At approximately 09:15 this morning our intrepid year sixes stepped purposefully on to the coach ready for adventure. As they waved goodbye to Cheadle Hulme, the beaming smile of the hazy summer sun broke through the clouds and mirrored the smiles and laughter that filled the coach.
As we approached our venue, calm floated through the coach; children and teachers alike contemplated the days and adventures ahead and whether they would conquer the challenges set before them.
Suddenly, the careful contemplation was broken – we had arrived! The vibrant team leaders collected the group and led them up the narrow dusty road to Robinwood; it was time to settle in, grab some subsistence, hydrate and ‘kit up’ for our first activities.
Energised and refreshed by lunch, the groups (Wood, Valley and Hill) gathered their equipment and bounded towards their first activities; the afternoon was jam-packed with amazing deeds: daring high wire flights on the trapeze; perilous piranha pool performances; and marvellous missions into the unknown solving an alien conspiracy.
An exhilarated, but exhausted, group of Thorn Grove pupils and teachers reassembled at dinner to feast on a hearty meal of pizza, salad and chips followed by delicious ice cream. Energy levels re-established, the children made their way towards the team challenge (a fun, exciting competition which pitted the three groups against each other in a variety of tasks). It was a close run affair, but eventually Wood group lifted the trophy; the teachers, who also had a team, trailed in fourth. Youth and exuberance had proved too mighty for age and wisdom in the battle of Robinwood.
The victors lifted the cup, hot chocolate and biscuits were served to our weary warriors, and they made their way to bed ready to rest, recuperate and raise themselves tomorrow morning for the next set of challenges.
As the sun sets on a truly wonderful day at Robinwood, eyes close, friends wish each other good night and lights are dimmed.
Here are some pictures of today. Look out for the day 2 update tomorrow.