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Plas Pencelli 2023

Monday 2nd October:

Y6 have arrived safely at Pencelli after a good journey. They are all in good heart and it is not raining! A further update will be put on the website later. 

We had a great journey to Wales and all the children were excited and in high spirits. Once we arrived, the first task was to make the beds (some of the children found this extremely tricky!). 
We then had lunch under the outdoor gazebo before heading out on our first activity which was an adventure walk around the grounds of Pencelli. 
We got very muddy and extremely wet which the children loved! We had to be hosed off when we got back we were so muddy!! 
We then enjoyed a dinner of pizza and wedges and pancakes, ice cream and mixed berries for pudding - which was delicious. 
Our evening activity was a scavenger hunt. This was made all the more interesting and tricky because of the pouring rain!!! We got absolutely soaked which meant some  of the children even had their second shower of the day!!! The drying room is full already. 
We are tired now and in need of a good sleep ready for our beds!

Tuesday 3rd October
Mrs McDonald and Mrs Matthews have just arrived back from a fantastic visit to see Y6 this evening. We arrived to so many smiling faces and it is absolutely true to say that the children are having a brilliant time! Today they have had mostly dry weather with only the tiniest shower. They slept well last night and were raring to go this morning. The children have enjoyed a day of caving and rock climbing and have really overcome fears and have challenged themselves. All the adults are super proud of them! Tonight was an absolutely delicious meal of chicken korma, rice and naan bread followed by arctic roll. Everyone really enjoyed this meal and a few surprised themselves at how much they liked curry! This meal gave us all energy for a brilliant evening of orienteering. Again, all the children really persevered and enjoyed this activity - map reading skills definitely improved throughout the evening and there was much success in finding the different orienteering points around the site. When we left, everyone was heading off to prepare to get ready for bed. Think there will be another great night of sleep ahead! 

Wednesday 4th October
We've had a great day today made even better by the sun shining. The children are all in really good spirits. Two groups canoed today on the canal. It was very busy with canal boats and canoes and they all did really well. They loved jumping in the canal at the end but quite a few wellies were lost in the mud! The other group went caving and everyone was really brave - the children have, once again, been brilliant at persevering and overcoming some of their fears. They crawled through some small spaces and some very cold water, which they loved! Dinner was very popular tonight - pasta, meatballs and garlic bread followed by profiteroles. It was even asked if this dinner could go on the school menu, they enjoyed it so much!
Tonight we did the Dingle Descent. We all had an amazing time which was helped by the dry and mild weather. There were lots of smiles and laughter and many wet children and adults! Many of us fell over in the water but it made us all laugh even more! 
We are hoping to sleep well again tonight and wake up raring to have another fun filled day tomorrow! 

Thursday 5th October 
We've had another great day today. One group canoed on the canal - it was dry but not sunny. Thankfully, the canal was not busy with other boats. They did so well and loved jumping in the canal at the end. 
Other two groups went rock climbing. We did a bit of bouldering at the beginning of the day then climbing and abseiling. It was windy and quite cold in the quarry but it didn’t dampen any of our spirits. 
Dinner was very popular tonight - chicken goujons , chips and peas and then chocolate cake and chocolate sauce for pudding and ice cream for pudding. Tonight after packing we visited the tuck shop. 
We are hoping to sleep well and are looking forward to gorge walking tomorrow. It will be an early start to finish off packing. It has been the most brilliant week and the children have been fantastic throughout! 
A massive thank you to Miss Kidd, Mrs Pascall, Mrs Young and Mrs Moody who have looked after everyone so well! 
See you back at school tomorrow!