Fun begins in Devon
The annual Year 8 trip to Knapp House in Devon has got off to a flying start.
The children arrived yesterday afternoon after 3 hours on the road (with a quick refreshment stop at Taunton services) and the children were shown around their dorms. The first activity, which was surfing and body boarding, kicked off after a picnic lunch outside.
The Year 8's were driven to the local beach in Northam and were given wetsuits to change into. After a quick game of "who could built the best sandcastle" (one team made an impressive volcano) the group was drilled on how to surf.
They spent 45 minutes in the sea and there were a few very impressive performances. The instructors commended our group on being the best surfing group in a long time, as we had 3 or 4 children standing on their boards and riding the waves!
Once home, showered and after some free time the children tucked into their supper. At 7pm the evening activities kicked off with one group going on a coastal walk whilst the other two groups were inside an indoor pool learning how to canoe.
Despite a huge downpour of rain, the coastal walk group enjoyed their time outside and the canoe groups are raring to go out on to the lakes to put into practice their new skills.
A brief spell of free time and then all children were in bed, exhausted after a great first day.
This morning, after a fried breakfast, the groups are tunneling and building huge crate towers. The tunnels are not for the faint hearted! Donning boiler suits the children must crawl on their elbows and knees through underground tunnels, some sloshing with a few inches of water. The girls are just as tough as the boys and got stuck in. Crate building is where a team member is standing on a forever growing tower of crates, as the rest of their team build the tower under their feet, raising them higher and higher off the ground! Great fun.
This evening we are looking forward to a crab boat ride after supper and a spot of absailing after lunch. Oh, and cheering on England in the Euro 2012 of course!