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Woodlands Primary School

Tales from the Isle of Wight 2017

The Year 6 Residential 2017

Day 1

What a glorious start to the week: the weather at 6:15am was bright and the children (and staff thankfully) arrived in good spirits. Humpty Dumpty and Bungle (our annual coach drivers) navigated the road up to the school in their usual skilled manner and loaded the coaches in their efficient ways. As we left the school gates, it was nice to see smiling parents waving us on our way.

The M25 was traffic free (yes, a shocker!) which allowed us to make a really good run down to Portsmouth as we hardly stopped at all. The children amused themselves with singing along to the tunes of Humpty FM by adapting the Black Eyed Peas song  "Tonight's gonna be a good night" to "this weeks gonna be a good week" and  joke telling. The favourite on Coach A being "what do you call a girl with one leg?" "Eileen!"  On coach B, everyone sung their hearts out to "Let it go!" but unfortunately one child did quite literally let it go when they saw their breakfast again in a bucket.  No need to worry though as they have been right as rain since.  The children were pleased when they found out that there was A toilet on board the coach. However, the children were concerned when a boy did have to use "THE facility" because several cries of "he's gone to the girls' one" rippled throughout the coach. It was only the staff who could comprehend the malfunction of the sign with only half lighting up so some children might be crossing their legs for the week when on a coach.

The sun continued to shine at Robin Hill Country Park.  The children thoroughly enjoyed going on the Colossus boat, running quickly through the maze, climbing on various climbing frames, exploring the woodland area, getting soaked on the splash attack and screaming when watching the 4D cinema. Staff were unaware of the decibel level the children could reach on Colossus and the 4D cinema so this will need to be added to the risk assessment next year. 

Quotes from the children throughout the afternoon have included:
I wish I could live on the Isle of Wight; it's the best place ever.
This is so much fun; it's an amazing experience
If this is the first day, wow, what will the rest be like?

Quotes from the staff throughout the afternoon have included:
Have you put on suncream?
Put your hat on.
Yes, we can go on it again (smile, smile, cough, cough)

Quotes from the coach drivers have included:
Brexit has made passport control tighter so please have them in your hands when we enter the ferry port.
Do you know what the language of the Isle of Wight is? (FYI, the word "Wight"is said before any greeting:Wight thank you, Wight hello, Wight ok).

 

 

Upon arrival at PGL we were warmly greeted by our groupies Red and Ben. They helped unload the coaches and showed the children to their accommodation. After a quick settling in period, we headed to the dining hall.  There children enjoyed bangers and mash or curry and rice.  All seemed extremely happy with the choice and one child even said "cor this is like the Harvester salad bar".

The children have remained in good spirits throughout the day. They have remembered their Woodlands manners on numerous occasions and are excited about the week ahead.

Wight for now. Wight again tomorrow.  Wight comment below if you wish.

Day 2

The early mornings have continued with children waking up at 4:30am, 5am and 6am.  Some thankfully did make the right decision and go back to sleep whilst others chatted in their cabins. One lucky girl claims to have had over 9 hours of sleep which is rather baffling as the children went to sleep at 10:30pm (at the very earliest) and were up certainly no later than 6:30am. (Time differences is now on the schedule for maths lessons in term 6).
The first port of call this morning was breakfast. Despite the power cut, eating in the dark was quite fun and children enjoyed plates of bacon and hash browns and bowls of cereals.  This set the children up well for their morning activities.

The morning started with different groups zip wiring, firing bows on archery, orienteering around the PGL site, climbing up various apparatus and scoring goals on aeroball.   After a quick water stop and fruit break (apples, bananas and tangerines were consumed in abundance), the children's energy levels were topped up and more challenges were met with great enthusiasm. Some children have been hesitant about going outside their comfort zones but with encouragement from Woodlands staff they have taken part and achieved what they thought would be the impossible. Fantastic growth mindset in action!

Lunch was a welcome sight for many. Jacket potatoes, sausage rolls and salad were enjoyed by all. Enjoyed by one child in particular as he had 4 large sausage rolls whilst another child coated their salad leaves and cucumber in tomato ketchup.

The sun came out in the afternoon as we headed to another two action packed, fun-filled activities. It was fantastic that the positivity continued into the afternoon and when moments of doubt did creep in, encouraging words from their peers were spoken and comparisons were sought:"This is hard but if Mrs X was here it would be more like army training."   It really has been lovely to share these personal moments with the children and see such broad, proud smiles on their faces.

