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Camp out is go go go

We have liaised with BCC Health & Safety and the MET office.

Whilst light rain showers are predicted between 23.00hours and 03.00am.  We do not feel this should dampen our spirits.

CAMP OUT IS GO GO GO

See you all from 4.30pm for setting up

The week ahead

Scorchio

It’s scorchio out there and set to continue for the next couple days.  PLEASE ensure your child has a hat, sun-cream and water bottle with them at school. The sports hall is open to the children at break and lunchtime to provide the necessary shade and a lovely cool breeze.

Lanterns

This week, we have the paddling pool out, and the water guns at the ready!  If you want to join in the with the fun and games, please contact the school office who can book you in.  Come along and join in the fun.

Camp Out

Advance Warning! It looks like the weather on Friday evening may be on the turn from about 9pm.  The family disco will run regardless, however, if we have rain, we simply cannot continue with the Camp Out as the cars will churn up our sports field.  Fingers crossed for continued sunshine…

The entry to the camp out/family disco is £5 and paid on entry.  The money will be collected on the door.  Entry is for the disco and camp out, however, if the camp out does not go ahead, the £5 charge will still stand to cover the cost of the family disco. We still want to have a fun time, so come rain or shine, there will be some sort of activity to end the year in style.

Grendon is 50!

As you are aware Grendon will be holding a ‘Time-Slip’ Tea Party for the children of GUCS on Friday 26th June to celebrate Grendon being 50! I already have my costume ready to celebrate the Golden Jubilee of the current school building being opened in the academic year of 1964 – 1965! Your child is invited to choose an outfit / costume from either the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, 90’s, 00’s or 10’s. They can be a pop / rock star, a prime minister, TV presenter, spaceman – Neil Armstrong etc…. Someone / something that represents what Britain / Grendon was like ‘Back in the Day’. Let your creative juices run wild!!! The local media will be at the school during the day as well as a local dignitary who will plant a special Golden Dawn Redwood tree to mark the occasion.

On your marks, get set, go…… Sports Day is going ahead on Tuesday 16th June

We’ve checked the weather for our Sports Day event: currently, its dry with sunny intervals – that’ll do for me! We’re on!

Please arrive from 12:30pm for a 1pm start.

As always, refreshments will be available (Thank you FroGS), and Paul Biz, our school DJ, will provide the entertainment.

We’re coming home

We’re on our way home! I expect to be back at 3.15 – 3.30pm

When you collect them, please encourage your child to thank their staff member before they bolt off. The staff have been brilliant this week and have looked after each member of their group 24/7 as if they were their own – even Mr B has been a fantastic ‘mum’.Additionally, please don’t go without collecting your child’s medication and touching base with the group leader about any First Aid/Medical issues. Every child (and adult) is displaying a colourful array of bruises – when you abseil, climb, hang off ropes, kayak and hide from predators, you’ve got to expect a scratch or two.

We’re coming home….

Year 6 have just left Southampton… more updates shortly….

 

 

I apologise in advance: one of the last activities this morning is pond dipping in a stagnant lake – boy oh boy it hummmmms! Still, they’re all yours in four hours or so…. so enjoy giving them a big hug when you see them! (Oh, and avoid the grey grime line on the back of their necks when you give them a kiss, I just don’t know what you might catch!)

It’s the last morning here at Fairthorne; children are a mix of excited and sad. They’re ready to go home but will miss their friends and activities so much. Breakfast had a very continental feel with brioche and juices this morning, all the children tucked in, and lunch today is once again the coveted JUMBO SAUSAGE ROLL! It really is a winner – and when I say jumbo, I mean JUMBO. It’s huge!

We are leaving at 12.30pm. If traffic is good we could be back by 2.30, but last year there was significant congestion on the A34 so we will stick to 4pm just in case. I will continue to give you updates via the blog to let you know how we are progressing. Please do not panic though, if we do return earlier than 4pm and you still have commitments, the children will continue to be supervised (we’ve got some ice pops ready to welcome them back).

When you collect them, please encourage your child to thank their staff member before they bolt off. The staff have been brilliant this week and have looked after each member of their group 24/7 as if they were their own – even Mr B has been a fantastic ‘mum’.

