Cornwall Residential 2018 - photos

Monday 11th June 2018
 

Hello from sunny Cornwall! The trip down was excellent; all children (and adults) were very excited and well behaved.  Arriving at the youth hostel, the children were amazed by their snooze boxes and the panoramic views.  This afternoon we visited Par Beach (otherwise known as Parbados) and great fun was had by all. The children paddled in the sea, searched rock pools and showed excellent teamwork in our sandcastle competition.

 

Have you ever travelled to dinner on a tractor-train? Well, we have!  All the children were amazed by the views of the biomes and couldn’t believe that this is their home for the week.

 

Food! No one will be going hungry this week!  The children tucked in heartily to the excellent cuisine: sausages, pasta bake, jacket potatoes with a variety of fillings, salad then fruit, jelly or sticky toffee pudding to finish - so many things to choose from.  

 

After dinner activities encouraged the children to be sporty, ready for a good night’s sleep. We visited Charles Town and learnt the history of the place and saw the film setting of Poldark. We then went for a final stroll along Charlestown beach where we explored caves, collected interesting pebbles and skimmed stones into the sea whilst watching a beautiful sunset.

 

Enjoy the first set of photographs…

Tuesday 12th June

 

Breakfast: what a choice! Bacon, sausage or egg butties, followed by pain au chocolate or croissants, and of course, healthy fruit choices.  On a full stomach the children collected their lunch boxes ready to spend a day exploring the diversity of wildlife at the Eden Project. 

 

Treasure hunting and fire carriers were on the agenda and we all had great fun, not forgetting the visit to the well-stocked gift shop (which has now had to be re-stocked)!

 

After another gourmet evening meal, we travelled to Fowey and were amazed by the beauty of the town in the evening sunshine.

Wednesday 13th June
 

On today’s agenda was a moorland walk, and walk we did for many miles! We packed up our lunch boxes and waterproofs and set off with sunglasses and sun lotion aplenty to Bodmin Moor ready to explore the local countryside.  

 

Simon, our guide, shared legends of bogarts, ancient Cornish traditions and took us to see layered rocks thrown by giants: he taught us to read a compass and ordinance survey maps in order to find our way around a 10 km circuit of the moorlands. 

 

After a much-needed dinner this evening, we took a short walk around the Eden Project perimeter looking for deer and other wildlife. We then spent an hour on the top field playing with sports equipment, and finished the day with hot chocolate and biscuits.

Thursday 14th June

 

Wet and wild most certainly sums up today’s activities. Fitting into the wet suits after another sumptuous breakfast was certainly the challenge of the day!  The children were like human dolphins and mermaids in the calm, clear sea.

 

We had a brief lesson on how to use the canoes, kayaks and paddles and then it was straight in. We paddled from bay to bay rock pooling on our stop-offs, finding lobster crabs, sucker fish, weaver fish and were so lucky to get up close to the rarely seen Common Seal and Silver Seal. 

 

After a hearty picnic lunch, we had time to snorkel and jump from the cliff edge (if we felt brave enough): of course the teachers and instructors were water-bombed and joined in the fun.

 

After dinner, the children asked to revisit Charlestown – still no sign of Ross Poldark – where they spent an hour skimming stones into the sea. A fantastically exciting day in all.