 

 


However, the sun did go in and the sky threatened a thunderstorm.  Minds  were  clearly affected because one child climbed the trapeze and claimed "I can see my house from here!" Another needed clarification on a direction "Is it that left (pointing to the left) or is it that left (pointing to the right)?"  and another was just totally confused:"What's the difference between going backwards and forwards?" As well as the children encouraging each other verbally, they were also helping  and belaying with the ropes. Once finished one girl asked: "Can I undo the Caribbean now?"  (Meaning the carabiner).  This wouldn't have surely come from a Geography teacher's daughter, would it....?

The children have enjoyed their dinner of fish and chips and apple crumble. One boy achieved his goal of "clearing his entire plate" and others enjoyed the opportunity of smothering ketchup over anything (again).

Whilst the children have enjoyed an evening of wacky races some of the Woodlands staff summoned up the courage for a room inspection. Well, courage was clearly not enough based on the results. Utter mess just doesn't come close!!!

 

 


The children have challenged themselves this week so I wonder if any parent, brother, sister or relative can identify their year 6 pupil from any of the photos below? 


We are venturing out of Little Canada tomorrow and will be heading to the Needles.  If you want to test your number skills and sit and count 85 orange hats then click here to access a live webcam.  We look forward to writing about it tomorrow.

Wight night for now.

Day 3

Today was the day when year 6 explored the Island so it was yet another early morning rise.  Particularly early for one room when they mistakenly set their alarm for 5am instead of 6am!

Upon arrival at the dining hall, the breakfast menu was read out.  Whilst the children cheered to the announcement of "sausages and baked beans," the most experienced member of staff on the trip cried, "Why does it always happen! It's always baked beans on coach day." However, in their positive manner another member of staff consoled the distressed member by saying "it's ok, we'll just get to the Needles quicker."  Many children looked very baffled when they misinterpreted 'quorn' to be prawn' so children looked to the familiar sight of cereal instead. Eating habits in the dining hall ranged from the healthy breakfast of cereal and 2 apples to the piled high plate of food and one slice of toast coated in a mere 3 portions of jam.

After collecting our named packed lunches, we set off on the drive across the Island to The Needles. The children successfully walked down all the steps to board their second boat of the week. The children thoroughly enjoyed spotting caves and admiring the chalk face cliffs.  Parents and families will be pleased to know that all the children did make it back up all the steps despite several claiming that they were "dying from exhaustion."  It was then time to empty their wallets in the souvenirs shops: "This is what I've been waiting for all week." If anyone is expecting a present back home then expectations need to be lowered. Children proudly showed off their Needles t-shirts, strutted around modelling their new fan they had attached to their orange cap and brought the biggest ice cream they could with the money they had left over.

After watching the glass demo, we then got back on the coaches and headed to the first beach of the afternoon at Freshwater Bay.  There the children relished the opportunity to paddle in the sea.  Even though cabin showers might have been dry when inspecting rooms last night, the teachers' positivity continued by almost saying in unison "at least their feet have been cleaned this week". When we boarded the coach so we could go to the final beach of the day, one child's comment of  "Can you wind the windows down please?" left a bewildered Humpty looking at his coach in confusion. The journey across the island to the beach was spectacular with many thatched cottages seen and coastal views admired.  The children were entertained by Mr Adams as they fell for his numerous "true" island facts whilst the staff were entertained by Mrs Stone's commentary. When we finally made it to the beach one child exclaimed, "Why is the beach wet?"

On the "wet" beach children amused themselves by burying each other in the sand, playing football, drawing in the sand and splashing around in the water. The beach provided a few more entertaining quotes: 
I've found a shark's tooth (child picking up remains of a 2cm shell)
Can we eat this seaweed like at the Chinese?

As the children boarded the coaches for the journey home, they had to pass through the sand security patrol of Bungle and Humpty. Several children looked worried when they were told that the beach was a conservation zone so every grain of sand had to be taken back and returned. As a result, one girl quickly emptied her pockets and tried to quickly get rid of the two handfuls of sand from them. 

 

(We have encouraged the wearing of new, clean t-shirts but please name and shame any and staff will suitably address this issue!).

Thank you to Bungle and Humpty for taking us around the Island and for so skilfully reversing their coaches into the many car parks during the day. The children showed their appreciation by saying "Wight thank you" as they left. (After saying "Wight ok" 40+ times, this joke might now be backfiring on them).

The children have had a brilliant day and have behaved very well.  Thank you for all your comments, they are amusing us!

Day 4

For the fourth day this week we woke to clear blue skies and even though there were lots of tired faces,  the children managed to stumble out of their cabins as soon as the word "breakfast" was mentioned.  Children have grown to love the cooked breakfast option and are becoming more adventurous with their food choices.  One child took it upon himself to try Tabasco on his porridge. Let's just say after a lot of opened mouth breathing and panting, he won't be repeating the experiment but will be sticking to putting every condiment going on his meal.

