We’re soon to leave Westbrook, but have had a busy morning. After the children had packed, some more swiftly than others, we walked down to the beach. The children enjoyed finding crabs, building sandcastles, climbing on the rocks and skimming stones. Some seemed to be daring the incoming tide not to wet their shoes! Once we got back to Westbrook, each team (the children have been in teams all week) had to construct a shelter for a cuddly toy, out of material scavenged in the woods. After their successful shelter building, it was time for lunch on the veranda. All that’s now left is the journey home.
See you in a few hours!
It has been a beautifully sunny day on the Isle of Wight. This morning, our day started with another full English breakfast. Do be aware that your children are now used to two courses for breakfast, please forgive us if they are demanding on Saturday morning! We drove from one side of the island to the other, to the western tip, site of the famous Needle rocks. We walked down to the beach, where we had a forty minute boat ride round the bay. They may have played sea-faring folk in their Year 6 play, but the swell in the Solent left several children clutching sick bags. Thankfully, no-one was sick, and we arrived back on land to have an early lunch on the beach – our third in three days.
After lunch, we walked back up to the Needles Park at Alum Bay, and the children chose who they wanted to go round with. They were allowed to go anywhere in the park, although they needed an adult to take them to the sweet shop. This was a journey we made several times, and saw the care with which children filled their £2.99 tubs of sweets. Many took the opportunity to buy presents, please forgive us if you are given some fish and chip flavoured rock! Before we left, we visited the glassworks, where we saw a vase being blown. Then it was back on the coach.
When we arrived at Westbrook, each class had a swim in turn, and an opportunity to play football or go on the low ropes. Then we had a supper of burgers, sausages and chicken, followed by an ice lolly, outside in the evening sun. After supper, we played the game in the woods again – which the children had been persistent in requesting all day.
Tomorrow, the day starts with the children demonstrating their packing skills before breakfast. After we have eaten, we will have a final room inspection before walking down to the beach. We will come back, have lunch and then start our journey back to New Malden. We have had a wonderful week, and have been encouraged by the many times members of the public have stopped us to praise the children’s behaviour.
They, and we, look forward to seeing you tomorrow!
After a good night’s sleep, the children enjoyed pancakes for breakfast, before heading off to Godshill Model Village. The children enjoyed towering over the models of 1930s Shanklin and one boy said he would bring his parents here, even though they didn’t yet know they were coming on holiday to the Island! After our coach driver took a ‘scenic tour’ we arrived at Shanklin and walked down for a second day’s running picnic on the beach.
After lunch, with some children experimenting, and sometimes misjudging, how close they could get to the sea without getting their shoes wet, we walked to Wight Water. The children changed into wet-suits with impressive speed, and were soon in the surf. Those of us watching, enjoyed seeing the enjoyment on the children’s faces as they leapt over the breaking waves.
When we arrived back at Westbrook, there was a short room inspection. the judges were greeted with spotless rooms, well made beds and several songs and dances to welcome them. You may not realise how tidy your children can get their rooms! After roast beef for supper, we headed into the woods for a game. It revolved around two teams attempting to get water from the teapot of tranquility – you will have to get the children to explain it to you, they would have happily played all night!
Tomorrow, we head to Alum Bay and a boat trip round the Needles. It is also the opportunity for the children to spend their money, so will, undoubtedly, be one of their highlights!
Do enjoy the photos in the attached (As you may have noticed, we were not at Queen Victoria’s cottage today!) The photos of tonight’s activity were taken when it was quite dark, so the children had to stand still, or they would blur!
We were surprised this morning at having to wake up most of the boys at 7:30! They roused their sleepy heads sufficiently to enjoy the full English breakfast provided. After breakfast, we had a short journey to Osborne House, Queen Victoria’s palace by the sea (which she quaintly called her ‘cottage’). There, we had a tour of the house, where the children were taught how to lay a table using rulers and set squares and marveled at the bed in which Queen Victoria died. We had our lunch on the beach and the started walking back up the hill. Before leaving, we visited the adventure playground, which was probably the highlight of Osborne House for many of the children! Rain had been forecast for the whole morning, but, wonderfully, it didn’t start until we were just about to get on the coach!
Once we got back to Westbrook, we had a room inspection – specks of dust were found! – and then the classes alternated swimming and time in the brand new games room. This evening, after supper, we went in to the marquee and played some games, after which it was hot chocolate, story and bed.
Tomorrow, we go to Godshill Model Village in the morning and then to Wight Watersports in the afternoon.
Enjoy looking at the pictures in the attached newsletter.