Today 48 intrepid adventurers set off from Lancaster Road to spend 3 adventure packed days away at Tower Wood. The weather has been very kind so far and the children have thoroughly enjoyed taking part in orienteering, tree climbing, sky pole, adventure course, canoeing and night walk (we saw Venus and Mars) – and that is just Day 1!
Today Mrs Farish came to visit and help out. The day started at 7am with a wake up call. The children quickly got ready and came and made their own packed lunch – it made interesting viewing! Breakfast at 8am was a noisy affair. The groups then split up and today they took part in bush craft (making shelters, lighting fires, etc.), canoeing and sky tower. All groups visited Cathedral Quarry and experienced what it is like underground with and without lights. Cathedral quarry has been used as a setting in Game of Thrones.
Back at the centre we all had tea at around 5.45pm. Mrs Farish said her goodbyes and Miss Liver came to join us overnight and for tomorrow’s activities. Then room inspections and a night activity called Headhunters – torches at the ready!
Another early start with the added task of stripping the beds and packing. Lunches still had to be made and breakfast was at 8am. A morning of activities; each group catching up on what they missed on the previous days was followed by lunch in the boathouse overlooking the lake.
In the afternoon the children took part in team problem solving activities and then they made a rocket from a plastic bottle and other materials. The rocket had to carry an ‘eggstranaut’ and the aim was for the egg to survive the journey and to travel the farthest distance. Well done to Team B who were successful on both counts.
The coach arrived at 4.30pm and some very tired children were returned to parents.
The children have all had a go at all the activities, they have cooperated well and were a credit to their families and teh school with their politeness and behaviour. It has been a pleasure.
My thanks to all the Tower Wood and Lancaster Road staff for putting in their time and effort.
On Friday 29th January the school were proud to welcome Olympic gymnast Hannah Whelan to Lancaster Road. The children took part in a short, but gruelling, fitness session and then Hannah spoke about her achievements and the sacrifices she had made to achieve her goals. The main message was ‘Never Give Up’!
The children have been busy collecting sponsorship money that will go to help future British athletes and to purchase some equipment for our school.
The deadline for sponsorship is Friday 5th February.
Our young B team finished an excellent second at Lancaster and Morecambe College in fixture one of their league campaign with a score of 166pts ahead of Moorside on 128 and Ryelands on 106 but behind St Peters’ on 199.
There were 6 wins in total by individuals with Ellie Clarke showing her tremendous potential with victory in triple jump with a splendid personal best of 4.80m and another win in long jump with a leap of 1.64m.Serena Mount did well to finish third in shot put with a PB of 4.60m, and there were promising performances from Tia Kinrade (who can be pleased with her 37 speed bounces to be 4th) and captain Amy Tyson who managed 4.26m in triple jump and 4.12m in shot put. Young Chelsea Doherty was unlucky to be denied overall victory in hurdles after clipping the last barrier, but her time of 30.41 was still fast enough to break into the top ten all time rankings for our school. She showed her consistency across the board with 3rd in javelin and also long jump and ran a splendid sprint race in a time of 27.68 which placed her fourth.
For the boys, Martin Blacow had a fantastic first ever appearance, by winning speed bounce with a score of 39 and then running a brave 4 lap race where he finished 4th with 59.08secs. Captain Connor Roach did well to leap 4.18m in triple jump to give him 5th, while classmate Sam Bennett showed strength and technique to win shot put with 6.06m. He also ran well in hurdles but was penalised by a second for dubious hurdling technique. Despite crossing the line first in his race, Sam’s penalty second placed him 4th. Young Harry Martin can be pleased with his 37 speed bounces which placed him third and a fabulous sprint time of 26.67 secs in winning race two. He was only pipped for overall victory by team mate Joshua Pughsley who won race 1 in a time of 25.77, to add to his epic hurdles win with a splendid time of 28.86.
Four of the y5s (Tia, Chelsea, Harry and Joshua) combined in the relay squad, where some lovely changeovers and turns added to rapid running gave us a close second behind deserved winners St Peter’s.
The next fixture for the B team is in early January but a few of this squad have done enough to perhaps represent the A team before Christmas.