16.39 FRANCE 2019 returns.
14.45 Back in England after getting an earlier train and just joined the M25. Looking like we will be arriving outside the front of the school at 4.45pm. Children will have their passports and EHIC cards and any medication that they had on the trip.
13.40* Well, we seem to be in a train going underneath the channel. See you later after a battle with the M25 .
11.00* We have cleared EU market of their bandannas, hats and bling in general. 2 hours to the Tunnel for lunch and a 2.30* train.
7.00* Up. Packing, stripping beds - looking forward to home. But first the market of EU.
22.51* Asleep now. Good night. See you tomorrow.
22.34* Lights out on a final day of what has been a fabulous week. Year 6 have indeed been a unique year group providing high levels of engagement and commitment and support for each other and, in the process, created for some long lasting memories for themselves and staff alike. Thank you year 6 2019 it’s been a pleasure. And thank you very much to the staff whose energy has helped it run so smoothly.
21.45* Best disco ever! A lot of unique and committed dancing over 1 .5 hours of what turned out to be semi-daylight disco. Well done team Robertswood a fantastic effort.
18.28* We have returned to the chateau after a long day of local visits having just walked back from the local beach. The highlight of the day was purchasing crêpes in the local town of Dieppe (pictured above). We are now currently doing a little bit of packing and a lot of preparation for the daylight disco.
9.35* Cider is made from apples? Quick rendition of YMCA while we are waiting but, yes, cider is made from apples and these grow on trees.
7.18* Day 4 and were up slightly later as it’s local visit‘s day including a visit to the cider farm, Dieppe and a walk to to the beac. But, of course, we’re building towards the daylight disco.
22.30* And we’ve gone to sleep pretty much after lights out. See you tomorrow.
20.40* In the middle of French games as the activity for this evening after having a hearty tea consisting of spaghetti bolognese and another highlight of the week - chocolate eclair. Many extra room points being gained at the different games. And it’s JB who secures the most points with eight over the 3 activities in the evening.
17.20* Heading back to the Château after a great day in the battlefields. Just left Thiepval where we observed an immaculate one minute silence . The children have been a credit to the school and parents can be be proud of their conduct during the day.
13.33* Moving away from Mansell Copse otherwise known as the Devonshire cemetery just outside Albert. Already been through the amazingly interesting museum in Albert and spent some money in the gift shop. Off to Lochnagar mine.
10.10* Just coming into Albert and have to report on an epic game of uno that finally finished after 1 hour 10. FG won and I think SM picked the whole pack up 3 times. Also a great rendition of Bohemian Rhapsody. Speak later.
6.50* Day 3 in the Kingswood chateau. An early start today for the battlefield adventure. Most slept well last night even through the rather amazing thunderstorm that passed through at 3 o’clock this morning.
23.00* All asleep. Good night.
22.20* Lights out.
20.00* An interesting tea consisting of a small pizza for starters, followed by chicken with ‘potato’ balls and green beans followed by a apple turnover and brie. We ate well and have continued to maintain a good average of baguette consumption to supplement different courses that we didn’t particularly like.
16.11* Well what a day. A lot of information taken in by some really engaged children. The highlight, of course, was spending €10 which went on a lot of sweets. Only a couple went over the limit but some friends bailed them out. Children will be rationed on their sweet intake for the rest of the week.
12.21* Really good listening from children as we find out about the Notre Dame cathedral in Rouen. Currently looking for teeth in the ex-graveyard of peasants that died in the plague. Must make sure we wash our hands before we tuck into that soggy baguette.
10.00* Well on our way to Rouen after a hearty breakfast of cereal, croissant and fruit. Lunches have also been made consisting of chicken, ham or pastrami and cheese.
7.15* Welcome to day 2. Team Robertswood is up preparing for the day including room inspections at 7:45 before breakfast at 8 o’clock. Hi visibility jackets are on and day bags packed ready to tread the streets of Rouen later today and hear all about Joan of Arc. Everybody has had a good night’s sleep and we look forward to a lovely day with temperatures heading to 25°.
