Isle of Wight 2018

IoW 2018 web (pptx)



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.



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.

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