Mrs Priestley touched base with us today but instead of a text message a phone call was made.... but for a good reason. She just had to share the email that was sent to school by a member of the public:

Hello
Yesterday my husband and I were visiting the Needles attraction and decided to take a boat trip out to the Needles.  On the boat were a group of children from your school.
We provided some feedback to one of the adults supervising the trip but I also wanted to contact you.
The children were the most well behaved children we have seen in a long time and it was a pleasure to share the boat trip with them. They did the school credit. 
 
Kind regards 
Helen

 
Dragon boat racing was the first activity of the day. One child was so fully prepared that he returned to his cabin to get his Wellington boats ready to battle the dragon. However, with no dragons in sight he just got completely soaked. Children have finally listened to the staff about taking responsibility for their medication however, some too diligent following the conversation below.
Child: "Will we be going on the water?"
Teacher: "Yes, boats tend to go on the water."
Child: "Will I need to take my travel pills for that?"

Once kitted out in buoyancy vests, the children practised chanting "we were born ready!" whenever they were asked "are you ready?"  Excitement filled the air as well as nerves.
Teacher:" anyone scared of dragons?"
Children: "no"
Teacher: "dragons pop up out of the water occasionally so you must be careful"
Child: "do they breathe fire on you?"
Teacher:" not on Thursdays"

Everyone survived the racing and even though some got a little wet so many children said "that's the best activity ever."  However, it was hard to tell who was more competitive the children or the staff. The other mornings activities was yet another time whereby children showed off their teamwork skills. More words of encouragement were given and children conquered their fears on abseiling towers. Children were spurred on and were on cloud nine when they said "I never thought I'd be able to do that!"

 

 


After lunch, the children put on their harnesses again and enjoyed abseiling, climbing and working their way through the challenge course. The children entertained the teachers with their amusing concentration faces and determination when on wobbling ropes.  One child, however, was very confused about the ropes they were attached to:
Instructor: grab THE rope
Child: which one?
Instructor: the only rope
Child: where?
Instructor: the one right in front of you

After a dinner of pasta bolognese and chocolate cupcakes, we were ready to head to the beach for the final time this week.  Upon arrival, the children were full of questions:
Where's the water gone?
Is this a desert?
Is that the river we crossed when we came to the Isle of Wight?
Are we still in England?

Conservation was still at the forefront of the children's minds when one child asked:"Is this one of those beaches that you can't take  sand from?"  With a serious look, the teacher nodded but said "you can take a shell though."  With delight, that child went off to find her treasure.

The evening sunshine was perfect. The children enjoyed finding shells and shrimps, making trails in the sand, running freely on the beach, playing football and rounders and watching the hovercraft go by.

Our thanks go to Bungle and Humpty again because they very kindly gave up their evening for the children to enjoy their last evening of such a fantastic week.  Before the children boarded the coach Bungle and Humpty lined them up in two lines and led the infamous Ryde Sand Dance. All children danced their hearts out and shook the sand off "Wight styley".

The children have entertained the staff throughout the day but the final quote goes to Mr Adams who said tongue in cheek: "I'm sure after over 2 hours of running around the beach they will be sleep in no time." Now this is one positive staff comment too far.

Day 5

Packing began at 6:45am this morning as it was departure day! Children leave the Island being able to sort laundry and pack their own bags. However, no promises can be made as to whether or not they actually have their own belongings, especially members of Cabin 5 (the "Ugly" cabin). 

 

The children have grown in confidence over the week and the belayers could barely keep up with the climbers as children rocketed up towers for the final time today. Children have recognised their own achievements as many commented about how far they got to at the start of the week compared to the end of the week. What a fantastic achievement for everyone. The mornings activities once again brought out the great Woodlands spirit in everyone as spontaneous rounds of applause were given when children overcame their fears.  

 

Lunch was eaten in record breaking time as we were keen to make the ferry. The ride to the ferry was hassle free and we set sail on time. Minds turned to home as children discussed what they were looking forward to and what they wanted to tell their families about from PGL.  

 

Humpty and Bungle got everyone home safely and the film they put on was perfect peaceful entertainment for the children. The M25 was, once again, very kind to us and we even managed to return earlier than planned.

 

It has been an eventful and jam packed week. We are confident that the children have made memories to last a life time and will look back fondly with the experiences they have had.  Staff have made lifetime memories too and will miss several things about their PGL experience. 

Miss Ridger knows that the staff are going to miss the daily "anything to blog about?" question but personally the memory of answering the "occasional" question of 'when are we....? Are we...? and what time...?" has left a lasting scar on her. 