23.30* Asleep now. Good night.
22.45* Lights out after a long day.
21.36* We’re on our final activity of climbing or fencing at the end of a really good day. We’ve also had a good tea of a cheese pastry, fish, rice and ratatouille, a selection of cheese and yoghurt - all washed down with lashings and lashings of water. Getting a little cold now as the sun goes down but nothing that a light jumper won’t take care of.
16.34* We have arrived safe and sound. Currently getting into our rooms, changing into more suitable clothes for quite a warm afternoon and having some free time before the evening activities start after tea at 8 o’clock French time.
15.08* Leaving aquarium for the Chateau. Should be about two hours. Lots of photos have already been taken - you might need to set aside a couple of hours to view them on our return.
12.36* Into Nausicaa we go. It’s warm on the steps for lunch.
11.22* (*French time) We’re in France. Off to the aquarium for some lunch. No fish were spotted in the tunnel! (wait... no... we didn’t actually go ‘through’ the sea in a train to France)
09.24 Ticket number ’M’. We‘re off to France. Passports at the ready.
7.56 We’ve had a croissant and toilet stop at Clacket lane services. Off to the Channel Tunnel now.
6.17 🇫🇷 2019 departs
3:32 47 children and 4 staff return.
2:15 On the way back now. 47 children, 4 adults. Exhausted but happy.
12: 15 A fierce fight with casualties on both sides. In the end, the vikings stole away with 5 sacks of gold and the Saxons’ king.
8:15 We’re having a breakfast of cereal followed by beans on toast. Lots of high energy food to prepare for the raid of AD 787. Rooms clear 20 mins ahead of schedule too. A fantastic start to the day!
7:00 All up and ready to go.
22:45 Good night. See you in the morning.
21:45 Just waiting on a couple to go off.
21:00 Lights out. We're off to sleep. We're just waiting around to make sure that happens.
20:20 Just getting into bed. The children had a fabulous time at the banquet and are exhausted.
15:45 Just had some Saxon crime and punishment. A few floggings and trips to the stocks with a 'death' at the end. (Not really of course)
14:00 Just had a delicious lunch,. Now off to see our rooms with some very full suitcases. We only thought that we were away for one night.
11:15 We are here. Just having a drink and toilet stop before we set off with our first activity.
9:20 Year 4 depart for Ufton.
11.40 All asleep now. We shall be quicker tomorrow. Good night.
9.45 Lights out after a great day of travelling to the Isle of Wight and settling into Kingswood life with a couple of activities. Children have taken part with energy and enthusiasm. Well done team Robertswood.
7.45 Last activity of day – scrapheap challenge in our three day groups. Tea was a hearty feast and consisted of lasagne or chicken and potato wedges and something from the salad bar. It was finished off with a lovely piece of rocky road. Energy levels increased a lot ready for the evening ahead.
5.15 We‘re into our first activity of bottle rockets and team tech before we have tea at 6.35.
6:30. It’s taken us longer than usual to get to this point as it took us nearly 2 hours to make up beds (pillowcase cover, a bottom sheet and a duvet cover). Still it’s good to work in teams - however it took a long time to realise that lesson.
2.30 We have arrived after a very straightforward journey. Just having a tour of the centre ready to move into dorms.
12.40 Waiting in queue to get onto the 1 o’clock ferry having had lunch overlooking the Isle of Wight on the seafront. The sea looks good for a smooth crossing.
11.08 Just left Winchester services after having a couple of biscuits and something to drink. Very mild down here so looking forward to putting shorts on later and maybe some suncream as well.
9.23 And we’re off. 44 excited children and 4 equally excited adults. See you on Friday.
10.22 All asleep now. Good night.
10.08 Lights out.
9.00 Off back to dorms for a shower (especially for those who haven’t ventured near this room yet). In the main, we do like a shower - some of us are showering in the morning and evening. Much needed after our yomp up Culver Down to the Yarborough monument overlooking Whitecliff Bay. It did help burn off some of the most recent carbs gained at teatime.
