More updates from our Year 6 residential in Castleton.
Last night was voted the shortest sleep in history! Many felt that they had only just closed their eyes when it was time to get up! We set a new record for the number of rooms having to be woken for breakfast but the breakfast is well worth getting out of bed for.
Today was the final rotation of activities and we had our early rising rewarded with some glorious weather. So with great resolve, we collected our clothes from the drying room, some brave souls even decided shorts were the order of the day and we were ready for another action packed day.
The activities were well received again and everyone woke up rather quickly as they hit the first muddy puddle of the day! We are making quick progress with our activities, as we are now experts at attaching ourselves to karabiners and belaying ropes. Our knot tying is improving too! Many rafts have set sail this week to differing degrees of success! But it was the intrepid explorers who set of up Mam Tor that take the prize for overcoming challenges and facing them with a smile.
The weather was sunny as they left the centre for the 516m ascent of Mam Tor via Hollins Cross. It didn’t take long before a number of layers were being removed and they pressed on determined to reach the summit. A beautiful walk along the ridge took them to their goal and a glorious panorama of the Hope Valley. After admiring the view and a few photos we set of on our descent. This year we were able to take the harder route down the side of Mam Tor and after an exploration of the broken road we all returned ready for lunch and with an intrepid tale or two of their conquering of the hill!
Lunch was a mountain of hamburgers, almost as high as Mam Tor! After a brief pause to change to our waterproofs and boots the centre had lent us it was time to scale Mam Tor again, weasel a final hole and abseil our final route.
Once we arrived back from our activities and cleaned all our equipment. The teachers were greeted by hoards of perplexed looking children. They had a spare five minutes and didn’t know what to do with it! It was the first spare five minutes all week. This was quickly resolved, with the time filled beginning to pack and reclaim all the clothes that have been filling up the drying room. Lost property currently stands at 3 odd socks. These will become the prize for tonight’s eagerly anticipated Sketch Show.
Dinner was spaghetti bolognaise followed by, everybody’s favourite, lemon sponge and custard, (I think I saw some of the older boys having two pieces for old time’s sake!). What will we do next week without Dolly and Eileen, our wonderful cooks? After a final trip to the drying room to reclaim the final soggy shoe it was time... although some begged for bed by 8; there was no escape from retail therapy!
After spending our money, we were then entertained by the assorted sketches from each group showcasing all the antics and funny moments from the week. Memories were as diverse as falling over in sheep poo and trying to explain to Miss Hyman what green milk is! An after show party was held in the Green Corridor with everyone taking a turn in Mr Beck’s World Famous and utterly popular Crisp Lucky Dip and taking some well earned refreshments. We then headed to bed for our final night.