Robinwood Day 3

Day 3:

The day of reckoning; the final day; the day when the rain came; the day when everyone had just gotten used to eating an unfeasibly large, but delightful breakfast before attempting rather strenuous physical activity; and the day unfortunately, we had to sadly return home.

But sadness was the emotion furthest from the children thoughts; the children were as hungry as a wolf and ready to devour the breakfast and the trials that lay ahead. Team ‘Year Six’ were into the groove and ready to recall the glory days of Wednesday and Thursday and finish, quite rightly, as the heroes we knew they had become.

The children had an energy that was simply irresistible, the centre bristled with excitement and the groups felt like they could rule the world. As the rain began to fall even heavier, the determination of the pupils was like a rolling stone– gathering pace – and in the corridors of Robinwood, conversation crackled, like electricity, as the Thorn Grove pupils put aside toxic, fearful thoughts of the impending end to the trip to discuss the previous day’s events and those that were yet to come.

“Trapeze was amazing” “Another day here would be amazing” “Another hash brown and some more bacon would be amazing!” “Why is Mr Wilson so amazing at climbing, archery and trapeze and Miss Nuttall, Mrs Dewar, Miss Karim and Mr Chandler so rubbish!” (This last one was made up, but it was worth a try when you are as poor at these things as I am!) were all heard as they children excitedly milled around awaiting the new adventures the final morning was ready to deliver.

The whole group, who had grown, from what seemed like absolute beginners, strode confidently forwards, knowing that today was the chance to go your own way and squeeze out every last ounce of enjoyment from the opportunities that lay ahead. They had visibly broader shoulders, chins that were raised and hearts that swelled with pride and satisfaction. Nothing’s going to stop us now was the attitude they exuded and the Thorn Grove staff watched with glee as they strutted around the centre with an air of self-assurance that showed they were ready for anything.

The rain (as if presenting itself as a final challenge) tested the resolve of some of the groups. However instead of saturating spirits, it merely lifted them and the children blossomed in the summer rain like powerful plants refreshed and ready to reach higher. As the three fantastic groups, completed their final challenges the only thing larger than the smiles on the faces of the children were the huge experiences they were taking home with them. The last meal was consumed, the instructors thanked (Andy, Sarah and Annie, you were irreplaceable, magnificent and truly wonderful with the children) and goodbyes exchanged

Year six sprung towards the coach and stepped aboard

The weight of this experience could not be judged using scales or mathematical reasoning.

It could only be judged by the sheer enormity of wonderful memories the experience had produced; the friendships that had been cemented; and the smiles, laughter and happiness both these things will continue to deliver

Farewell Robinwood….. you challenged us, you excited us, you drove us to new heights and we will never forget you, so please don’t you forget about us…

May I take this opportunity to thank: the children – you were magnificent; the staff (Mrs Karim, Mrs Dewar, Mr Chandler, Miss Nuttall, Mrs Jeddal and Mrs De-Moulpied – there is no way the children could have such a wonderful experience without your help, support and dedication; the parents – your children are a credit to you and represented you amazingly; and finally, the Robinwood staff, who are simply brilliant.

Mr Wilson

Robinwood 2019 Day 2

Day 2:

This morning we were woken by the brooding presence of grey clouds lurking menacingly overhead, however inside the brightness of the children’s smiles and the infectious waves of joyful laughter staved off any thoughts that may have dampened spirits and dulled expectations.

Team year six, fully re-energised after a relaxing evening snooze, sauntered merrily to breakfast to be met by their next mammoth challenge- how to conquer the amazing cooked breakfast, toast and beverages. Unfortunately, this was no match for the hungry hordes and they demolished the feast and were left hungry for only one thing- the activities that lay ahead on day two.

Year six strode purposefully forward: bonds were strengthened; new friendships forged; happiness danced around the centre; and the stories of the previous days quests were spoken about with awe and wonder. Yet, yesterday had disappeared and there were new stories to write; new adventures to complete; and new challenges to overcome…

Day two was upon us and more memories were ready to be made…

The groups slithered through the gnarled spiraling passages of the caves; squeezed skillfully and manipulated themselves masterfully through the cracks and crevices of the prehistoric old glacial rock formations that stand atop of the hills overlooking the centre; created feats of structural engineering and skyscrapers of a truly colossal nature in crate challenge; and pondered the perilous puzzles that awaited them in the Dungeon of Doom.