Mrs Stone is going to miss holding doors open in A&E for teachers and members of the public. 

Mrs Anacleto has added to her skill set because she leaves the Island as a skilful negotiator.  She will miss asking for more bottles of water in the dining hall due to children losing or accidentally breaking them. 

Miss Newman is worried that her sense of smell might now be damaged and will miss saying "woah, open a window, there's such a pungent smell in here" at lights out time. 

Mrs Brooks is going to miss wearing a sweaty helmet.  

Mrs Timms is going to miss adjusting harnesses on children and having her hair swished by children every time they pass her. 

Miss Powell is looking forward to a quiet nights sleep and will miss her room mate's snoring.  

Mr Adams is going to miss playing football and doing 27,000 steps a day. 

Mr Stokes is going to miss sounding like a parrot by constantly counting to the same wrong number when counting in members of his group. 

Miss Gould will miss calling out "shoe laces" whenever children pass her. 

Mrs Jennings leaves the Island with stronger arm muscles and is looking forward to walking through doorways normally rather than performing some flexible arm/body movement with her rucksack and first aid kit. 

 

Now for the Oscar ceremony speech part of the blog.

Thank you to Red and Ben for their energy and enthusiasm during the week. They were great groupies who met all of our requests and last minute decision changes with smiles. 

 

A big thank you to Bungle and Humpty for yet another year of great banter and fun. Even though their gluing skills might be iffy, their little wind up jokes with the children have proved very entertaining. They have been very generous with their time and their generosity kindly extended to the buying of treats for the teachers  which was a lovely surprise. We hope they got back to Norfolk al'Wight' as the Dartford Crossing was living up to its Bank Holiday get away reputation.

 

An absolute massive thank you all the Woodlands staff who came on the trip. They have worked exceptionally hard. They have gone above and beyond at various points during the week and have never complained about playing another game of football, administering first aid in the late hours of the evening or for being on their feet for over 16 hours a day. They have pushed many children to go further than they would ever expect and have encouraged, comforted and laughed with children despite energy levels feeling low at times. Well done one and all.

 

Finally, thank you to anyone who has kindly left a comment on this blog and named and shamed children! Have a restful half term everyone. 

