Hooke Court 2019




Morning all! 

So far Friday has started peacefully, although that may be because it’s only Miss W who is up! The Tooth Fairy was busy again last night and she’ll hopefully find her way back to school with us today, in between her collections, to catch up with you if needed! 

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!), have breakfast, strip our beds off and then head out to build aqueducts and onegars. We are hoping it’ll be a beautifully dry 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 in the hall 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. 

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 - this year has been no different. Your children have impressed us no end with their boundless enthusiasm for everything over these last couple of days, (some even want to live here!). They have learned how to be independent and resilient and they have flourished. I am so proud of them all! 

Right, off to rouse the troops. I think they’re pretty tired, the hallway is absolutely silent - even the owl has stopped hooting! 

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


Day TWO!

Thursday evening update. 

Tonight’s dinner was a delicious and noisy affair - sausages with roast potatoes and veg followed by, and this was very exciting, chocolate cake and chocolate custard. When the chef revealed pudding, there was a spontaneous cheer and round of applause! 

We have spent the evening learning about the life of a Roman soldier and we have practised some of the exercises soldiers would have done. These included  practising target throwing with bean bags, collecting ‘logs’ and running these round a circuit as well as moving ‘hot rocks’ down a guttering pipe. It was a busy evening and we decided that actually Romans were very fit because they had done all that exercise with all their heavy armour on! We learnt about the reasons for different parts of the armour and volunteered Miss Staff and Mr Clark to dress up and model this for us. I’m sure there are pictures to share somewhere! 

Our mosaic making has also been a great success and we will all be bringing home our own small mosaic to show you. These will come back to school with us and we’ll sort them out early next week.  

Tonight everyone had a shower and we have taken care to pack our bags and to go to bed a little earlier as we are quite tired! Please be aware that, despite our very best efforts, children are likely to come home with their own clothes but also some belonging to others. It is quite tricky keeping everything contained! Some children (and some of the grown ups!) may also be a little emotional when they see you as we have been very busy for very long days. We’ve had a brilliant time and everyone has been amazing at everything they have done. The Hooke Court staff have continued to be impressed with our knowledge of the Roman Era, our willingness to work as teams and our lovely manners - there have been lots of ‘please’ and ‘thank you’ and the chef was given nearly 75 high fives as children thanked him for the amazing pudding! 

We’d also like to let you know that we all agreed (children included) to save our sweets until Friday night because, when we checked the labels, we were unable to guarantee that all the goodies were from a nut-free factory. As I’m sure you’ll appreciate, the safety of all of our children is paramount and we were not prepared to compromise on this. The children demonstrated real maturity and understanding in this collective decision and instead have been treated to extra large and extra delicious puddings from the amazing chef here, as well as extra stories and extra time before ‘lights out’. And now, of course, they realise that they have treats to look forward to when they get home tomorrow! 

Tomorrow we are looking forward to targeting our teachers (and by ‘teachers we all mean Miss Windross!) with our home made catapults and to making aqueducts. 

Along with our completely amazing children, I also need to say a big thank you to our amazing Portway staff; they continue to be among the best I have worked with. Miss Patterson, Miss Abbott, Mr Kirby, Mrs Staff, Mrs Fettes, Mr Clark, Miss McSherry and Miss Staff have worked tirelessly all hours of the day and night to ensure our children have had a great time. They have read stories, given hugs, brushed hair and listened endlessly and have worked so very hard to make sure everyone has been looked after brilliantly. I am very glad to work with such an amazing team both here and back at school.

Anyway, almost time for ‘adult lights out’ so there’s only time to say that we aim to be back at school around 3:40 tomorrow afternoon. Please wait in the hall for us as the teachers will bring children off the coaches and to the hall. You can then collect your children and afterwards go to collect their bags which will have been unloaded from the coaches and lined up on the pavement. Please make sure that you tell the member of staff that you are taking your child as we will worry if anyone just disappears. 

I really hope that all makes sense! We’ll hope to add a couple of updates tomorrow but I need to sign off now because I really am very tired!! We look forward to seeing you all tomorrow! 


Day ONE!


Well it's been a busy evening! We have explored the life of a  Roman soldier and designed and made mosaics. We then chilled out in front of a DVD (The Lego Movie, or The BFG depending on what house you are in) and then got ourselves sorted out for bed. We all got a bedtime story from a member of staff and were tucked in for the night, just as the Tooth Fairy did her rounds! Everyone has been amazing and drifted off pretty well. We can now hear the owls hooting and some gentle snoring - here's hoping for a peaceful night! The internet really is VERY slow so please bear with us for pics! 

It's gone midnight now so we are off to bed and we'll see you (bright and early no doubt!) tomorrow. 



Hi all. It’s been a busy afternoon. We made our beds, had lunch and got cracking on some team building activities really quickly. We have rolled ammonites down guttering pipes, got everyone to one side of a ‘river’ using only plastic mats and arranged ourselves in date of birth order on planks of wood. So far it’s been a great afternoon and the children have all done themselves proud with helping and supporting each other. Already they are proving themselves to be kind, understanding and empathetic friends. The sky is beginning to turn a lovely shade of blue as well so things are looking GOOD! We hope to upload some pics soon. The WiFi isn’t as strong here as at school so they may take a while to upload. Please be patient with us, we will get there! We are all okay though and having a fabulous time.