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Castleton – Day 1 2017

Castleton: Day one
The day started rather busily for Mrs Combes who seemed to be inundated with lots of questions regarding ‘Who, what, where, when?’ Until she started to think ‘Why?…oh why?’ One rather worrying question – Where are the coaches? Was soon resolved and everyone set off – apart from Mr Collins – who on re-entering school for the sports kit, was very nearly left behind! However after a quick sprint – get in those fit bit steps – he was safely on board and the coaches were away.

The coach drive was the usual “Are we there yet? When will we be there? Is this it?” but everyone chose to ignore Miss Wain until eventually to her glee we arrived … 11.45am. After a quick bags down and a safety talk, it was back on the coaches to Treak Cliff cavern. On arrival at the cavern the children set of at a pace. Filip in particular bounded up the path with abundant energy, and once at the top it was lunch. Joshua started on his first of 15 courses and Blaze managed to put his hand in something dodgy and connected to the large volume of sheep.

Once in the cave Paige managed to spoil the guides moment by switching her torch on when the guide plunged the group into the darkness. The idea was that the children would scream, but it was nearly the guide that did! Everyone enjoyed a visit to the shop and Frankie wondered what the value of his piece of precious stone would be. He looked somewhat disappointed when Mrs Duynstee told him it was worth what he paid for it!

After about three hours in to the day Brandon was already on photo 22 from his second (and last) camera, so plenty of rock shots there! Kingsley was quick on the questions and managed to work out what had happened with the road – amazing as he didn’t look like he was listening to anything! On the three rock walk the cows seemed to cause some confusion – Logan asked if they were camels and one of the girls asked what they were! The theme continued when Beatrice, Katie and Amelia spotted a unicorn AKA a white pony, and when Mrs Duynstee pointed out a cute dog, Ruby asked if it was a panda! When the group took a break, Cain and Paige managed to carry on walking with a group of rambler and seemed oblivious to the calls from the group or the change in personnel! Once back on track the group headed out across the field – Thomas managed to step in the world’s largest sheep poop and several got stung by nettles – with Will learning how to use what Mr Pattison referred to as ‘old bush remedies’ aka dock leaves.

John and Katie asked if it was the first day or the second day – say no more. Emily was very organised and collected stones along the journey, however she didn’t notice the hole in the box and by the time she was back the box was empty!
Lauren ripped her ruck sack and Mr Pattison went to the rescue and carried it for her. On noting that the bag weighed ‘about 20lb’ it was decided that an investigation was needed. Inside the bag was a rather large, melon sized chunk of the semi-precious stone – tarmac! She still has it to bring home by the way.

Back at the hostel it was a quick room visit and then dinner. The two Alfie’s, Aryan and Yuvi nearly missed dinner after saying that no one told them – a dining room of 77 children and 7 adults did ‘the look’! Dinner was a busy event but Taylor, Alysia, Ellie and Chloe were exceptional well behaved and did the group really proud – well done! Mrs Bevan was surprised to find that some children didn’t know what custard was, but as it’s back on the menu tomorrow they should be culinary professionals before they return.

Mrs Combes got in quite a panic after losing her information book – but it was found … in another member of staff’s bag. Not wishing to disclose this person, she (so for once not Mr Collins) tried to ‘pin’ it on Mrs Dedman – however it turns out that Mrs Dedman can lip read and the plan was foiled! Information book back in safe hands so we’ll say no more!
After lunch the children went out for a quick play. Alyssa managed to get stuck up a tree. Mr Farihna thought that a quick shake down would do the trick, but Tommi-Louise was already at the scene and very maturely providing reassurance. Well done Tommi!

After free play the group took part in gem panning – hopefully Daniel would be able to add to the collection he’d been talking about earlier. The children enjoyed this immensely, but especially Gabriel who said that he was going to buy a Lamborghini with his panned gems. We do encourage entrepreneurs at BLJS, but best start early with that plan!

At 9.15pm and after a good old game of footy, the children were regrouped and looked shocked at the 7.45am breakfast announcement! More news on that to follow no doubt. Most of the children were hot and sweaty but Tamia, Chloe, Kira and Shania still looked picture perfect with their well planned plaits and braids.
The ghost story tales started early, as did knock door run, which the staff decided should be ‘Knock door, walk quickly, on the left hand side and with hands behind backs’ – we have to keep up those standards! As the day draws to a close it will be time to see which rooms keep going the longest! If we don’t hear them tonight, we will spot them first thing when the early morning calls begin to start another day.


  1.    ellamay2 says:

    Brilliant sounds like you all had a lovely first day loved reading the blog nice to hear about all the adventures look forward to reading tomorrow’s chloes mum x

    Posted May 25, 2017, 6:11 am #      Reply
  2.    sarahbrandontyler says:

    What a fantastic first day, I’m exhausted reading it. Made me smile the whole way through. 😂

    Posted May 25, 2017, 6:20 am #      Reply
  3.    karen87 says:

    Sounds like the first day was full of excitement, look forward to hearing more about your adventures. Lewis braziers mum

    Posted May 25, 2017, 6:55 am #      Reply
  4.    Philippa Pendleton says:

    I absolutely LOVED reading this, detailed and comical. Sounds like the first day was a success, and yes josh does eat this on a daily basis bar the sweets and snacks I must add ‘shocked face’ I don’t know where he puts it, and you guessed it, he’s always hungry haha. I wonder who gets up on time for brekky? Enjoy your day everyone

    Posted May 25, 2017, 7:25 am #      Reply
  5.    Roseann Slatcher says:

    Sounds like you have it all going on! Hope Cain is behaving and having fun!! X

    Posted May 25, 2017, 2:00 pm #      Reply
  6.    Mrs Mehta says:

    Peter Williams from the Fudge shop in Castleton has just phoned the school to let us know how fantastic the children were in his shop today! Well done All!

    Posted May 25, 2017, 2:10 pm #      Reply
  7.    Tim D says:

    I can confirm Mrs Dedman’s lip-reading skills!

    Posted May 25, 2017, 4:16 pm #      Reply

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