  • nicki gibson 5 months ago
    Lovely to hear your great news, all sounds fantastic and we wish we were there. Thank you and cant wait for the next update. Hope you get a good nights sleep. Enjoy
  • Mrs Priestley 5 months ago
    Glad you are all having so much fun. Missing you at school - it's very quiet. Hope you all get lots of sleep tonight.....Wight bye for now.
  • Maureen Carroll 5 months ago
    So glad you have arrived safely and are already having a fabulous time! Keep making wonderful memories!
  • Kirsty shircore 5 months ago
    So glad the kids are having a fab time- I think the teachers deserve a large glass of vino tonight :)
  • Susan Palmer 5 months ago
    Wow! What an amazing start to the week! Sounds like you're all having a great time. Can't wait for the next update!
  • Angela Littlewood 5 months ago
    WOW!! Looks like you are all having a fabulous time and everyone looks very happy!! Have fun and we can't wait to read the blog and see more pictures and videos tomorrow evening!! Xx
  • Stacey Tadman 5 months ago
    Glad to hear you've all arrived safely. Sounds like your all having a brilliant time, what an exhausting day for you all! Enjoy the rest of the week, sun cream at the ready :) Can't wait to hear all your stories. Have a great time x
  • Liz cole 5 months ago
    Excellent first update.. throughly enjoyed reading it.. I had a good chuckle to myself! It was very quite at school today, I hope you all have an amazing time, looking forward to the next update..
  • Anna-Marie Whalley 5 months ago
    Glad you are having an amazing time already! So quiet at home!! Have fun the rest of the week!! X
  • lisa gofton 5 months ago
    Looks and sounds amazing, definitely more than just 'all wight'! Have loads of fun and make some fantastic memories. Looking forward to seeing what exciting adventures you have next.
  • The Weedens 5 months ago
    It looks like you are all having an amazing time, thank you so much to all the teachers. Charlie we are missing you loads but we are coping. Daisy said it was very quiet at school without you there today and its very quiet at home too! Have an amazing time and we look forward to hearing all about it on Friday!
  • Deborah Ellis 5 months ago
    Looks like the start of a fabulous adventure..... have fun!
  • Sophie pizzey 5 months ago
    Looks like you're all having an awesome time!! Glad you're safe and well and the sun is shining for you all, have fun and I'm looking forward to more updates and pics soon!!
  • Laura Hibbs 5 months ago
    Thank you for the update, I'm so pleased to hear that you've had such a Fab day and we agree that Coach As joke was a classic! Very funny indeed. Have a great first night and I can't wait to hear more throughout the week. Milissa's mummy Xx
  • Fiona Forward 5 months ago
    Lovely to see you all having a great time 😁 we can't wait to see what you get upto tomorrow.
  • Niccola Crouch 5 months ago
    Sounds like you are all having a great time and what fab weather too! Enjoy tomorrow - already looking forward to the next update ...
  • Mrs Shone 5 months ago
    Brilliant video. So good to see you all arrived safely and had such a great journey. Looks like you have already been having a fabulous time. Hope you all managed to get out of the maze... Enjoy the rest of the week. Can't wait see more videos.
  • Tessa Troubridge 5 months ago
    Fabulous footage of day 1. Video is inspired - thrilled they've all had a brilliant first day. Can't wait for tomorrow's installment!
  • Kieron Carroll 5 months ago
    So glad the journey went well. They all look so happy. Cracking video 👍🏻
  • nicky poole 5 months ago
    We loved watching the video and reading about your 1st day, hope the sun keeps shining for you all and you have the best week! Don't forget the suncream, as I'm sure we will all have some gorgeously brown kiddies arriving back on Friday (actually that could just be the dirt!) Hats off to all you teachers/staff for sharing this amazing adventure with our year 6's, can't wait for tomorrows update xx
  • Sarah Hart 5 months ago
    What a very lucky lot you are! Your first day looked so much fun. A big thanks to the fab teachers for sharing what you've been up to today and buying toothbrushes for those annoying mums who haven't quite remembered everything ;) Looking forward to seeing more of your adventures!
  • Jayne Norman 5 months ago
    So glad you got there safe and sound. Looks like the fun has begun already! Looking forward to tomorrow's update. Have fun everyone x
  • Yolanda Frost 5 months ago
    So pleased to hear all has gone so well with the journey there. It is very quiet at home, but we look forward to hearing about all the wonderful adventures!
  • Clare Rennie 5 months ago
    Thank you for your fabulous first update. It was wonderful to see you all enjoying yourselves and I look forward to reading your next update. A well deserved rest tonight for you all hopefully!!
  • Carol and Mark Meyer 5 months ago
    It's so lovely to see all your smiley faces. It looks like you're all having a fabulous time on the tabogan run and boat. Enjoy every moment and look forward to hearing more tomorrow 😊
  • Zoe Kirk 5 months ago
    Wow!! you squeezed loads into your first day!!! Looks like your all having a great time, cant wait for the next up date!! Lots of hugs Bailey Thompson mum x
  • Anonymous 5 months ago
    Lots of waving!
  • Linda Beesley 5 months ago
    Looks brilliant fun, enjoy the rest of your adventure. 😀 So sorry for your friends unable to be with you, including my grandson 😢. Stay safe 🙏
  • Veronika Hadaway 5 months ago
    That looks amazing and so much fun. X
