Friday, 23 June 2017

Sealyham 2017: Day 5

Our normal morning sunshine was hidden behind the clouds today; however, our Hacton adventurers were raring to go.

Group 1 cruised around the lake for a kayaking session enjoying the challenges of balancing their boats - most children ended up very wet! Group 2 were on the other side of the lake, building rafts.  Despite their carefully designed sailing vessels, manoeuvring around the water was surprisingly challenging! Group 3 had their turn at St David's Head today, abseiling, rock climbing and even spotting porpoises! Every child conquered their fears and successfully scrambled both up and down the rocks.

In the afternoon, Group 1 grabbed their bows and arrows to become master archers at the Sealyham range whilst Group 2 headed back to the water for an afternoon of kayaking.

In the evening, all the groups gathered around the campfire to toast marshmallows, barbeque sausages and share jokes. The children had a wonderful time. As darkness began to consume the light, they returned to the comfort of the Sealyham Mansion.

Thursday, 22 June 2017

Sealyham 2017: Day 4

As the sun shone through the windows marking the beginning of a glorious day, our Hacton thrill seekers devoured yet another delicious breakfast to fuel them for fun and adventures.

Group 1 attempted to catch the waves as they took to their surf boards in a surprisingly calm sea. Group 2 showed Robin Hood exactly how it should be done and displayed some impressive archery skills as they battled to win the right to cutlery at dinner time. Some, however, found this incredibly difficult resulting in hand fed food! Group 3 put their team work to the test, using rope, wood and barrels to fashion rafts in an attempt to travel across a lake with great success.

In the afternoon, all 3 groups headed to Broad Haven beach where they played in the water, hunted for buried for treasure, dug for fossils and indulged in well-deserved ice creams.

To finish the day, the challenge of the assault course was faced by all resulting in our young adventurers being transformed into an army of swamp monsters!

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Sealyham 2017: Day 3

Today's picturesque location for Group 1 and 2 activities was St David's Head. They scrambled, abseiled and climbed up and down the rocky terrain, displaying trust and bravery. As they admired the view out to sea, they even managed to spot a seal in the Channel.

Group 3 put their survival skills to the test in the morning as they took part in a bushcraft session, creating fire and building shelters. In the afternoon they experienced an invigorating coasteering session of jumping and swimming against some magnificent waves.

In the evening, all groups competed against each other for a games session. As tiredness kicked in, the children sipped their hot chocolate before settling down for a well earned nights sleep.

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Activity Week: Day 2

Day 2 of Year 6 Activity Week and the morning was spent in Hornchurch (The Pink Parachute for a spot of pottery painting and McDonalds for lunch). 

At The Pink Parachute, children chose a piece of pottery each which they then had to paint in their chosen colours. They had lions, crocodiles, owls and dogs in an array of colours, as well as sharks, teddy bears and aeroplanes! Once glazed in the kiln, the pieces will be finished. They should look amazing as a lot of effort was put into every one of them.​

And then it was to McDonalds for lunch! With their £5 budget, children debated whether to buy meal deals or sharing buckets. How could they get the most for their money? With their own dedicated till opened, orders were soon placed and cooked, and food was eaten very quickly! Another great day.

Sealyham 2017: Day 2

After a hearty breakfast, our excited Hacton adventurers were delighted to see another beautiful, sunny morning. Group 1 faced their first challenge of the day: the pre water wetsuit challenge! They scrambled over rocks, made some impressive jumps and swam through the blue lagoon for a thrilling coasteering session. Taking to the waves, Group 2 mounted their surf boards and battled against the elements with many of them being able to stand on their boards like true professionals. Swinging through the trees, Group 3 took on the challenging high ropes course and did themselves proud with their positive attitude and determination to succeed.

Skimming stones, lighting fires, building shelters and filtering water were just a few of the life skills rehearsed in their afternoon session by Group 1 during bushcraft. From the ground to the tree tops, children in Group 2 climbed through the canopy taking on their fears. Heading to the water, Group 3 took to the boats to manoeuvre around the refreshing waters of the kayaking lake; a much needed cool down!

In the evening, all groups enjoyed a mud bath and successfully covered each other from head to toe in a thick, brown layer of dirt! After long showers and a good ear clean, children settled down a well deserved hot chocolate.

Monday, 19 June 2017

Activity Week: Day 1

On Monday, seventeen eager Year 6 children, and three excited members of staff, met at Stubbers Adventure Centre for the first day of their Activity Week. After a quick briefing, all set off for the first activity of the morning: Quad Biking! Once helmets were secured, gloves fitted and ankles covered, children took it turns to practise controlling the bike before being allowed to drive off on their own. Some children found it a little scary to be in control of such a powerful machine, whilst others raced off around the track as if they had held a driving licence for years! ​

After spending an hour and a half on the quads, it was time for Laser Tag. Children were equipped with camouflage hats, laser guns and a headpiece and had to work in teams to try to win different strategic games. The first game was a basic Reds vs Blues in order to get to know the territory and master controlling the gun. The second game was a more difficult challenge where each team had a president that had to protected whilst also trying to take out the other team and their president. The final games were about taking control of the fortress in as quick a time as possible. After an hour and a half, the scores were tied and children were hot, sweaty and in need of their lunch!

The rest of the day was spent at Upminster Park where children played in the playground and much-needed ice lollies and ice creams were devoured.

Sealyham 2017: Day 1

As the scorching sun arose from its slumber, our Hacton adventures eagerly gathered to embark on the trip of a lifetime... Sealyham 2017! After a long coach journey (with the most wonderful air conditioning) we finally arrived at the Sealyham mansion and following a quick tour of the site, the children settled into their rooms. A delicious dinner provided the energy needed for the first activity, 'The Nightline': an opportunity to test our Year 6 teamwork. We were delighted to discover that all 3 groups would be together for our evening activities.

Our first evening ended with a well earned hot chocolate and the children settled down straight away for bed.... well, almost straight away!