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.

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Come back tomorrow to see what else we have been up to…

Miss Price, Mrs Sivier and Mrs Smith

Holbrook Staff Pantomime – Oh Yes It Is!

This morning, children from across the school gathered in the hall for the traditional Holbrook Pantomime, but this year, with a difference.

Children watched with excitement as a show stopping performance of Cinderella was performed by THE STAFF… As you can see from the photos, children were thrilled and delighted to see adults from across the school perform in role as a host of Cinderella characters (and props) as the story unfolded. Children even sang along to well known songs, boo’ed and cheered, in a performance filled with laughter, silliness (and chocolate) – oh yes there was!

A huge thank you to all of the staff involved, both front of stage and behind the scenes. We are sure that the children have had an enjoyable morning, many were desperate for a re-run this afternoon! Do ask them what they thought of the pantomime and feel free to leave a comment below… we would love to hear what you think.

A new pantomime is already in the pipeline for next year, so keep your eyes peeled!

Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas, from the Holbrook Staff!

[Written by Mr Thorns]

Sea Otters Class Assembly ~ Friday 6th July

This morning, the whole school watched Sea Otters’ class assembly on their activities and successes throughout the year. Live from the “This Morning” studio, the children interviewed Henry VIII as well as discussing their work on Johanna Blasford. The children also sang campfire songs reminiscing about their time visiting Bedenham school on a camping trip.

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During the assembly, children also presented a “Masterchef” style activity from their work on energy bars too.

The children spoke clearly adding a touch of humour along the way. Well done to everyone in Sea Otters for their hard work and determination to perform to the best of their abilities.

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Armed Forces Day!

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On Friday, the whole school celebrated ‘Armed Forces Day’. The children dressed up as various military personnel along with scouts, cubs, beavers, rainbows and brownies. It was amazing to see how much effort had been put into their outfits, a big well done to you all.

We started the day with an assembly from Naval Families Federation – NFF, who gave us all a little in site to military life and how this can impact on children.

Throughout the day the children took part in many team skills and learnt lots of knew skills.

1 – Minefield team activity

Children had to work in groups using their communication and listening skills to brave the minefield. The children had to guide their blindfolded colleague through the minefield without exploding the bombs. Things were definitely heating up and I believe there was even a little bit of competition between Mr Thorns and Mrs Dennett.

2 – First aid challenge

A representative from the Royal Navy very kindly came to offer some tips on dressing wounds, applying slings and making emergency stretchers from sheets. The children were able to identify their team mates injuries and quickly get them bandaged up and carried to our makeshift field hospital. There was some very interesting injuries from Shark bites to broken ears, but all teams worked very well together to ensure minimum fatalities.

3 – Den building

After their plane crashed and the children were stranded in a deserted Jungle they had to work as a team to survive. The children had forage through the jungle to find as many resources as they could before building a shelter big enough to protect them from the incoming ‘Storm Smith’. We were very lucky to have Talia Reed from the Royal Navy Reserves in to help and she shared her skills in knot tying to support the den building. There were a few interesting strategies being used and it was especially nice to see that some of the girls were able to get their picnic blankets inside before the storm hit. Once the time was up their dens were tested of their effectiveness and there was a few soggy children by the end but all in all some amazing dens.

4 – Advertising.

After watching some of the armed forces recruitment videos, the children split into teams to share their persuasive ideas on how to recruit someone into each of the forces. With a little bit of ‘action’ the children were able to create some of their own recruitment videos. There was definitely a few Steven Spielbergs amongst the groups and lots of videos to share.

Despite the day being very hot, there was an energetic atmosphere combined with a team ethos throughout. It was fantastic to see all of the children working together and mixing across year groups.

Thank you to everyone for their support and amazing effort throughout the day.

Overall it was a fantastic day and we look forward to a second instalment next year???

Written by Mrs Pullan.