  • Valerie and Roy Beckett 5 months ago
    Looks like you are all having so much fun!!! Loved seeing the video and pictures. Can't wait to hear all about it when you get back. Brooke and Madison's nanny and grandad. Xx
  • Joseph Minchin 5 months ago
    Hi guys hope you are having lots of fun and I also hope that the weather has been good for you too. See you soon. Joseph 6 Juniper
  • Amber Ellis 5 months ago
    Wow! Wish I was there! Sounds like so much fun!! Looking forward to seeing more photos, (hopefully of Tula) and fingers crossed the weather stays gorgeous while you're all over there! Tula's mum x
  • Jean Robertson 5 months ago
    Hope it wasn't you WILLIAM SOCHON, that brought his breakfast up. I know you do get car sick sometime!!!!!! Hope you and your friends have a great week WILL, look after your teachers and "don't forget your vest" if it's cold. Love Nanny xxxx
  • Jo Weston 5 months ago
    Glad to here you are all having fun. X
  • Kate Marriage 5 months ago
    What a fantastic video and what a fantastic time you all seem to be having! Hope you all have a brilliant week!
  • Nicky poole 5 months ago
    Joe Poole you have been busted on that cabin video! Couldn't believe how many of your things we saw in the floor!! We couldn't stop laughing when your slipper and sock were the final scene! Wow, just wow again, looks like an amazing day! Enjoy the needles tomorrow, can't wait for our sand gifts!! Hee hee! Xx
  • Sophie pizzey 5 months ago
    Another fab day, looks so exciting and the films look so professional how incredible!! Wish they were a bit slower though lol I can't seem to spot anyone. 🙈🤣
  • Michele Davey 5 months ago
    Oh the shame. I recognise a suitcase in the ugly section. Glad you're having a good time.
  • Alex Curry 5 months ago
    Congratulations to all the Woodlands teachers - you are amazing for making this trip so special for all of them! Max's mum
  • Fiona forward 5 months ago
    Awesome dab and hat skills Mr George, your not missing much here william is watching flash zzzzzz😴 looking forward to seeing what adventure you get up to tomorrow xx
  • Julia Grange 5 months ago
    Glad to see you are not wasting time tidying bedrooms - just get out there and have lots of fun! Don't forget to come home on Friday though!
  • Jo Tickner 5 months ago
    Looks like you're all having an amazing time, making memories. Enjoy trip to the needles tomorrow, I know you was excited about that trip Molly... keep smiling xxxx
  • Niccola Crouch 5 months ago
    Brilliant day 2 - loving the video updates ! Hope you have a great day at the Needles tomorrow 😀
  • Nicki Collins 5 months ago
    Love these updates. What an action packed amazing time you are all having. We can't wait to see Elliott Friday but also don't want this adventure to end for them all. P.s none of Elliott's stuff in the room photos but they certainly resemble his bedroom floor at home! X
  • Toni Stevens 5 months ago
    It sounds like your all having an amazing adventure. I'll look forward to the next instalment tomorrow. Enjoy the needles.
  • Angela Littlewood 5 months ago
    ZZZzzzz such an early start!. LOL Where are you getting all the energy from? Loving the updates and can't wait to watch the live webcam tomorrow! Enjoy! Hats off to Miss Powell for the amazing videos! xx
  • Sree 5 months ago
    Very Glad to see all children are Having memorable time with Teachers..I thoroughly enjoyed reading and watching. Great efforts to the Team .Have a fantastic time you all. Thanks alot for The updates. Excited to see Tomarrow's update. XX
  • Corinna Taylor 5 months ago
    Wow another amazing day! It looks like you are all having a brilliant time. The daily updates and videos are excellent. Enjoy every minute Daniel. Lots of love xxxxxxxx
  • Amanda Miller 5 months ago
    WOW - what an amazing second day. Once again such fabulous write up and video footage from the Woodlands Production team. Surely Oscar worthy ;-) Joseph Miller - how many times do we tell you to keep your room tidy at home!!! Can't believe you made it into the 'ugly' room footage, you should be so proud of yourself! AND you've been busted with the sweets. Ha ha ha.
  • Joseph 5 months ago
    Hi friends. Looks like you had even more fun than yesterday so keep on having fun. Wight got to go now bye From Joseph 6 juniper.
  • Victoria price 5 months ago
    Looks like you are having an amazing time, it is very quiet at home lol. Enjoy the rest of the week and see you on Friday xxx
  • The Williams Family 5 months ago
    Glad to see that Elliot has at least unpacked his wash bag and towel, even if they have only made it as far as the bedroom floor! Loving the videos! Have a great time today!
  • Jean Robertson 5 months ago
    Terrible mess - hope nobody contemplating a career in the Army!
  • Deborah Ellis 5 months ago
    Looks like you're all having an amazing time! Such a fab experience for everyone to remember (even the state of the rooms!!!!) Thank yo to all the teachers for putting up with our horrors! X
  • maria jones 5 months ago
    its been many years since Rich was there but still enjoy watching the clips,fab weather too,glad to see you are all having fun
  • Kevin Weston 5 months ago
    Make the most of these special times together, as these will be memories that you remember for ever. Have fun all. (Teachers and helpers included). 😁💕😁
  • Niccola Crouch 5 months ago
    Loving the blog 😀 - almost feels like we are there with you just without all the noise 😂 ! The updates are the highlight of my day - thank you to all the teachers and helpers for making them so entertaining . Enjoy tomorrow . X
  • Simon Sanctuary 5 months ago
