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River Dart Residential – Day 4

The weather was brilliant again today, which was fantastic as it was our last full day here in the River Dart.

Groups 1 and 2

This morning we had a fantastic time caving in the muddiest and wettest in Europe! Kitted out in our caving suits, wellies and helmets we squirmed our way through many passageways, through the mud. We even slid down a mud slide and went as deep into the caves as possible to see a lake. We witnessed beehive stalagmites and squeezed through teeny tiny worm holes! Unfortunately, because  we were caked in mud and were sliding on our bellies, we were not allowed to take cameras so there are no photos of us in the cave! After, we washed our kit off in a lake! The children are incredibly lucky as not many residentials have an activity like this, so not many children can say they’ve been caving in real caves in Dartmoor!

This afternoon, we monkeyed around on the high ropes, swinging from big trees on site. There were a variety of obstacles such as zip wires, cargo nets, rope ladders, balancing beams and seesaws. It was great fun and the children were brilliant at encouraging each other. They were all very determined to do the hard challenge on each obstacle.

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Groups 3 and 4

Groups 3 and 4 had great fun doing the high ropes this morning, followed by caving this afternoon. Again, the camera wasn’t allowed in the caves so we apologise for no photos!

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Groups 5 and 6

Groups 5 and 6 had climbing and walking today, luckily the weather held out for them! They loved the ice cream van and really enjoyed challenging themselves to get to the top of the climbing wall.

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Evening

Tonight we had a shelter build and a camp fire. The children worked in their teams to build a shelter in a particular area of the wood. Us staff also had our own group! Many groups had state-of-the-art structures with the added bonus of jacuzzis and garages! After, we played some games around the campfire and sang some songs. Mrs Bravington had the forfeit of dancing around the fire like a chicken and I had the pleasure of singing ‘baa baa black sheep’ in an operatic voice (thanks Mrs Hillier!) We have video evidence (an even bigger thank you). If you click on the link below, it will download the video so you can see for yourself (and realise why I have never auditioned for X-Factor!)

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We cannot believe how quickly this week has flown. We have truly and utterly enjoyed every single second and wish we could stay for longer. The children have been brilliant and although many have admitted to missing home and being exhausted now, they say they would like to stay for a few more days too.

Tomorrow is our last day and we all have a fantastic last activity to accomplish before heading home. Because of this, I will be doing the blog for the last day on Friday evening (if i’m awake) or over the weekend so keep an eye out.

We are all looking forward to seeing you all tomorrow when we get off the bus; your comments on the blog have made it all worthwhile and the children have constantly been asking whether their parents have put a comment. It’s been great to see grandparents getting involved too!

Goodnight from all of us!

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  1. Louise and Brad

    Can’t wait to see you back in Hazlemere and hear about your adventures. Wishing you a safe journey home. Thanks for all the updates. Louise and Brad

  2. Madhura

    What a fun filled week it was for the kids!! A big thank you to all the teachers for being there for the kids!! See you all tomorrow

  3. Rachel

    We miss you all too! See you all tomorrow.

  4. Penny hickson

    Lovely pictures of the children having a great time. Lots of memories being made. Thank you
    The Hicksons
    See you tomorrow.

  5. Longmore family

    Ha ha, brilliant – loving the video Miss Bartropp! Can tell you all had a good laugh.
    We’ve been missing Kieran (his sister has been counting down the nights), so although we’re glad you’ve all had a great time and been making memories to cherish forever, we’re looking forward to seeing you all arrive home tomorrow. Enjoy the morning then have a safe trip home! X ps thanks again for another blog & more lovely photos

  6. Becky & Charlie

    One more sleep

  7. Michelle

    Great pictures, thanks again

  8. Marilyn Randall

    Every evening we sit waiting in anticipation for your blog, wondering what further activities have been accomplished, we’re exhausted just reading it!! What a fantastic experience and adventure for the children ( and teachers ) this week has been. There must have been at times when they felt out of their comfort zone,they’ve pushed their boundaries, and been determined to conquer any fears they may have had. We can’t wait to hear all about it this weekend, only hope that Charlie isn’t to tired to tell us. Enjoy your last hours and safe journey home.

