2017 Y4 at Hooke Court Day Three!


Morning all! We can't believe our trip has gone so quickly and we are already on our last day! It has been a lot of fun and we have enjoyed many activities. According to Miss Freemantle's Fitbit, we walked 8km to and fro and during activities yesterday - more than 12,000 steps! When you multiply that by 3 and subtract the hours we haven't been asleep for, it's no wonder we're feeling a bit tired today! Lol! 

Last night we had a visit from the Tooth Fairy, who'd been 'caught on the hop' and had to work extra hard as all the girls in the relevant room had swapped beds! She had to draft in some support to help her complete her mission successfully! The Birthday Fairy was more organised and delivered her parcel during a rousing rendition of 'Happy Birthday!' over breakfast! 

Today we are building aqueducts and onegars - which are a type of Roman catapult. Everyone has been brilliant - we've all learnt a lot about each other and how to face challenges. In our discussions last night, this is what we've learned about ourselves: 

We worry about things that we don't need to. 

We can survive without our parents 

One of us has found a job she'd love to do as an adult and has been inspired to become a jeweller. (We'd buy her jewellery too!)

Lots of layers is important! 

We can adapt to different surroundings .

All in all, a pretty successful few days! 

The staff have been great too - Miss Millar, Miss Freemantle, Miss Patterson, Mrs Pitman, Mrs Staff, Miss Felstead, Mr Stafford and of course Mrs Robinson have been full of energy, positive and enthusiastic throughout the whole trip - regardless of challenges! They continue to be some of the best staff we have at Portway and people I thoroughly enjoy being on residential visits with!

We hope to be back around 3:30pm today and we'll meet you in the main hall - because the Portway Plus club will be in the dining hall. Please remember that we will bring your children from the coaches and then unload the bags, so that you can collect your child from the hall and then go to collect bags. Before you take your child, please let the teacher know that you have them so they don't just disappear. They will be tired and probably a little emotional at seeing you again but they've had a brilliant time.

We will do our best to make sure that your children return home with everything they brought but please be aware that they may well have items belonging to others in their suitcases and these will need to be swapped back.

We'll try to update you a bit later and we'll definitely let you know when we leave here! 

See you later!