Wow! What an amazing trip we have had this week.
On Monday morning, Heather and Peter (our driver) met us at school. We set off and made our way to Druridge Bay where we spent some free time enjoying playing in the park.
Next, we met Mike from Explore4All, who provided us with some camouflage paint ready for our trip into the woods. We painted our faces then made our way around the lake. Once we got to the woods, we split off into teams to make dens. All groups showed excellent collaboration skills and all dens were rated 10/10!
After Druridge Bay, we made our way to Holy Island where we were met with Father Bill.
We went up into the observatory tower and recapped our history topic from Autumn Term – the Vikings! I was really impressed with how much the children remembered. It was here where we carved our names in Viking Runes.
Also on Holy Island, we created some nature art by using shells, seaweed and anything else we could find on the beach, in order to create our team logos. Again, all groups worked excellently but there was only one winner…The Tiger Stones. Well done girls!
Heather then prepared a beautiful opening liturgy which was held on St Cuthbert’s Bay. We had some wonderful readers and all children painted their hands and printed their hand print on the canvas. This shows that we are all one family, making our promises together, in preparation for our First Holy Communion.
After Holy Island, we headed further up north to Berwick, where we checked into the hostel. We quickly dropped our bags into our rooms then had a delicious dinner of pasta and meatballs or jacket potato…some children said it was better than home (sorry parents!).
After dinner, we put our coats back on and headed out for a torch walk, where we learned more about the location of Berwick as well as the history. Does Berwick belong to the Scots or the English?
We even saw some seals on the bay!
We arrived back at the hostel at around 9:30pm and then took part in an exciting quiz to end our amazing first day. Everyone were in their rooms at 10:30, lights out at 11 and all were fast asleep by 11:45…what a late night!!
A 7:30 wake-up call was soon followed by a tasty full English breakfast to fuel us up ready for another exciting day.
We split into two groups, with one group going with Heather and the other with Kev. Heather prepared some lovely, reflective prayer stations as well as some candle holder decoration. Children were very calm and respectful during this time and were a credit to themselves.
Meanwhile, the other group worked with Kev fire-lighting! We used flint and steel to create a fire and then toasted marshmallows on the fire-pit. Both groups then swapped over so we were all able to take part in everything.
Here we are enjoying the fantastic park in Berwick.
We then made our way to our final destination, Bamburgh, where our first port of call was of course, the ice cream shop! Who can remember who died in the building where the ice cream shop is?
We then made our way to St Aidan’s Church where we had our closing liturgy. We made our promises to God, before releasing our promises up to heaven.
I think all of the children would agree that we have had the most incredible two days together. They have been fantastic and I have loved every second of it.
I’m so incredibly proud of them all and thank you all for allowing the children to come. I’m sure you will agree, it was worth it!