I would just like to say thank you to everyone who was involved in our incredible 2015 trip to Trewern. The children were absolutely amazing; I could not have asked for a better bunch to take away. Everyone worked exceptionally hard throughout the week to ensure we reached our aims: Working together, being resilient and trying something new. I would also like to thank the incredible staff at Trewern and the phenomenal Godwin staff (Miss Brandon, Miss Lines and Mrs Gill) for their support and assistance in making this a memorable week. Without a doubt, a very special thank you must go out to Mr Duffield.; he helped us ensure that we could include Russel in as many activities as possible but he went far beyond just that. Mr Duffield helped out with all groups and all children; he was a fantastic asset to the team.
Thank you to everyone involved
Well the time has come. We are all finding it so hard to believe that it has come and gone so quickly. It was such an incredible journey and every child worked so hard to achieve our aims of working together, showing resilience and trying new things. If you're enjoying our blog please check back over the next week as Mr Moran has some excellent videos and pictures he will be sharing - once he gets some sleep!
Thursday in Trewern
It's very difficult to believe but today was our final full day in Trewern. This year's group really have excelled themselves this week and today was no exception. Group 1 undertook a number of different activities including: tackling Trewern's own BMX track; learning important forest skills (including making camp fire pizza - delicious), archery and of course the famous muddy puddle! Group 2 canoed along the river Wye and tried a variety of different rock climbing walls with a resounding success. Group 3 trekked up to the top of Hay Bluff to find the source of the river Dulas and got very wet gorge walking. It was another incredible day and we are all stunned that it is coming to an end so soon!
Wednesday in Trewern
We have reached the halfway point and there has been a full day of activities. Group one went canoeing in the Canal and Mr Moran capsized; the children found that highly hilarious. After that, they went to the climbing wall and excelled themselves. Group two spent the first half of the day venturing up Hay Bluff, searching for the source of the river Dulas. In the afternoon, they went gorge walking and Miss Brandon got rather wet. Group three spent the day walking, climbing and clambering in the Breacon Beacons. They thoroughly enjoyed the day - even the 180 steps up from the waterfall (Mrs Gill and Miss Lines did not share their enthusiasm).
Today was one of the most trying days at Trewern. You won't believe what we did today! We went waterfall walking on a blazing hot day. On our way, I even got two huge blisters which was a real pain in the neck. But I continued to show resilience and persevered - I'm sure glad I did. When we finally reached the waterfall, it was an incredible experience. I even got to put my head under the waterfall! I can't wait to see what tomorrow will bring!
When we first went gorge walking, we got to slide down a waterfall - how cool is that! At first, I slid down head first (it was really scary). After that, I went feet first and I found it a lot easier - I also felt more confident! To end the day, I did the muddy puddle jump. It was about three metres long and I JUST missed the other side, meaning I got soaked! What a fantastic day.
Today we went canoeing! It was soooo much fun but hard work, as I was at the back of the canoe (that means I had to steer my team) - we did crash a few times but didn't capsize! My favourite part had to be watching Mr. Moran and his team tip into the water. It was another amazing day!
Every day has been amazing so far and this was no exception. Today I had to be 'sacrificed' into a stream - jumping into a freezing waterfall and slowly sinking into the gorge, no biggy. The hardest part was when we ended up finding out it wasn't as shallow as we first thought. It was cold at first, but I quickly warmed up and had an incredible time - it was the best activity yet. What will tomorrow be like I wonder?
Tuesday in Trewern
Again, there were a variety of different activities undertaken by the Godwin children at Trewern.
Group 1 hiked through the Brecon Beacon mountains and even had an opportunity to walk behind the breathtaking Sqwd-ra-Eira (the Snow Waterfall).
Group 2 and 3 stayed at the Trewen centre and participated in a variety of different activities including: racing around the BMX track, forest shelter building, roasting delicious marshmallows and trying their hand at archery.
Today was one of the best days life has to offer! We tried our luck at forest skills (building shelters), archery and BMXing - which was far from easy. But with a bit of luck (and a lot of teamwork), we made it back alive!
Today was one of the best days in my life. In the morning, we did our survival skills. We tried to build a waterproof shelter - it did not go well! After we got completely soaked, we went to archery. I shot my last arrow and beat my best friend by 1 - it was epic! Once we finished, we went BMXing; my legs were dead by the end, it really hurt!
Today my Dad and I did archery first thing. It was brilliant. Then we went on the BMX track, I was going really fast in my wheelchair! I enjoyed it so much! I can't wait to see what will happen tomorrow.
WOW! I can't believe how wonderful of an experience I'm currently having! I've BMXed and even survived in a forest with only what was around me. I never thought I'd hit a bullseye in archery; nor did I think I could survive in the wild. I'm so excited to see what challenges and achievements tomorrow will bring.
Monday in Trewern
Today group one climbed Hay Bluff to investigate the source of a local river and then explored it in further detail Gorge walking - getting exceptionally wet!
Group two went on a hike through the Breacon Beacons culminating in a walk behind the waterfall - again they got very wet.
Group three started the day canoeing on the Canal and you guessed it - they got very wet. They then conquered their fears by attacking the climbing wall.
All of the children have thoroughly enjoyed their first day and look forward to tomorrow. More to follow.
Unfortunately not the ones with chocolate chips.
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