Thorn Grove Macmillan Coffee Event
Dear Parents and Carers,
On Friday 28th September 2018, Thorn Grove will be participating in the World’s Biggest Macmillan Coffee Event. This annual event is an important fundraiser for the Macmillan Cancer Support organisation. Cancer affects the lives of thousands of families and communities worldwide and the funds raised at this event enable Macmillan to help people living with cancer and their families receive essential medical, practical and emotional support.
Our afternoon coffee event will take place on Friday 28th September at 3:30pm in our school canteen where a selection of tea, coffee, cakes and biscuits will be served. Monetary donations for Macmillan cancer support will be collected throughout the event. To celebrate the community spirit of the occasion, children and staff are invited to spend the school day in a suggested purple and green Macmillan themed non-uniform – this could range from anything as small as purple and green socks or accessories to a full-blown purple and green outfit! Be creative!
Any donations of cakes and biscuits (these do not need to be home baked) would be greatly appreciated. Please bring them in to school on the morning of 28th September. We hope to see everybody there to help raise funds for what I’m sure you will agree is a very worthwhile cause.
Thank you for your continued support,
Miss G Bennett
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!
This morning we were woken by blue skies and beaming sunshine. The children and staff, refreshed after a peaceful evening wandered happily towards the dining room and were greeted by an amazing cooked breakfast, toast and beverages. The happy hordes tucked in, and with good reason, as 12 hours of thrilling and demanding challenges stood waiting to be overcome.
Year six bounded forward: teams became closer; grins widened; laughter bounced around the corridors; and the exploits of the day before were shared in glorious fashion. Yet, there was no time to dwell on the adventures of yesterday as today’s quests swiftly began.
The groups conquered the dark, twisted recesses of the cave system; trekked the moors in the search of ancient rock foundations to explore during bouldering; became the engineers of colossal crate structures (sturdy enough to support the weight of four of our intrepid architects); and solved the riddle of the Dungeon of Doom!
Another amazing day, but it was not over….
Dinner was merely a wonderful refuelling stop and glorious meals were wolfed down and choc ices devoured rapidly; then it was on to final adventure.
One more activity awaited and the children and staff powered onwards; there was no stopping us now. Yet, time unfortunately caught up with us, the moon beamed down as the sun, and the groups, happily, but wearily retired.
Day two was complete – now for day three!