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Adventures from the Isle of Wight 2019

Day 3

The beast is back...

It was an early start for Woodlands with our trip to the Needles today and so the children were woken before seven this morning - thankfully Mrs Brown did not wake us too early as she was hoping not to feature in the blog today, however she did wake the staff with a morning photograph via text so we felt it needed mentioning!

The beast... We were almost 34 hours clear of vomit and the victory dance was being rehearsed - staff and children alike were cheering (as we are sure you all have when reaching the end of the 48 hour clearance) - alas, our celebrations were premature... very premature. By the time breakfast had finished, two more had fallen foul to the beast and many others began feeling rather queasy (staff included). This did not bode well for our trip, however we were optimistic that again they were isolated incidents and when both children were spoken to, they were happy to come along and skip any very active activities. As we dished out the sandwiches, it became apparent that some of the choices may have been selected from home as an either/or, rather than one single selection - two boys weren’t keen on their cheese and jam/ham and jam concoctions and considering the resurfacing of the beast, we decided it was sensible to speak to the kitchen and get them swapped.

The trip to Alum Bay was more sedate than day one with children playing games and singing quietly - it appears that the lack of sleep really was having an effect! Miss Gould provided a source of entertainment when she fell backwards during her sickness-patrol and ended up resembling a disorientated stag beetle with FLUORESCENT pink toenails in the air. Not one to be outdone, Mrs Stone decided that she would also fall backwards in an equally dramatic fashion as we dismounted, however she managed to fall straight into SatNav’s lap... You can’t get the staff these days!

Upon arrival, the children were instantly drawn to the parade of shops that they had already mentally spent their money in. Many were planning what to buy for each member of their family whilst others were estimating how many sweets £15 would buy them. After a quick toilet (and coffee) stop, we were ready to attempt the huge number of steps separating us from our destination - we can assure you that the children complained far less on the way down! Since the steps caused so many moans, Mrs Hicks stood at the top filming the event for your amusement (once edited).

Once on the beach, children began discussing the erosion that was evident and attempted to find the caves, stacks and needles. One child excitedly declared how awesome it is to see what we have been learning about in REAL life. It is amazing to see the excitement on their faces at such moments. Sadly for us, this was followed by questions of “Are we still in England?” and “Can we see London over there?” (It was Bournemouth!) Geography and map work in Year 6 may need a little bit of revision in term six.

The boat ride was rocky although extremely enjoyable. The Needles were a fantastic sight and everyone was amazed to take in the sights and surrounding landscape. After this, we took a trip to the glassworks to watch a demonstration. The children showed excellent knowledge and Daisy even won herself a prize! After this, the children took themselves off to the shops to buy souvenirs and sweets... We are sure that most of you will be overwhelmed with the gifts coming your way on Friday, I’m not sure the shop has ever sold so many magnets and novelty plastic key rings...

As we reached our final destination, the children were itching to dip their feet in the sea. They were given clear instructions not to pass the points at which teachers were standing at, however this did not stop them from turning into soggy messes within minutes. Some children were a little more cautious, with one even asking Mrs Isaac (knee deep in water) “Is it wet in there?”. Others chose to show off their ball skills with the rounders set and two quite simply chose to be buried in the sand! Only one word could be used to describe the day’s events... INSANE!

Aside from vom-gate, another point to be noted is the huge number of teeth that appear to be falling out. Every time we turn around someone either has a tooth in their hand or is twisting one like Nanny McPhee! The tooth fairies may need to take out a loan - the children seem to think that they receive interest for each day that they hold on to them!

Yesterday’s quiz answers:
The child that was caught in the fence was Leo - he found the whole event very amusing!
Matthew required WD40 to escape his harness, his cool and calm nature saved the day.
Darcy and Millie showed incredible resilience and did not let themselves be overcome by fear. To be honest, everyone has behaved in an equally determined manner, but these two definitely deserved a mention.
The first three children to receive a forfeit were Alfie, Jack and Emily. Tutus, hair bands and fairy wings were out in force! Dexter came a close fourth and happily took his punishment with a smile on his face!

