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We are handing the blog over to the pupils this week for two special reports on our recent residentials. The first trip on Tuesday 6th June saw 11 secondary pupils pack their suitcases and leave school for Disneyland Paris. After a long journey on the coach, a crossing on the Eurotunnel and numerous stops they arrived at The Explorers Hotel ready for two days of fun. The pupils (and staff) couldn’t contain their excitement; after a breakfast of croissants and pain au chocolat they left the hotel each morning to drive the short distance to the parks where they quickly split into groups and set off to enjoy the all rides and attractions Disneyland has to offer. The pupils were able to lead the groups and decide which rides they wanted to go on – the staff only needed a little persuasion to go on the scarier rides!

Nathan decided ‘Space Mountain was my favourite ride because it was so fast, you were shot up at the beginning into darkness and then were tons of loops and twists and you didn’t know which way you were to go next.’

Ethan has written his own account of his trip to Disneyland Paris..

Day 1 The Journey – When we got to school at 5am, we arranged the coaches and who was going on what coach. After that we got on the coaches and set off at 6:15 am. At about 10am we swapped drivers because the driver we had had been driving all night. We got to the first service station for some lunch, we stayed there for half an hour so everyone had a chance to do some shopping too. Once we got back on the coach, we were driving for about 7 hours to the Eurotunnel. It took about 30 – 45 minutes to go through the tunnel to France..

Then it took us about 4 hours to drive to the hotel and then we had tea and settled down for bed.

Day 2 In The Park – When we got out of bed to have breakfast at 8:30am we went downstairs. At 9am we got on the coach to go to Disneyland Paris..

When we arrived everyone was so excited to go on the rides. The first ride the fast rides group went on was the Tower of Terror..

The first one for the lower group was the Ratatouille ride as it was 3D and they wanted to experience the 3D effects..

When we went on a few more rides we then went for some lunch at a French restaurant. Most of it was English food. We then went on a Finding Nemo ride which went slow but then it started to speed up. Then it went dark, the carriage started to spin round rapidly and you didn’t know where you were because it was dark. After that we started to go on faster rides such as the Indiana Jones Mineshaft Ride – here is a pic before they went on the Indiana Jones ride..

On the Indiana Jones Mineshaft you go up a mountain but then you drop and it’s like you are dropping into flames but really you just go down and twist into a mineshaft. .

After that me (Ethan) and Mrs Dunne went looking round the shops near the Indiana Jones Ride. It was nice walking round and not going on any rides, it was nice to have a break. When the other part of the group got back, we went for some tea. It was 8:30pm and we needed to hurry up when we had eaten. A few minutes later we headed back to the coach, it was about a 25 minute walk to the car park. We went to the hotel and went to the arcade..

 It was a day packed with fun!

Day 3 Small Group – When we got to the park, we went on the Ratatouille ride again as the kids wanted to go on it again. When we finished on the ride we went to the parades. The parades were AWESOME it had all of our favourite Disney characters..

Unfortunately we then had to go for tea and go back to the hotel as we needed an early night for the coach back the day after.

Day 4 Leaving to go home – We got up at 7am and went for breakfast, we then left the hotel for home at 9am. It took 3 hours to get to the tunnel for 45 minutes. We then had to get off the coach to go through British Customs with our passports. We then had a 10 hour trip back to New Bridge but guess what …WE MADE IT.
Thanks for reading and I will let Mrs Walton take over..

A big well done to those pupils who went to Disneyland as they were a credit to the school. It sounds like Disneyland really is the place where magic and dreams are made!

A very excited group of Year 6 pupils then headed off to Wales on Monday for their residential and they’ve certainly had a fantastic week as Tobias explains..

Hello, this is Tobias. I am writing about my amazing week on the Year 6 residential and how fun it was! Monday was the first day and I went to the zoo! I saw bears, lemurs, penguins and sea lions!

After that I headed to my chalet and unpacked, relaxed and went to bed. Tuesday was amazing! I went to Caernarfon Castle and I saw a lot of historical items like medals, old army suits and many other artefacts..

I got back to my chalet and I relaxed then went to sleep. Wednesday was fun! I went to the beach and I went into the waves..

Then I went to the farm and saw some sheep, pigs, lambs, cows, calves and goats..

After that, I went out to eat and then went to my chalet to relax and sleep. I forgot to mention that I went to the town with the longest name[Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch]..

Thursday was amazing! I went to Llandudno and rode the Great Orme Tramway to the summit..

After that I went to the Great Orme Bronze Age Mine and saw some Malachite..

Then I went out to eat a big tea..

I went back to my chalet for the final time and, like usual, relaxed then went to sleep. Friday was brilliant! I finished packing, went to the Blue Planet Aquarium and then I headed back to school to be collected by transport..

Overall, the residential was a success in my eyes and I can’t wait for my next one! Hope you liked my comment on the residential,

Mr Heap also has a quick update for us..

This half term within PE Key Stage 2 have been having lots of fun taking part in Athletics. So far we have been long jumping, javelin throwing, shot-putting, hurdling and sprinting all in preparation for our annual SPORTS DAY!! All of the pupils have enjoyed exploring new equipment and developed their team building skills in a range of ways. Have a look at our fantastic pictures and the concentration on our faces!!

Our SEAL Superstars and our Stars of the Week are:

  • Mrs Dunsdon’s class:
    Star of the Week: Marley for showing good understanding of a butterfly’s life cycle
    SEAL Superstar: Amario for accepting change to his timetable..

  • Mr Corrigan’s class:
    Star of the Week: Thomas for outstanding independence getting changed for PE and swimming this week (in particular mastering his buttons)

SEAL Superstar: Essah for noticing the changes to the classroom and following the new rules..

  • Mrs Lomax’s class:
    Star of the Week: Vincent for doing some fantastic subtraction work..

SEAL Superstar: Jack for caring about other people and how they might be feeling..

  • Miss Louden’s class:
    Star of the Week: all the class for trying, listening well, following instructions and working really hard in English..

SEAL Superstar: Lewis and Justin for talking about their feelings towards change next year

  • Miss Parkinson’s class:
    Star of the Week: Jacob for going out of his comfort zone in PE and trying something new
    SEAL Superstar: the whole class for dealing with the change in staff while Miss Parkinson has been away on the residential..

  • Mr Heap’s class:
    Star of the Week: Nicholas for fantastic behaviour and working hard in all his lessons and Aaron for fantastic work and not being distracted by others
    SEAL Superstar: Maia for discussing her feelings and emotions and coping with a big change
  • Mrs Halkyard’s class:
    Star of the Week: Eden for trying new foods and Kyle for not giving up in PE
    SEAL Superstar: Ronnie for explaining changes he has been through and how he dealt with them
  • Mr Rawson’s class:
    Star of the Week: Lucas for hard work in Maths
    SEAL Superstar: Daley for discussing his feelings about big changes in his life..

Well done, everyone!

I hope you all have a lovely weekend and enjoy the promised sunshine,


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