Y4 at Hooke Court Day Three!

26/11/2021

Birthday update: 

So today we have a birthday! We tried to persuade L to delay it and be 8 for another week, but she wasn't having any of it! We celebrated at breakfast with a cake, candle, sparkler and a rousing chorus of happy birthday! Then, as you do for birthdays, there were cards and presents - L is pleased with her book on animals and everyone loved the title 'Funny Bums and Freaky Beaks'! There are pics in the album below. 

Today, it's a little damp, but the sun is peeking through too. Some of us are making onegars and others are building and testing aqueducts. There are a few pics of this below but, as we have officially 'checked out', we are relying only on 4G to get things uploaded so it is more challenging. 

Instructions for meeting us are below (and in yesterday's update). We'll see you on the playground at 3:30ish! 

 

FRIDAY!!! 

Morning all! 

Well .... we're all a bunch of early risers! There are still a few Sleeping Beauties about but, as of 6:24 this morning, most of us were awake and up! 

Today we have a lot to do; pack our cases (we’ll do our best but these might be a little less organised than how they were packed with you and we can absolutely guarantee that there will be stuff belonging to others in them too!), have breakfast, strip our beds off and then head out to build aqueducts and onegars. We are hoping it’ll be a beautiful day again, just like yesterday! 

After lunch, the coaches arrive and we’ll start heading back to school. We aim to arrive at 3:40ish but will let school know if we are delayed by traffic - occasionally it can be busy! 

As we said yesterday, please wait on the playground for us and we will bring your child there. Bags will be unloaded from the coaches and you will be able to collect these from the pavement. Please be aware that, after 3 days and 2 nights of living life to the full, your children (& the staff!) are likely to be a little emotional when they see you; this is entirely normal. A residential experience is an experience like no other and this year has been no different. 

Your children have been amazing! Year 4 is one of my favourite age groups to bring on a residential; they are funny, enthusiastic, kind and thoroughly enjoy life. Year 4 have impressed us no end with their boundless enthusiasm for everything over these last couple of days and several of the Hooke Court staff have said how impressed they are with our behaviour choices, our kindness and our knowledge of the Roman Empire. One member of the team here has even said how much they look forward to working with us and were always glad to see our booking on the calendar! Your children have learned how to be independent and resilient and they have flourished; I am so proud of them (& the staff)!

Well, off to remind everyone to get dressed in those layers! There may be a few photos today but as we have to update without wifi, there won't be as many as yesterday.

We’ll let you know when we leave. See y’all soon!