Tattenhall Residential October 2021

Date: 27th Oct 2021 @ 4:22pm

Barn Owls all earned a proud card this October when they finally went on their very first residential.  This postponed event was much anticipated but following the seclusion of COVID lockdown's the children were understandably carried a mixture of nerves and excitement.  For many it was their first night of independence away from home and we were so proud of how they embraced the experiences.  Excitement started on the coach and lunch time could not come quick enough for many.  We were blessed with beautiful autumnal weather and had time outdoors exploring the play equipment and climbing walls.

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Our afternoon was led by the centre bushcraft leader John Garrett and the children learned memorable ways to tie useful knots, took their log dogs for a walk and then learned to string their own hammock.  After some team work protecting their hammocks with shelter canopies the big test came when Mrs Halliwell got to throw buckets of water at the teams to see how well they had tied their knots and how they dry they could stay in a storm.  

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After enjoying a lovely dinner the children had a choice of activities in activity hour from football coaching with Luke, team games with Miss Sharpes or calm colouring with Miss Knight.  Pyjama movie night was 'The Iron Giant' with a hot chocolate interval.  Then teeth, stories and torch excitement over the children slowly dropped off one by one.

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Day 2 saw some life skills in stripping beds, packing suitcases and helping with setting up for breakfast.  After a cooked breakfast the children then had a DT morning in the bespoke arts room crafting their recycled iron giants.  More outdoor play, a tasty lunch and the time had simply flown by.  The children were so proud of themselves as they all faced their own little challenges over the two days but everyone dug deep and showed resilience.  

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