Saturday 28 June, 2014
On arrival, the children found out the groups they would be in for their activities for the week. They had a short time to explore Sealyham Mansion and the grounds, as well as unpacking their bags before dinner. But no time was wasted with the first activity starting on Sunday evening.Luke’s birthday was also celebrated on Sunday evening with a slice of cake each!With children from Compton spread across several different groups they all had different activities at different points throughout the week. But largely, they all got to do the same ones.
There was a huge range of activities, from bivi to coasteering, trim trail to high ropes, orienteering to archery, amongst a host of others. I think all of the children; Miss H-P and myself included, faced and conquered some of our fears at some point in the week. Whether it was heights, water or ghost stories! The week provided an excellent opportunity for children to mix and meet others who will be heading to the Down’s in September. I think all of the children made new friends and quickly integrated with other schools, which was great to see.
For me one of the best aspects about the week was seeing the progression all of the children made in some way with regards to their confidence and ownership of their own responsibilities. Alongside small things like making their own lunch, they have to ensure they have the correct clothing for each activity, make sure they are on time for everything and are generally encouraged to think for themselves as much as possible. By the end of the week they were very much looking out for and helping each other. It was great to see! The only thing they proved not to be able to take responsibility of was the state of their rooms! With both the Compton boys and Compton girls rooms taking the wooden spoon in the neatest room competition! (Although they all seemed very happy with the accolade!)
Every single Compton child was a pleasure to be around throughout the week. The behaviour was excellent and they represented the school very well. I know all of the children thoroughly enjoyed themselves throughout the week and had a great time. I wouldn’t be surprised if Pembrokeshire was their destination of choice for their next holiday!
Thanks to all of the children for making it a great week for Miss H-P and myself!