried his nerves to take part in all the activities. Finally we went for a dip in the lake, it was really cold but we didn't care. We were floating backwards and forwards before Jamie started a big water fight!!!!!
Group 4: Like group 1 we also spent the day in the mines. We started off by going through a big gate and walked 600m to get to a mine cart through water. Then we walked a few more metres and got on a boat, we were given paddles to help get across the 'pond. Once we finished we got out of the boat one by one. the instructors then gave us a map and we tried to navigate to a certain location in the mine. Finally we reached a place which had wooden planks about our head, we had to crawl under some metal to get to the other side where their was a big drop, we used cow tails and ropes to help us get across.
in the night we played the famous 'Presidents Men' game! Mr Longley and Mr Ellis led the assassins to victory despite Mr Roberts cheating and Miss Holmes turning on the assassins by telling the other team their code. With Ossian, Tommi B and the spies Keira and Isabelle they easily dispatched the guards and although they did not 'kill' the president they stopped her signing the treaty in time!
Our final activity of the night was to reflect on the last two days and praise those who had been brave, helped others, improved their confidence and listened carefully, We are now watching the classic film 'The Goonies' and will soon be going to bed.
By Bobby G, Kieren D, Chloe D, Phoebe, Jayden, Bobby D and Ossian.
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After a short coach journey we arrived at Nant BH around 11am. We unloaded the bags and went into the dinner hall to meet the staff, some of whom we remembered from last year. Chris was very impressed that Wiktoria had her Nant BH t shirt and we met his wife Pila, Arwel and Rusty who we met last year and Jamie who is a student.
First we had lunch, the jacket potato was so fluffy and yummy. We even had some cheese to put on the top! Pudding was a delicious yoghurt. Once we had tided up and wiped the tables we headed over to the Chapel to collect our water proof tops, trousers, fleece and walking boots.
Next we split into our groups and went for a walk. Each group did a different walk which took in some fantastic scenery with view of Snowdon at times and the incredible lake Geirionydd. The walk was roughly 2 mile across a range of terrains. Some group even had a skimming competition next to the lake.
When we got back to the centre we had tea which was spaghetti bolognese with garlic bread. For pudding we had a lovely fruit crumble before being going back to our rooms before our first dorm inspection. The teachers marched around the halls with the Darth Vader theme before inspecting our dorms. Some violations were beds not being made properly, clothes on he floor and sweet wrappers!
At night we did a cool activity where we were given a picture card with a clue on it. We had to find the location around the site and solve the problem before moving on to the next card. The cards were colours depending on where about in the grounds they were. Green was the hardest as it involved going around he whole ground. Team 'fear the dear' won which was Mr Longley, Keiron D, Bobby C and Lewis D.
Finally we settled down in the classroom to watch a film, we chose Moana but luckily Mr Roberts didn't start signing along! The bivvi whackas then went to the bivvi whilst the rest of us went to bed.
On Friday year 5/6 had a visit from Wes Magee who is a famous author who writes poetry, fiction and scripts for children and adults. He gave a presentation to us all about the poems he wrote.He read lots of his poems to us and showed us actions and what types of expression we should use whilst reading them. He was funny and kind.During the end of the session we asked questions about what it's like to be an author.
Afterwards some children went to a more able and talented workshop with Wes Magee where they wrote a poem together. We thought about what the subject should be and finally decided that the poem would be about space our title was Far, far, far, far, out in the universe.... We illustrated our poems and then Wes Magee gave out signed copies of one of his books called ' So you want to be a wizard? '
We had a wonderful time and hope to have a similar event in the future.
By Ruby W
On Wednesday 14th June we went to a Swimming Gala in Connah's Quay to compete against other schools in our consortium. 24 pupils took part mainly from year 5 & 6 but also Charlie and Kieran from year 4.
Everyone did really well and supported each other. We had lots of good races with many people finishing second place but Bryonie stole the show winning the year 5 & 6 backstroke race. Perseverance award went to Zach who was struggling after swallowing water and getting water in his face, just when he looked like he was going to stop he battled on to the finish.
Sadly it was our year 6’s last ever gala for the school and Elise and Hannah made history representing the school for the third year running!
The team did really well finishing 3rd overall in the large schools event, however it was our behaviour again which really impressed the teachers with Mr Longley moving the whole team up to outstanding day at the end!
We would like to say a big thank you to Mr Longley for organising the event, Mr Roberts, Mrs Rutter and Mrs Pierce for looking after us pool side. The parents for all their support and giving us lifts. Finally Mrs Roberts for not having the baby whilst we were there.
By Hannah and Elise
On the 19th of May we went to the Athletics tournament in Deeside Indoor Athletics hall which had lots of events. 22 children from our school entered, the events were triple jump, long jump, soft javelin, speed bounce, vertical jump and seated throw. After that we went and done some sprint races which consisted of different relays of laps of the track. Some did the two laps others did the the six laps and then we did a four laps.
Finally we had to go and sit down to hear the results and overall we came 3rd out of the big schools we just want to thank the all the parent and the teachers for sporting all the children.
The teachers were very impressed with the children's behaviour not one child got told off during the event and Mr Longley says it was the best behaved group he had ever had at a tournament.
By Tony and Alisha
On Thursday the 30th of March, Ewloe green, Northrop hall , Hawarden village and Sandycroft took part in a Shakespeare sonnet activity about the play 'Romeo and Juliet since it was shakspeare week.
The sonnets included:
-10 syllables per line
-There is also a strict rhyming pattern
We discussed how 'Romeo and Juliet' is a love and a tragic play and also read out the up-to-date version of 'Romeo and Juliet' and re-acted certain parts of the play using our new class mates from Northop hall, Hawrden village, Ewloe green and of course sandycroft.
On March the 2nd we had world book day and saw lots of great costumes from characters out of books. We saw lots of the mad hatters, Harry Potters, Batmans, the twits, Charley and the chocolate factory and Alice in wonderland. Today we also wrote our own version of Little Red Ridding Hood. It has been a very fun world book day today and here are some children dressed up.
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