Abseiling and campfire sing a longs

DAY 4 – what an incredible day!

The children were eager to get the day started today so we walked up to breakfast through the frost, and were pleased to find pain au chocolate waiting for us to give us plenty of energy for the day.

Today, we had plenty to keep us busy as we had Land Ecology, ( which involved bug hunting) and games in the morning and climbing up the tower and abseiling in the afternoon. It has been wonderful to see them pushing themselves and celebrating their successes. They really have surprised themselves with just how capable they are and we hope they come back with this resilience to try new things when they come back to school.

Later, we settled down to a delicious roast and apple crumble and custard. Then our leaders, Archie and Dave led us to our campfire – which was amazing. The children loved this experience as they sang songs, toasted marshmallows and watched the embers dance in the sky as they relaxed and shared memories of their time at Fairthorne.

The children are looking forward to their last morning here at Fairthorne. Come back to see our final blog tomorrow

Miss Price, Mrs Sivier, Mrs Ingledew

Day 3 at Fairthorne Manor

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We were in for a real treat today as we took part in the following activities: camouflage tracking, den building, fire lighting and indoor archery. The children were in awe of the fire lighting and hopefully in the future they might have the chance to use these skills with your help. We continue to be wowed by the children’s resilience and patience as they gain more and more confidence in trying new things and they are becoming increasingly independent.

This evening, we enjoyed pasta Bolognese, followed by jam roly poly and custard. Yum! Then we eagerly went back to Ben’s House to get on our dancing shoes to dance the night away. The children, as always, showed off their amazing dance moves. The children then finished their evening by relaxing with biscuits and squash ready for bed.

Come back tomorrow to see what we’ve been up to…

Miss Price, Mrs Smith, Mrs Sivier, Miss Robertson & Mrs Derrick

Zip wires, low ropes and curry for tea

DAY 2 –

Another great day at Fairthorne – we had a great nights sleep and we started our morning with a cooked breakfast to take on our new challenges.

We wrapped up in our warmest accessories, and set off to our activities. Today, we had a go at the crate challenge, pioneering, vertical climbing, the zip wire and low ropes. Our overall favourite was the zip wire as we took in the beautiful views of Fairthorne as we flew through the air and screamed with joy. The children continue to impress us with their willingness to try new things and as a result they have exceeded our expectations.

This evening we were treated to curry – it was delicious. Then we went back to Ben’s House where we enjoyed some down time. We’re hoping to get a good night’s sleep so we’re ready for another busy day tomorrow.

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Day 1 at Fairthorne

We have all settled in brilliantly and have embraced our new surroundings. After our whistle stop tour around Fairthorne with our guides, David and Archie, we were led to the dinner hall for our first taste of the food. We were not disappointed, as we tucked into tomato soup and paninis. As it was so delicious, we decided to browse the menu to see what’s coming up throughout the week. Keep coming back to see what we are tucking into… You’ll be so envious!

Next, we split into our two groups and were led  to our activities for the afternoon. We eagerly took part in low ropes, initiative tests and pioneering. The children were enthusiastic and persevered with their new challenges and we were incredibly proud of how they collaborated and supported one another. We can’t wait for the children to take to the zip wire soon and hear the screams as they soar through the air.

After fish and chips, we went on a night walk with torches and walked around the camp site, before returning to base to have hot chocolate and biscuits. The children are eager to find out what we will be doing tomorrow evening.

When we got back to Ben’s House, we settled down to write a little something to our loved ones back at home, so  keep your eyes peeled for a delivery over the next couple of days. resized_20190121_185550[1]
Come back tomorrow to see what else we have been up to…

Miss Price, Mrs Sivier and Mrs Smith

Full Force visits Fort Nelson


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On Friday 8th June, children from Holbrook’s forces family club, Full Force, went to the Royal Armouries Museum at Fort Nelson, Portsdown Hill near Fareham.

As a continuation of their own ceramic poppy endeavours at school, the children were taken to see the amazing Wave installation which is available to view until the 24th June. This is from the original display, Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red at the Tower of London created to commemorate the 100th year anniversary of the start of World War 1 and every British and Colonial life lost at the Front during the conflict.

The children were able to closely view the poppies, each one unique and handcrafted and the display could be seen from various aspects around the fort. The children then produced their own pastel drawings with a wave theme and will have the opportunity to produce their own felt poppies back at school. Combined with the decorative dragon cannon, ‘hands on’ machine gun, fortified ramparts and series of mysterious underground tunnels, an informative and fun time was had by all.

Next stop, Armed Forces Day on the 29th June.

Written by Miss Brenton.

Year 4’s Trip to The Palace! (Roman not Buckingham)

Just before the Easter break, which seems such a long time ago, Year 4 had the exciting opportunity of visiting Fishbourne Roman Palace near Chichester, West Sussex.

Discovered in 1960, it is the largest Roman residence north of the Alps, built in approximately 75AD, only 30 years after the Romans invaded Great Britain.

Year 4 pupils did not let the typical British weather dampen their spirits and enjoyed a day filled with investigation, games and mosaic bingo. One highlight was the opportunity to dress up as slaves and learn new (or rather ancient) skills and play with toys which don’t require a charger. Two lucky slaves even got promoted to the dizzy heights of royalty! 086062057

In the potting shed the children found a very grumpy gardener, not at all happy about his new role: statues, fountains and box hedging, what a waste of time. 093

The main attraction was, of course, the beautiful decorative mosaics, the most famous being Cupid on a dolphin, which is located in the north wing. In total, the palace consisted of approximately 100 rooms and a short film brought the palace back to life for the children who could see its wealth and splendour. An excellent way to imagine themselves in situ whilst studying their Roman life topic back at school.096

Written by Miss Brenton

Famous author visits Holbrook!

024Yesterday, award-winning author Guy Bass, visited both Holbrook and Bedenham schools. Guy, who is famous for writing children’s books, has also been an illustrator, a theatre producer and has written plays for adults and children. His visit was an important part of Book Week which will culminate in a character dress up day on Friday. (Watch out for Mr Burt’s wondrous wig!)

Children and staff alike were captivated by his hilarious tall tales and bonkers book reading. His book titles include Stitch Head, Spynosaur, The Legend of the Frog and Dinkin Dogs. Guy told us about his lifelong desire to become a dinosaur and his shame at being a tea-pot in his school play. His dad tricked him into his starring role by playing heads and tails but cunningly used a double tailed coin. Guy said that one day he will get his revenge!

After his talk, the children were able to buy a book from his extensive collection and more importantly, get it signed by the author himself.
We would all like to thank Guy for his time and commitment during this exciting week and wish him well on his next book adventure.
Written by Miss Brenton.