We’re on our way home! What an incredible week it has been. There are plenty of tired faces and the staff are desperately hoping they catch up on their sleep on the journey home!
See everybody soon!!!
Where has the week gone? It is hard to believe that our adventure is almost finished!
Today the weather somewhat cooperated for us; it was mostly sunny but a little chilly and certainly windy. That did not stop anyone from giving 100% during their activities and making the most of our final day here. The children continued to demonstrate all the amazing traits that helped them grow, mature and succeed this week.
Today, groups one and three stayed onsite and had the opportunity to try a variety of different activities including: archery, BMXing and forest skills. There were several children from both groups who had never ridden a bicycle before - let alone a BMX. They worked hard, followed the instructions and by the end of the session all children were able to ride. The perseverance and resilience that those children showed really was quite remarkable. One child even managed to progress from a non-rider to being one of eight who actually managed to complete the BMX course. It really was a testament to her steely determination.
Although traditionally quite a challenging activity, the children were proved to be quick learners when it came to archery - everybody managed to hit the target at least one. Rounding out the day was forest skills where our adventurers had the opportunity to try some shelter building as well roasting marshmallows and eating campfire popcorn - yum!
Venturing off site today was group two who had the opportunity to try their hands at kayaking. Although quite windy, everybody worked hard together and really enjoyed themselves. Only one boat managed to capsize and that was the one with Mrs. Hall in it! After the experience on the water, they returned and were the final group to have a go at the muddy puddle (or puddy muddle as many now refer to it). Nobody managed to make it across although several children did come quite close. Regardless of whether or not they were successful in traversing the puddle, there was boisterous laughter and great enjoyment by all.
With our time at Trewern coming to an end, I would like to point out the children have really grown and are really beginning to develop their independence. Please continue to help foster this and encourage them to remember all the times they tried something new or challenged themselves during this visit. I should also mention that all children have cleaned and served up meals so parents you just make sure they continue to practise these skills as much as possible!
Well, it looks like I have to take back what I said yesterday - today was certainly the best day we have had (weather wise). With very little rain and sustained periods of warm sunshine, it turned out be a lovely day, if not a little bit chilly. Typically Wednesday is known for the 'Wednesday dip'. That means that everyone is usually quite tired (which we are) and the effort levels drop slightly as well as some arguing occurring. That really was not the case today. The Godwin adventurers continued to push through their tiredness and gave it their all today. They continued to demonstrate a resilient nature time and time again as well as working together and persevering through any challenges.
It was group one's turn today to try something Godwin has never done at Trewern before - kayaking! It was a clear winner with the children and the staff. From the very beginning of the day, the children were organised and ready to go. They launched the boats and within a few minutes, were capable of paddllng and maintaining (some) control over their boats. It really was quite impressive to hear the communication between them and the excellent teamwork. Although the kayaks are lower in the water, they are a little more difficult to capsize. This did not stop children from finding a way however - they clearly just wanted to play in the water! They certainly had the opportunity for that when they took the challenge of the ever growing - and famous - muddy puddle. Nobody even came close to successfully making it across the puddle but a great time was had by all.
Due to impending storms tomorrow, a slight change had to be made with both groups two and three. This involved them diving into the depths of darkness and trying to navigate their way through the caves of Porth Yr Ogof (yes, that is spelled correctly). They were faced with obstacles and problems but that did not stop them from working together and overcoming the challenges they faced. Taking turns to lead through the terrifying tunnels, nobody backed down. It was more difficult for some but with shouts of encouragement and support from their other group members, they overcame their fears and persevered.
With tomorrow being our last full day (when did that happen?) I am expecting more positivity and more of the wonderful scenes we have had this week. I have no doubt the children will ride the adrenaline rush of our final day and make it another memorable one.
We saw the sun today! It looks like today may have been the best day of the week - weather wise. There were some short, isolated, showers but it was actually mostly sunny all day. Sure it was only about 13 degrees but we will take what we can get. One thing I can say is that the weather has not dampened the spirits of the children at all! Nobody has complained (not even Mr Ferguson!) and everyone is working hard to make the most of the activities.
Group one and three both took part in the same activities today. It was time for those groups to have their opportunities to trudge through the local gorges. The children were absolute champions - nobody complained about the water temperature once. As usual, there were quite a few children who slipped or stumbled but that did not dampen their enthusiasm at all. The steely determination from the children - all while howling with laughter and working exceptionally hard to support each other - really was something to see. All the adults involved were incredibly impressed with the children when it came to demonstrating teamwork and resilience.
The other half of the day for both groups was having an opportunity to really push themselves as well as conquering their fears and scaling the dizzying heights of the indoor climbing walls. This activity requires a high level of determination, team work and communication skills - the children did not disappoint. There were several climbers who were apprehensive but with support from their peers, they pushed through and achieved things they never thought possible; it really was something!
Certainly not to be forgotten was group two. They had a smorgasbord of activities in the form BMXing, archery and forest skills. With multiple level 2 bike-ability graduates, it did not take long for many of them to conquer the course: their focus quickly became improving their performance and racing each other. Not to be outdone however were those children who were less confident or did not know how to ride a bike at all. They were not put off by the others and instead revelled in the challenge of catching up with their peers.
Unfortunately, the weather forecast for the next two days does not fill us with confidence but this group of Godwin children has proven one thing - they do not care about the weather and are determined to make the best of every minute of their visit.
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Honestly where does the time go??? It is so hard to believe that we have nearly finished day 1 and it still feels like we have only just arrived. The children have embraced Trewern with open arms and really are working hard at trying everything. There were a number of children who tried something they were a little frightened of today but they absolutely loved it!
It was group one's turn to venture into the unknown and try their hand at caving today. There was certainly some apprehension on the faces of a few as they made their way into the dark abyss. Within seconds, it was nothing but smiles and laughter however. The children worked hard to overcome their fears and they relished every challenge thrown at them. Strangely enough however was the fact that one of the highlights for many of them was just splashing in a puddle waiting to enter the cave. Guess it really is about the simple things!
Despite the poor weather to start the day, group two were able to traverse some of the local gorges. As usual, there were bruises and bumps as they tried to navigate themselves through the uneven terrain but it was loved by all. Upon returning to the centre, they managed to take shelter in the indoor climbing wall where they worked together exceptionally well and continued to challenge themselves.
Group three tried out something Godwin children never done before - kayaking! It was a rousing success from the moment they ventured into the canals. Sure there was a few boats that capsized but that is all part of the fun. It did not seem to matter what issues they faced (canal boots, getting along and even ducks) the children persevered and they just could not get enough. They were fortunate enough as well to end their afternoon activity with an attempt at crossing the legendary muddy puddle. Nobody may have made it but there was certainly a chorus of laughter from all who were involved.
Towards the end of the afternoon we were quite fortunate as the rain finally stopped and the sun managed to make a short cameo appearance. We desperately hope that was not the final time we will see the sun this week but one thing is certain - rain or shine - this group will make the most of any situation!
We have arrived! So far so good. The children were wonderful on the coach and have showed an incredible level of enthusiasm. Here’s hoping it holds up for the rest of the week.
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