    A massive thank you to the teachers and helpers for this wonderful opportunity. Tonbridge is that little bit quieter at the moment.... enjoy the rest of the week!
  • Liz cole 5 months ago
    Sitting down with a cuppa and reading the adventures of year 6 has been the highlight of my evenings the past two nights.!! The good the bad and the ugly had me in stitches Now the embarrassing mum bit... I hope you've been brushing your teeth, saying your please and thank yous and have been in bed by 7:30 each night with teddy and rabbit!.. lookong forward to tomorrows update.
  • Annabel Hewitt 5 months ago
    I went to the IOW last year and it was amazing! Glad everyone there is having a fab time 😄😄😄. Those cabins look so much nicer than the ones last year but the mess is still as bad (if not worse!).
  • Tinmar Kyaw 5 months ago
    Lovely to watch all the clips, looks like you all are having a wonderful time in glorious weather, thank you so much to the teachers and helpers for this amazing opportunity. Enjoy the rest of the week.
  • Susan Palmer 5 months ago
    My goodness I'm tired just reading how much you've done today! What amazing memories you're making. May the sun continue to shine for you!
  • Mrs Barnett 5 months ago
    Hi Woodlands Year 6 It looks like you're having an amazing time and perfect weather .... for drying out those smelly, muddy clothes and towels over the rails of your cabins! No excuses!2padnGlad to hear the food is still top notch and you are finding courage that you never knew you had! And the teachers too! Have you done any team building games yet? Happy memories Love to all
  • Daniel Miller 5 months ago
    Hi Joe - hope you are having a nice time, it looks great! I feel bad you got busted with your sweets and I didn't, ha boi!!!! Please tell me you're not the ONLY one bare foot on the beach!!!!! Loving the stylish orange caps ;-) See ya Friday Joe, love from Dan
  • Julia Grange 5 months ago
    Looks like you have had another brilliant day. We are looking forward to our souvenirs. Is there anything left in the shop?!
  • Mrs Corbett 5 months ago
    Missing Year 6 terribly at school but it's great to see them enjoying the trip. Looks like room inspection was successful, shame on you Year 6. Keep going teachers, two more days and you can sleep for a week!
  • Lisa Jones 5 months ago
    Looks and sounds like you are all having an amazing week so far! The updates are fab and have enjoyed reading them. Enjoy the rest of the week!!
  • Mrs Baker 5 months ago
    Wow! All smiles that's positive! Love the write up and video/photo footage. Glad to hear they are having such fun and very lucky with the weather. Miss you loads Natasha; such a wonderful experience for you and all. Thank you to all the Teachers and Teaching Assistants for all your hard work looking after them. (I'm sure your having fun too !!!!). look forward to the next episode.
  • Karen Sochon 5 months ago
    Loving hearing and seeing your adventures! You all look like you're having so much fun. You're so lucky to have such great teachers looking after you and ensuring you make some amazing memories. Even luckier to have Mrs Stone's commentary whilst on your travels!!! Can't wait to see you on Friday...well done for getting at the front of the photo Will!!!😂 Hair still looking good too!!👌🏼Hope your nice fleecy joggers are keeping you toasty warm!!😎☀️
  • Jayne norman 5 months ago
    Was very surprised to not see Euan's pants on the bedroom floor... maybe we can keep our bedroom at home just as tidy! Haha! Very jealous of all the fun you're having. You are missed an awful lot! Happy Birthday for Friday Euan. We love you millions x
  • Karen Sochon 5 months ago
    Just loving seeing how much fun you're all having! How lucky you are to have such incredible teachers ensuring you make memories that will last a lifetime. Plus Mrs Stone's commentary accompanying your travels!! What more can you wish for?? Well done Will for getting to the front of the photo!!👍🏼 Hair still looking good!😂 Hope your thick, fleecy joggers are keeping you nice and toasty warm!!😳😂 Can't wait to see you all on Friday ❤️
  • Pauline Jones 5 months ago
    I have enjoyed reading posts of my granddaughters trip to the Isle of Wight,brings back happy memories of 1967 when we went to the Lake district with Woodlands and Mrs Beatty,keep up the good work
  • Kirsty Shircore 5 months ago
    So pleased you are having such an amazing time-memories are being made for forever. I'm also Happy that I don't have to clean up the mess being made for a change. Enjoy your last full day and to all the teachers I did suggest you all have a large glass of wine but I feel you all now deserve a bottle - thanks for looking after the children so well :) Looking forward to seeing you Zachary on Friday the house is not the same without you xx
  • Rebecca Neale 5 months ago
    Wow. Looks like you are all having a fantastic time! Oops Josh, looks like you made the messy room picture! Maybe you should practise cleanliness at home? We all can't wait to see you Friday. love you loads.
  • Anna-Marie Whalley 5 months ago
    Looks like you are having loads of fun! Thankyou to all the teachers/helpers for looking after them. Looking forward to seeing you tomorrow Caitlin!! Love you! X
  • Michele Davey 5 months ago
    Oh wow how proud have you made me feel that a member of the public took the time to say how good you've all been. It looks like you've had a fab time and I'm sorry it's coming to an end for you but I can't wait to see you tomorrow. Harry I hope your wash bag made it out of your case at some point. X
  • Angela Littlewood 5 months ago