    From Charlie Ws Nanny and Grandad.

  9. Mrs Ketley

    Looks like another great day – looking forward to seeing you all tomorrow!

  10. Lesley Mansfield

    How great that it didn’t rain. I can’t wait to see Katie tomorrow,
    Love from Mum.

  11. Nicky & Gavin

    Wow what fun, can’t wait to hear all about it Enjoy the last morning you can sleep on the coach on the way home

  12. Nicky & Gavin

    Wow what fun, can’t wait to hear all about it. Enjoy the last morning you can sleep on the coach on the way home Zzzzz

  13. Katie rendell

    Safe journey home, thank you so much for all the pictures it’s made the week easier just seeing all their happy faces!!! Enjoy your last morning, the washing machine is ready and waiting!!! Xxx

  14. Mia christy

    Oh how fabulous it looks what a lovely time you have all had ! Thank you so much for keeping us updated see you tomorrow

  15. Tina Boddington

    Thank you so much for all the amazing pictures & updates x me & Ruby have thoroughly enjoyed them x looks like you’re all having such a fantastic time x looking forward to seeing you today !!!

  16. Nick Wilson

    Looks like everyone is having a lot of fun, including the staff team!

  17. The Jefferies Family

    What great photos, nice to see everyone having such a great time and what courage the children have! We are jealous such an amazing experience x

  18. Kate Marc and Luca

    Another set of lovely photos, thank you so much for them all.
    Looks like you have all had an amazing time and Luca can’t wait till he is in year six to go there!
    Hope the last hours there today are as brilliant as the rest and can’t wait to see you all later…..
    Safe journey home
    The austins

  19. Mandy Lewis

    What another amazing day. Can’t believe you were so brave going into the dark, muddy caves. What an extraordinary experience – truly character building. Can’t wait to see you tomorrow (not so excited about the clothes that will need washing!)

  20. Franks fan club

    Great fun. Enjoy the last day!!

  21. Lynne Plumridge

    Love the way Maya is taking it easy!! Lol
    Great pics again, have loved looking every day to see what adventures you’ve been having!!
    Can’t wait to see you all later!!
    Safe journey xx

  22. Andy Ball

    Thank you very much for putting all these pictures on the website each day. It’s great to see the children enjoying themselves so much. Well done to all the teaching staff looking after them. I’m glad that I’m not on the rota for laundry duty this weekend. Have a safe trip back.

  23. Nicola Rutland

    So glad they have had a great time mason looks like he has really enjoyed it safe journey home guys 🙂

  24. Mrs Ketley

    I would like to say a huge thank you to everyone involved in putting together such an amazing trip. I know how hard all the staff work and to see everyone having so much fun has made this week so much easier for us parents! You are all wonderful and the kids will have such amazing memories from this week that will stay with them forever – they are all so lucky to have you all. Can’t wait to hear all about it in person – have a safe trip back and we will see you all soon x

  25. Helena Langrish

    What an amazing week, thank you so much for letting us be a part of it with your blog and pics, highlight of our day! Safe journey home, excited to see your exhausted faces.

  26. Bonnie Crate

    Thanks so much for the updates we have loved reading them and seeing all the fantastic photos. Ben is looking so tired now I think he’ll sleep all weekend! Safe journey home xx

  27. susan

    Fantastic photos and we all must thank the amazing teachers who have lovenly looked and kept our precious children safe all week.

  28. Linda McCann -Gould

    Looks amazing . The teachers look like they are the biggest kids on the trip haha . Lovely to see . Can’t wait to get my Josh home as we are missing him terribly and dying to hear all about the trip . What an amazing opportunity for the kids

  29. Klaire Huddleston

    Thanks for giving our children an amazing residential that will keep them talking for weeks, I can’t wait for Ben to get home so that I can hear all about what they got up to & how much fun they had. Safe journey home 🙂
    Klaire & John