Additionally, please don’t go without collecting your child’s medication and touching base with the group leader about any First Aid/Medical issues. Every child (and adult) is displaying a colourful array of bruises – when you abseil, climb, hang off ropes, kayak and hide from predators, you’ve got to expect a scratch or two.

Wish us luck on the coach home – the smell of Group 2 has just wafted past us ………….. SOS (again) x

Year 6 Residential to Fairthorne Manor, Southampton 8-12th 2015

Year 6 will be heading off to Fairthorne Manor for their residential.

Last morning at Fairthorne Manor

I apologise in advance: one of the last activities this morning is pond dipping in a stagnant lake – boy oh boy it hummmmms! Still, they’re all yours in four hours or so…. so enjoy giving them a big hug when you see them! (Oh, and avoid the grey grime line on the back of their necks when you give them a kiss, I just don’t know what you might catch!)

It’s the last morning here at Fairthorne; children are a mix of excited and sad. They’re ready to go home but will miss their friends and activities so much. Breakfast had a very continental feel with brioche and juices this morning, all the children tucked in, and lunch today is once again the coveted JUMBO SAUSAGE ROLL! It really is a winner – and when I say jumbo, I mean JUMBO. It’s huge!

We are leaving at 12.30pm. If traffic is good we could be back by 2.30, but last year there was significant congestion on the A34 so we will stick to 4pm just in case. I will continue to give you updates via the blog to let you know how we are progressing. Please do not panic though, if we do return earlier than 4pm and you still have commitments, the children will continue to be supervised (we’ve got some ice pops ready to welcome them back).

When you collect them, please encourage your child to thank their staff member before they bolt off. The staff have been brilliant this week and have looked after each member of their group 24/7 as if they were their own – even Mr B has been a fantastic ‘mum’.

Additionally, please don’t go without collecting your child’s medication and touching base with the group leader about any First Aid/Medical issues. Every child (and adult) is displaying a colourful array of bruises – when you abseil, climb, hang off ropes, kayak and hide from predators, you’ve got to expect a scratch or two.

Wish us luck on the coach home – the smell of Group 2 has just wafted past us ………….. SOS (again) x

Final sleep in the Fairthorne Manor House…

I had no idea a school residential could prove to be so lucrative. We could well have bagged an additional£250 for the school budget today thanks to the lovely Mrs Wilkes!

Allow me to explain… Using the learning behaviour of courage, Barbara decided to have a go at kayaking. She imagined herself, gliding along the lake,  sun in her face, sun beams reflecting off the rippling water… instead, with grace and aplomb, Mrs Wilkes put one foot in her kayak and dived headfirst into the water. Fully clothed. Glasses on. The whole kit and caboodle!!

There’s a vicious rumour that we have photographic evidence – (shock, horror!) But we’ll keep it hidden, it could really come in very useful when finances are running low… (…You’ve Been Framed).

Other than that, we’ve had a glorious last day. The children have embraced everything – even each other – when celebrating their teamwork successes. They really are a great bunch of children, you should all be very proud of each and every one.

Spag Bol was on the menu for tonight’s dinner – the children were like termites, chomping their way through piles and piles- it was like they’ve never seen food!!!!

We’ve got the Talent Show now then the Disco (it’s always a sweaty treat), so I’ve gotta go! Mr B’s already through to judges houses and is threatening to throw some serious shapes on the dance floor. I have a duty of care to protect our children … SOS!!!!

Day 4 in the Fairthorne Manor House…

As predicted, the children slept like logs: not a peep, squeak nor wheeze – but there were some throaty snores reverberating through the halls…(that’s enough about Mr B though!)

After a cooked breakfast this morning (double helpings for those Year 6 boys again) we’ve headed out to our activities; Jacob’s Ladder, Pirate Obstacle Course (ahoy me hearties!) Archery, to name but a few.

The weather is utterly glorious, but please be assured that the children are lotioned up: with military precision, necks, ears, noses have been assessed for ‘lotion residue’ and by pain of death, the children have not moved a muscle without their hats and water bottles.

It’s the Talent Show and disco tonight so excitement’s beginning to build… We’ll bring you more on this later…

As always, VERY happy campers.