Today’s Quiz of the day:
Which child told the same joke, approximately 10-15 times, to almost every member of staff? Quote: What did the cow say to the goat? I’m dairy-free (we aren’t sure if the order of the joke was accurate...)
Which two children selected cheese and ham with jam for their packed lunches?
Whose hat blew into the water at the precise moment that they boarded the boat and had to be fished out by the staff?
Who spent £4.50 on Isle of Wight seasoning that he had been talking about ALL day?
Who asked for a Hoover after the sandy remnants from the beach came back to their cabin?
Who announced to the coach that they needed a body shower because they had sand in the wrong places?

Another incredible day of adventures filled with smiles and wonderful bursts of laughter. The children are making this an incredible experience for everyone involved.

  • Arianna (Gabriella’s sister)👭 5 months ago
    Thank you for the interesting and amazing updates! I can’t wait for my trip in year 6 as it sounds so much FUN!!!😃🤩I am missing my sister though 🥺 best regards to everyone - Arianna
  • Clare Plowman 5 months ago
    It’s so wonderful to read about all the fun and memories that are being made. Trying new experiences and having the determination to give it a go! Looking forward to Friday Millie P ❤️ xx
  • Matt 5 months ago
    Wear your hat Emily!
  • Tracey Cannam 5 months ago
    Sounds like a good time being had. Look forward to hearing more about Matthew’s adventures and entrapment in the harness on Friday. 🤣🤣
  • Sara Lawrence 5 months ago
    Wow! That sounds like an amazing, fun packed day! We are loving reading the blogs and finding out what you have all been up to. We miss you Luke and can’t wait to hear all about it on Friday!
  • Gemma Luff 5 months ago
    This blog has put a smile on my face every evening I read it so pleased all the children are having a great time can’t wait to hear all about it xx
  • Anne Savill 5 months ago
    Really enjoying reading the blog each day. Sounds if everyone is having a great time despite vom-gate. Missing you loads Amy, can not wait to see you on Friday .
  • Alise Garrett 5 months ago
    We are loving reading all about the fun times being had by all. Xx
  • Jorja (Sofia’s sister) 5 months ago
    I am really looking forward to our trip in year six. It sounds like you are having an excellent time, despite the sickness and all the teeth falling out. Can’t wait to see you on Friday Sofia.l Love Jorja ❤️♥️😘😂
  • Jeya 5 months ago
    Perfect combination of everything in this trip so far, sounds like, excellent!! This batch is probably the luckiest despite a few let downs, terribly missing you lakky and your little sis can't wait to pick up that fight with you on Friday.. :) And a big thanks to the wonderful team for putting this blog up, you don't know how much this means to us everyday...
  • Lin Sandys 5 months ago
    History suggests that Vikings used children's teeth (and other items from their children) to bring them good luck in battle ; we are hoping all these teeth will be a good omen in the vom-gate battle for the teachers. Lovely reading about your adventures.
  • Julie Turner 5 months ago
    It sounds like you're all having so much fun! We're looking forward to hearing about the room inspections, undoubtedly they'll all be spotless 😂 Enjoy every second of this fab trip, we're remembering to feed the fish, Alexander 🐡 xx
  • Ruth Hayfa 5 months ago
    Thanks for the updates. We love reading about all your adventures - it sounds brilliant! Hope you’ve been having a lot more fun (and a lot less vom) today. We all miss you Zoe and are looking forward to seeing you tomorrow!
  • Natasha, Del and Isla Mahoney 5 months ago
    It sounds like you are all having an amazing time, despite vom-gate!! Thank you for giving the children this opportunity and for the updates, it's lovely to hear all about your adventures. We are missing Beth lots, it's very quiet here, but we can't wait to see her tomorrow and hear all about it - knowing Beth she will be talking way into the weekend...
  • The hobden Family 5 months ago
    we are really enjoying reading the daily blogs and it looks like you are all having an amazing time, thank you, can't wait to have max back so he can tell us all about it

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