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Day 2

Castleton Day Two 25.5.17
The day started earlier than expected at 3.00am with Harley, Jake, Luis and William to name but a few, deciding to release a new stream of energy and engage in ‘Party in the dark’ at full volume! Mrs Duynstee and Mrs Bevan were not best pleased – having already been up until gone 12.00am – we do need our beauty sleep boys! However, revenge is sweet and the boys were decidedly sleepy come the morning wake up call…strangely their room got woken up first! Ummmm…

Such tales of lack of sleep fell on deaf ears however, as Mrs Dedman was on an ‘all nighter’, as was Mr Pattison – in by-gone times that phrase meant so much more! It wasn’t all noise however, as some of the girls – such as Mathury, Stephanie and Kacey – were well prepped with a pamper session, including face masks. Nice.

Lewis had seemed to spend more of his time in the wrong dorm, notably the girls, but the mention of a party in there was soon put to sleep by the staff as a bad idea! One night with sleep – please….!

Daniel started the day on form after spotting some rare woolly donkeys in the garden – they were bleating happily – as all rare donkeys do.
Ruby and Cassie were also on form after complaining to Mrs Dedman that someone had messed up their room. Mrs Dedman asked “Are you sure you didn’t leave it like that?”
“Oh yes,” they replied “it looked like that before.”

It would be one of those days.

Breakfast was a smooth event and the children filled their boots – a saying to run through the day it would seem, as later during the river study several had a good booty full of water. Tasha took it a step further and decided to fall in, as did Maisie who went sideways in to the water in her bright pink clothes! Blaze must have been a dolphin in a previous life as we couldn’t really get him out – anything water and he was in it!
Abbie thought that she’d never worn wellies before – not sure what she made of the experience. However Grace was like a professional who carried off a coordinated hippy chic look – very stylish!
Cameron, Yuvri, Will and Italia we think could be future geographers after their work at the river – unlike Mr Pattison who earlier on the village trail got all of his coordinates upside down! Cara is perhaps a teacher in the making after organising others all day and being chief photographer for Miss Wain. Emily was very well prepared in full waterproofs and ended the session fully wet – none of us are any the wiser as to how she quite managed that!

The day was a mix of the above said river study, a village tour and a trip to Peak Cavern. On the journey there the children wanted to know what time lunch would be despite only being an hour on from their full English breakfast, with cereal, yogurt and toast! Eating continued to be a theme with the children making their way through several ice-creams. Logan had two ice creams both nearly the size of his head, but David was crowned ice cream King after being named by Mr Collins as the fastest ice cream eater in Castleton.

Aiden and Liam seemed to be drinking through a large amount of water – Liam drank five bottles. However he did have a fleece on all day after claiming to be cold! This was much to the surprise of everyone else as it seemed to be the hottest day of the year. Ever.

The toll of yesterday’s walk hit the adults a little today – especially Mrs Bevan who had to be helped up the steps by Shazana! Every opportunity to sit down was taken and group 3 had an extended lunch with their bare feet dangling in the stream. Lovely and refreshing. Baby ducks and even 3 baby moor hens were spotted on the trail and the children enjoyed throwing crusts for them. Inside the cave Mrs Combes class were on their last legs and decided to let the man do most of the heavy rope making. All of the children did make three large ropes – which no one wanted in their bags because they were decidedly smelly! Cain enjoyed his day after being suitably impressed by the caves which continually dripped with clear liquid which was apparently ‘Just like real water’…

Up in the village the girls were on form taking up the opportunity for a bit of light shopping. Both Priya and Alexia were spotted as selective shoppers with an eye for detail and Jackie was just a shopping queen! Angel-Jade bought a surprise gift for her mum which inspired a group ‘song’ which the girls, including Miah, Ruby and Lauren chanted through the town. So catchy was this tune that Mr Pattison was singing it to staff later! Well, when we say singing…

Mr Farihna’s journey back to the YHA hostel was interesting after Millie touched a dead bird and panicked that she might have rabies. She quickly tagged Mr Farihna as (safety in numbers,) two with rabies is always better than one! Mia and Emily each took their turn in getting stung by nettles and Freya rustled up a nice grass rash. As a result both Mrs Dedman and Mr Collins were busy with the Piriton, which seems to have been this years ‘flavour’!

Tea time was dominated by the popular choice – burger and chips. The children were exceptionally well behaved – especially Jan who was so tired he nearly fell asleep in his food. After lunch it was the egg rocket challenge. We thought that Dylan’s team might win as theirs launched really well and the team seemed especially pleased, however Olivia, Beatrise, Taylor, Tamia, Ruby, Freya and Katie AKA ‘Eggcellent 8 #2’ pipped them at the post with the winning rocket. Well done ladies!

Finally it was great to hear today so much praise for the children’s behaviour. Two shop keepers commented on their excellent behaviour, as did the catering team at the hostel. One shop keeper even phoned through to school to say how impressed they were – well done BLJS year 5!

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