A wonderful lunch and dinner was consumed, but these moments sped by as children excitedly refueled before their next activities; their appetite for the next challenges, the only hunger that could not be satisfied by the amazing food

The stamina of our intrepid adventurous was impressive and year six stormed on wards. Even the blustery weather and intermittent rain, couldn’t slow the juggernaut of joy that careered towards late evening.

The only thing that did eventually serve to stop the groups was time – the moon peered jealously down on the centre; envious of the simply amazing happenings it had witnessed and the darkness ushered the jubilant, but weary masses to bed.

Day Two was a triumph – now for day three!

Robinwood 2019 Day 1

Day One:

As the eager July sun bounced over the horizon, the equally eager year six pupils bounded towards school, full of expectation and nervous energy. Laughter and conversation filled the school hall as friends and staff eagerly awaited the start of their Robinwood journey.

After the formalities were completed and goodbyes exchanged, the group grabbed their luggage and their pals and stepped aboard the coach.

As the warm balmy summer atmosphere hugged the coach, the journey progressed. The sounds of the quiet, somewhat nervous, conversation morphed into a chorus of singing; a selection of songs from the production were delivered as any nerves faded and broad smiles and laughter warmed the inside of the coach as we neared Robinwood.

Upon arrival, the children leapt off the coach; made their way to the centre and enjoyed a satisfying lunch – activities were about to start and much needed fuel was required!

The afternoon was filled with death defying feats on the trapeze; problem solving and pressure in the perilous piranha pool; conundrums and intrigue during alien conspiracy; and agility and strength on the climbing wall.

Dinner time arrived sooner than expected; time really does fly (just like the children on the trapeze) when you are having fun. Hearty meals and cake were consumed and final emotional goodbyes were said to departing staff and pupils (we will miss you Luke – have a wonderful holiday and we wish you all the best for the future)

The rain finally arrived as we moved towards the finale of our first amazing day- there was no chance it would dampen our spirits though as groups  assembled for the team challenge. A thrilling, competitive tournament was fiercely fought and all groups worked amazingly to try and be victorious.

The final act of the evening was to enjoy  delicious hot chocolate and biscuits before finally retiring, exhausted but exhilarated,  to bed.

Below are some pictures of the first day activities and visit again tomorrow to see another update.

 

Cheer Squad continue to lead the way…

On Saturday our amazing Key Stage Two Cheerleading Team attended the UK National Schools Competition held at the Velodrome in Manchester.

The Squad, who were looking to retain the title two years in a row, arrived at the venue in very good spirits and, even though there were some last minute adjustments to the routine, felt confident about performing well.  The children were joined by their amazing Team Spirit coaches Hannah and Lindsey as well as Mr Wilson and Miss Nuttall.

The competition is fiercely contested with teams travelling from as far as Bath to take part and the crowd, who were amazing (and very loud) supported the teams with passion and added to the amazing atmosphere at the venue. The teams only have one chance to perform their routine and because of this the margins for error are very slim; the squads have to be completely in sync and ready to perform when their slot arrives.

The team performed at 10:30am and had to start the preparation an hour prior to this as they made their way through grueling warm-up stations, uniform checks and team photos.

The routine, which contains complicated stunts, tumbles and dancing was delivered with precision, superb timing and fantastic synchronicity  and the children, coaches and supporters knew they had a chance to retain their title.

However, the awards ceremony was some time away and the judges decisions were kept secret until that time; this meant an agonising wait for the results…

During this time the squad members, coaches and staff busied themselves watching the other squads and soaking up the atmosphere of the huge event.

Finally the wait was over, and it was worth it.

Team Spirit at Thorn Grove were announced UK National Champions for the second year in a row.

A huge thank you must go to the parents who helped and supported on the day and of course to the brilliant coaches at Team Spirit, Hannah and Lindsey, who work tirelessly to help the team.

