The final day; the final activities; the final chance to step outside your comfort zone; and the final chance to eat an inappropriately large, but simply delicious, breakfast before completing various physical and mental challenges.
Team ‘Year six’ awoke and strode forward with gusto. Mixed emotions fluttered randomly through the conversations of the TGPS pupils just like the butterflies that accompanied us on our walks to the peak of the local hills when travelling to bouldering. ‘I don’t want to leave’, ‘I want to see the folks back home’, ‘I want to do trapeze again’, I want to get higher on the climbing wall’, ‘I want another sausage with my breakfast, ‘I wish we could stay longer’, ‘I wish I was as good as Mr Wilson was at crate challenge’ (Alright, the last one was made up!) were all heard as the children approached their last morning of activities.
The whole group, who had grown immeasurably in confidence, stature and togetherness, pulled back their shoulders; raised their heads and joyfully bounced out of the dining hall. The weather responded to the atmosphere of positivity by supplying a morning of warming sun and blissful breezes – the rain finally came (as if planned by a higher force) as the three teams finished their final challenges and returned to base for a final chat with the instructors, lunch and departure.
The damp outside didn’t dampen the spirits at all and, as goodbyes were exchanged and thanks given, year six stepped onto the coach.
The journey home had started, but the journey we had all been on could not be measured in miles, minutes, millilitres or grams….
It could only be measured in smiles, memories, experiences, friendships and grins.
Goodbye Robinwood….. we had a blast!