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Year Six Borwick Hall 2017

 

 

 

Monday

What a beautiful sunny day! We stopped off in Williamson Park for lunch and played in the park. We could see all the way to the Lake District. When we arrived in Borwick we had our first challenge - to make our beds. We are still looking for Emmie! Reese also has some excellent camouflage and we have lost him a few times too! Next it was time for Team Challenges. After tea we have been busy exploring Borwick and playing 'Headhunters'. We are now playing cricket before bedtime. The children think that the teachers are trying to tire them out! Surely not!

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Tuesday

Today we split into three groups. Some of us were hanging around in the trees and the others were deep underground. We scaled the 'Pamper Pole' and jumped off the top; tackled the climbing walls and abseiled down. We even went to the top of some of the tallest trees.  Fortunately the local wildlife survived the archery so there was no rabbit pie for lunch!

 

The cavers escaped from the sunshine. They started off at  Ribblehead near the 'Harry Potter' bridge, came up for air at lunchtime at Ingleton Falls and finished off at Kingsdale. They were hoping to find gold but had no luck. Tomorrow the groups swap around so fingers crossed.

 

We have finished off the day with 'Manhunt'. Some relied on speed to win, the others found excellent hiding places. There's time for another game of cricket before bed - we will all sleep well tonight!

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Wednesday

‘Hi Ho Hi Ho, it’s off to work we go!’ Over twenty not just seven set off for the caves today. We seemed to be in several stories at the same time: Hogwarts, Snow White and the Hobbit. We will let you guess who’s who!

 

Meanwhile back at Borwick Hall, Robin Hood and his Merry Men were busy perfecting their archery skills and auditioning for a part in either Tarzan or Jungle Book.

 

Louis managed to celebrate his birthday all day long and his birthday cake was a delicious addition to the campfire marshmallows just before bedtime.

 

 

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Thursday

Today was another very busy day. We were in three groups and took turns to canoe, complete the ‘Low Ropes’ course and take a ‘Rocky Ramble’ along Silverdale Beach.

 

The canoeists displayed great talent, especially for falling into the canal. Can you spot the photo of the ducks escaping?!

The Low Ropes course was great fun. We had to watch out for the Borwick piranha fish that live in the pond. Fortunately no one fell in but a few children (and staff!) had a narrow escape.

 

Scrambling along the rocks near the seashore was fun. We hid in the smugglers’ cave and could see all the way to Barrow-in-Furness. We spotted the periscope of one of the submarines from Barrow that had gone the wrong way and disappeared into the sinking sand! You can only see the periscope now! We used this for target practice.

 

Tonight we have enjoyed the children’s talent show and played a last game of ‘Five Bat Cricket’.

 

We have not quite finished yet! We will be orienteering in the morning and taking on the most difficult team challenge so far – finding all our own belongings and trying to pack! Wish us all luck!

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Friday

On our last day we took a tour of Old Borwick, where we found out about the history of the hall. We visited each room (including the Coffin Room!) and heard about the visit of King Charles II and the mysterious story of the travellers who blessed the house as long as the New Year’s Eve traditions are remembered – ask the children you tell you about this.

 

There was time to hear some scary stories about Borwick’s resident ghost – ‘The White Lady’. Only ask the children to tell you this tale if you’re feeling brave!

 

We also completed the orienteering course and took time to say goodbye. We had a wonderful week, which have hopefully created lots of special memories.

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