5.15 Unfortunately, we have to report that no kindling was satisfactorily set alight for more than two seconds and so Robertswood‘s reputation of not starting a fire remains intact. Still, we have got tea to look forward to in an hour and a nice walk through the woods at dusk.
2.40 We’re into the three afternoon activities with the highlight being bushcraft. Fire will be conquered today. Spirits are high after lunch where children averaged an intake of over 100g of carbohydrates (sausage roll, chicken wraps or hamburger and chips. Looking forward to a salad already.
12.25 Last round of activities before lunch at 1.35pm. The sun has broken through to provide some ‘really hot’ conditions (it’s still cool enough for a coat if you are an adult). Orienteering went particularly well as everybody found their way back to the beginning.
9.10 Breafast eaten. Some good eating - sausages, bacon, hash browns, tomatoes, bread, toast and cereal – carbohydrate heaven. Just back at the dorms brushing our teeth ready for the activities of the morning - orienteering and side-by-side.
7.00 We’re up and getting ready for day 2 in the Kilgerran house. We even had to wake up a room which is unheard at the start of the second day. Everybody’s had a good night‘s sleep and weren’t up too early. Looking at the sea, I am glad we’re not crossing today - it’s a little bit windy. Room inspections in half an hour.
10.44 Asleep now. Night night.
10.10 Lights out.
9.00 Movie night and it’s a classic- Finding Nemo. The last count was seven who have already fallen asleep.
6.00 Just returned from the beach which we managed to arrange instead of the cancelled 3G swing. The children had a great time in the rock pools, building sandcastles and using pebbles to write ‘Robertswood’ on the beach. It’s probably visible from space and went some way to alleviating the disappointment of not going on the swing.
12.23 Just starting our third activity before lunch. All groups have rotated through zip wire this morning so spirits are high despite the windy and rainy conditions. However, bad news is on the horizon (and the children don’t know this yet) but because of the high winds, the 3G swing has been cancelled this afternoon and hopefully will be rearranged for the end of the week. 👎
9.11 Back at the dorms after breakfast – full English and cereal or fruit. Currently brushing our teeth ready to join everybody at the heart of the centre for the day ahead. Weather is still windy with occasional showers as we have a low pressure moving through today.
7.00 And away we go for day 3. Another good round of sleeping. We are doing better than other schools who haven’t slept much yet this week so well done Robertswood. The highlight of today is the 3G swing after lunch .
10.30 All asleep, ready for a windy night.
9.57 Lights out.
9.26 Robertswood acquitted themselves fantastically well on the dancefloor leading way in the many ’dance offs’ that were had. We are beginning to pack, ready for the journey home tomorrow and reflecting on the week. Many scores of 10 out of 10 for the week. The children have been fabulous - a credit to school and parents. Thank you for a great week.
7.45 A few more sausages eaten, abseiling completed and now we’re off to the disco.
2.45 Each of our three groups (line 14, 15 and 16) are rotating through abseiling in a self challenge activity this afternoon which means that children can go to the top of the tower and walk back down or come down the wall. I’m pleased to report that everybody is fulfilling their personal targets for this activity.
10.15 Half way through the first activity (problem solving, team games and aeroball) after another full English breakfast which saw the apparence of eggs - hard boiled. 👍
7.00 Lights on. All rooms are having to be woken up. Less wind, more cloud but still mild. Welcome to day 4. Abseiling and the disco are today‘s highlights.
ARRIVAL AT SCHOOL 7.23.
6.50 Just coming off the M3 onto the M25.
6.15 On the way from Winchester services- hour and a half. So, 7.45.
4.40 Just off the ferry. See you about 7.35 as we need to stop and give the children a sandwich and a bag of crisps at Winchester services. Will text when we’re about an hour away.
1.10 Last lunch completed - fish and chips. Loading up the coach for a 1.50 departure.
10.00 Well into our first activity after a long time packing and clearing out rooms. Weather has improved - slightly less wind (which means the ferries are running this afternoon) and the lovely appearance of sunshine.
7.03 We’re up. Packing, searching for socks and stripping beds with 44 weary children. It‘s going to be a long day.