    Another awesome looking day!! Dragon boat racing looked like a real laugh!! 😜I really have looked forward to the blogs evening night. Thanks to all the teachers for making this trip so enjoyable and memorable for you all. Enjoy your last morning tomorrow before heading home. Can't wait to see you Brooke and Madison 😘😘
  • Karen sochon 5 months ago
    Another incredible day for you all and real tear jerking stuff for this emotional mum!! Staff and children all looking fantastic in the beautiful sunshine, and what an amazing email, so proud! Looking forward to tomorrow so much! See all you weary lot then!! X
  • Jean Robertson 5 months ago
    Oh Wills, bet you will sleep for 24 hours when you get home! What early starts to your days1 See you on SATURDAY for a barbecue and the CUP FINAL. Come on the ARSENAL! Safe journey home and thanks to all the teachers for giving you such a great experience.Well done to the children for earning the lovely letter praising you all. love Nanny xAYP4
  • Nicki Collins 5 months ago
    Wow, the dragon boat race looked like so much fun. I want to have a go! Thank you so much to all the adults for making this such a memorable trip and what a lovely email about how well behaved the children are. We've loved these updates each night. I bet you could all sleep for a week now! Enjoy a well earned rest over half term x
  • Becs Hewitt 5 months ago
    Will had an amazing time 😀 He's arrived home really happy and tired (he was one of those early 4.30 risers!). A huge thank you to all the staff who have helped make it a special and memorable experience.
  • Becs Hewitt 5 months ago
    Will had an amazing time 😀 He's arrived home really happy and a little tired (he was one of those early 4.30am risers!). A huge thank you to all the staff who have helped make this a special and memorable experience.
  • Kirsty Shircore 5 months ago
    Thanks so much for making amazing memories. Zach has literally not drawn breath since we got home. He's had such a fantastic week. Thanks so much for looking after them and making these fab blogs. So happy he's had such a great week but I'm so happy to have my baby boy back :)
  • Deborah Ellis 5 months ago
    A HUGE thank you to everyone who made this trip possible. Katherine had an incredible time and has certainly grown up during her week in the Isle of Wight. She has some amazing memories that will last a lifetime- thank you so much....
  • Stacey Tadman 5 months ago
    Wow you've all had such a fab week and have loved the updates. Thank you so much to the staff for making this possible and providing life long memories for the children. I have a very tired young man who will make the most of having a day off tomorrow.
  • Alison Porté 5 months ago
    A massive thank you to all the teachers and everyone who made this trip amazing for the children! Emelia had a fantastic time and has been telling us all about her adventures and achievements! I have an extremely happy but very tired 11 yr old and suitcase full of smelly washing!! 😉😃
  • Madison Littlewood, 6 Willow 5 months ago
    Thanks to all the teachers for the experience, I have had an amazing time. I've come home very tired, but ready for sweets !!! Couldn't have survived without my friends either! Thank u!! 😜 PGL was so fun and there was not a boring moment with all the activities we had to do. 👍
  • Susan Palmer 5 months ago
    Thank you so much to all the staff members, coach drivers and PGL staff who made this trip possible. You've all worked so hard and Hannah has lots of special memories which will stay with her for a lifetime. This blog has been fantastic this week and just having the videos, pictures and detailed information of what she's been up to has been wonderful. Enjoy the rest over half term, I'm sure the staff need it!!
  • The Weedens 5 months ago
    A huge thank you to all the adults involved in making the year 6 trip such a memorable one. Charlie loved every moment of it and he could not choose a favourite activity as he said they were all brilliant. When we asked about the food he said it was all delicious in fact there was nothing he didn't love. Have a relaxing break and thank you so much again.
  • Jon Gutteridge 5 months ago
    I went on a similar trip to Sayers Croft in Sussex when I was at Primary school. That was nearly 60 years ago but I do remember that we all had a really good time. It does look, though, as if our grandson, Elliot, and the rest of Woodlands year 6 have had an even better time on the Isle of Wight. Of course, there wasn't the technology then to keep my parents and grandparents as well informed as this blog has. Well done kids and well done to the teachers, coach drivers and PGL staff for making their stay such an enjoyable one. Here's hoping that, in another 60 years, these kids will be able to look back and say "We all had a really good time."
  • Bungle and Humpty 5 months ago
    We both love our trip with Woodlands to the Isle of Wight and this year was another cracker! The kids have been great as usual and it's been a pleasure watching all of the kids have such a good time. However the main reason why we look forward to this trip each year is the now familiar staff from Woodlands who work so hard to ensure the trip is a success and make our job so easy. We are already looking forward to next year! See you then!
  • Mo Carroll 5 months ago
    I'd like to say a HUGE thank you to all the staff and drivers for giving the children a week to remember and bringing them all Home safe and sound. I've really enjoyed reading the updates and daily shinanigins! Well done to everyone! 😀👍🏼

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