We have a hugely successful cheerleading programme developing at Thorn Grove and we would welcome any children to the sessions, so if any pupils would like to join the squad, please see Mr Wilson in school.

Here are some of the pictures from the day.

Golf Teams perform well above par

On Wednesday the year 3/4 and 5/6 golf teams took part in the Stockport finals. The standard of golf and the putting and chipping skills on display were excellent and it was difficult to see how any team would lose points.

Both of the Thorn Grove teams performed amazingly and showed how their skills had improved massively from the first round.

The Year 5/6 Team were very close to being victorious and finished runners up, but the Year 3/4 team went one step further winning the competition and being crowned champions.

The Year 3/4 Team will now move on to represent Stockport in the Summer Greater Manchester Games later in the year.

An exciting opportunity to play basketball

Manchester Magics and Mystics are a basketball club who are dedicated to providing opportunities for all sections of the community, regardless of ability, background, gender or age.

The club is now based in Whalley Range at the Manchester Basketball Centre, but is starting academy sessions at the amazing new facilities at Laurus Cheadle Hulme in April 2019

The sessions will be delivered by coaches who work at one of the best junior development programs in the country and will be on a Tuesday Evening between 5:30 and 7pm

We currently have a very large number of children playing basketball at school and this would be an ideal opportunity to develop their skills.

For more information, or to book a place call Manchester Magics on: 0161 881 0090

An exciting opportunity to play tennis

The coaches from Queensgate Tennis Club have been working with our year two and three children this term and we would like to pass on information about their Junior Club night.

Any sports club’s future lies with the development of its young players, and Bramhall Queensgate Tennis Club are firmly committed to youth development. Their coaches, Darren & Hanna, are particularly active in helping to develop young players and would like to invite Thorn Grove pupils to their Junior Club Night every Friday 4.30 – 5.45pm.

There is no charge for Club Night for the next 5/6 weeks before the trial period is over.

The session is supervised by a number of coaches and student helpers. We play fun games on court and help the children improve their tennis while having fun.

Parents are more than welcome to use the facilities on Junior Club Night and can use the kitchen/bar whilst watching the children play. Food and drink are available for the children to buy in our tuck shop between 5.15 and 5.30

Bramhall Queensgate Tennis Club,  Oakfield Close, Bramhall, Stockport & SK7 1JT

Gymnastics team take a giant leap forwards

Yesterday our talented Year 3 & 4 gymnastics team competed in the Greater Manchester Games. The games happen twice a year and the best teams in each of the nine Greater Manchester boroughs take part; we were representing Stockport after winning the borough competition.

At 8:30am yesterday morning, our excited and slightly nervous gymnasts boarded the minibus ready to travel to the opening ceremony, which was held at the Sport City Stadium in Manchester.

When we arrived, we were seated with all the other competitors, VIPs and supporters in the stadium and watched an amazing opening ceremony. Members of our team took part in the dancing and singing and thoroughly enjoyed themselves.

The final act of the opening ceremony was to ‘cut the ribbon’ to officially open the games. This was done by Kelly Massey an Olympic Bronze medalist and 400m Athlete.

The team then travelled to the gymnastics venue to begin their competition alongside Beth Tweddle (former GB Olympic medalist) and her team of coaches.

This is the first time the school has represented at this level and the standard was incredibly high with a huge number of very strong gymnasts and teams in every age group. The squad, although very nervous, remembered their routines brilliantly and performed with dynamism, poise and bravery (especially on the vault).

The team finished in 5th place, narrowly missing out on a bronze medal (there was only a very small difference in overall points scores separating the first five teams) which means they are are officially the 5th best them in the whole of Greater Manchester.

In addition to this, Alys in Year 3 was awarded the 3rd best gymnast overall in the whole competition.

They team represented the school magnificently and showed how dedicated and focused they were throughout the day. We are very very proud of them and special mention must go to Mrs Mansfield, for her help during the day and the parents who came to support.

Here are some pictures of our amazing squad

Thorn Grove Primary School
Woodstock Avenue
Cheadle Hulme
SK8 7LD