A day of climbing and waiting for s’mores ….

This morning, we started our day with pain au chocolate and toast  before wandering down to the Tower to abseiling and climb the tower.
The children showed great resilience and set themselves personal targets, that they smashed. You should all be incredibly proud of their bravery

After tucking into giant sausage, we moved onto team challenge, where the children crawled tyres, climbed walls and dodged lava rivers to reach targets. Their some very comical moments that I’m sure your child will share with you when we’re back.

Finally, we moved onto initiative tests where the children cracked codes and worked together to problem solve

Tonight, we’re heading upto dinner to have a roast and again a surprise pudding. Yesterday, we had jam roly poly and custard.

Then we’re heading to have our campfire and s’mores for our last night treat of the visit.

Disco Night!

This morning, we started the day with croissants and the day got better and better.

We started with Camo and tracking – where the children learnt the importance of camouflage and used this skill to hide from one another to win team points. The children showed great team work and patience when taking part in this activity and you would have loved their face painting.

Next, we moved onto indoor archery and the children really excelled themselves as they listened carefully to instructions and many hit the bullseye due to their resilience and determination.

After lunch, we went to do fire lighting – which was a real treat as we were taught how to safely create a fire and the children proved themselves to be sensible and mature when tackling this challenge.

Finally, we finished our day of activities with den building and the boys and girls competed against one another to construct the most secure den. They thought about how they would survive in a storm and how they would arrange their interior to suit their needs. It was a close thing … but the boys won.

This evening, we’re heading to dinner for meatballs and spaghetti and a mystery pudding before getting our best outfits on to disco

Come back to find out what we’ve been upto tomorrow

Miss Price

A day of conquering our fears….

We woke upto a frosty start, but we were soon warmed up when we tucked into  sausage, hash browns and beans for breakfast – yum!

Then we walked to our first activity which was flying threw the air on the zip wire. The children thoroughly enjoyed themselves and really pushed themselves and conquered their fears and encouraged one another, which was lovely to see.

Next, we moved onto the crate challenge where they had to work together as a team to construct a tower and them support one another to climb it. Again, the children impressed us with their enthusiasm.

After lunch, we tackled vertical assault where they had to climb up a series of different things, such as tyres and ropes. The children really pushed themselves and showed great resilience and patience with one another.

Finally, we moved onto pioneering where we learnt how to tie a variety of different knots then we used these to construct a swing as a team.

Now, we’re heading to dinner to have curry – yesterday we were treated to brownies and we’re looking forward to see what our pudding is today …

This evening we’re  heading out of Ben’s house to enjoy some different sports and games

Please come back tomorrow to see what we’ve been upto ….

Miss Price

Year 4 Residential – we have arrived!

Hello all….

We’ve arrived safely and enjoyed our first day at Fairthorne. We enjoyed having a guided tour by our guide before having some down time. Next, we had our first chance to taste the delicious food – cheese and ham paninis that went down a treat and gave us lots of energy for the afternoon.

After lunch, we headed to our first activity which was orienteering. The children put their map skills to the test and had to work collaboratively to locate targets. All the children enjoyed their first challenge and showed great resilience.

Next, we moved onto low ropes, where we had  to learn to trust one another before working along different ropes which varied in difficulty. The children again pushed themselves and learnt that listening to one another is crucial.

Now we’re heading off to dinner and we’re looking forward to having fish and chips with a surprise dessert.

Come back tomorrow to find out what we’ve been upto…


Friday’s activities began with a visit by Paul Vella, club coach of Holbrook Judo Club. First, the children watched a video of professional judo wrestling to get a flavour of the sport and understand some of its rules and techniques. Then, after the mandatory warm up and safety talk, they were allowed to practise.


Paul used visualisation to help the children remember some of the moves, who would have thought that Fred Flintstone and his car visited Holbrook this week! (Just in case you are asking Yabba Dabba Who?)lf

The concentration and determination of the Year 6s was clear to see and the session culminated with a “crashmat knockout.”

Friendships were cast aside as each opponent crouched in anticipation waiting to pounce. Limbs were flown in all directions (well, sort of!) and each winner stayed on. At the end of the tournament, two were ultimate victors, congratulations to Fin the Ferocious and Oscar the Obstinate!

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Thank you to Paul for sharing your time and expertise with us and helping to educate and inspire the next generation of judo players in Hampshire.

After a quick break, the pupils were off in the minibus again!        minibus-cartoon

Donation money of £110 safely tucked away, they drove through the torrential rain  towards GAFIRS on Stokes Bay. As they watched the high tide slam against the wall and waves crash over the road, one of the children made a pertinent point: they have to go out in this. It was a sobering thought for all of us.

Once inside the safety of the lifeboat station, they were able to hand over the proceeds of their cupcake sale. Both Mr and Mrs Thomas were touched by the children’s generosity and hardwork which had raised such a lot of money.

Again, a huge well done to everyone who helped make the cake sale such a success and thank you again to Keith and Joyce Thomas for making us feel so welcome.


Holbrook Goes Cupcake Crazy!

This morning, Year 6 pupils once again put on their aprons and began the day by decorating their home-made cupcakes. In true Masterchef style, they worked against the clock although not with a bald ex greengrocer, Aussie chef and rather intense voice over lady watching their every move!

Cupcakes transformed, the children were divided into two teams and set up their stalls: Team 1 were in the library and Team 2 in the hall. Weapons at the ready (well squirty cream aerosols!) they waited for their customers and to earn extra brownie points, no pun intended, they were asked to smile, smile and smile again. So they did! They greeted everyone with a fantastic welcome and their cupcakes literally walked off the tables.




Chuffed to bits, they eagerly counted their takings but it didn’t stop there because one of them had the fantastic idea of selling the cakes after school. So we did! No pressure selling techniques were needed, although one father ‘thought’ that he could cycle past without buying a cake for his daughter, ha 50p please!

So how much did they raise for Gosport And Fareham Inshore Rescue Service???

Drum roll please!

At the last count, with a few cakes left to be sold, the amazing Year 6 catering team have raised a whooping £110!!

Incredible effort, they should all be so proud of themselves, we know that every member of staff is super impressed. Teamwork, learning new skills, hard work and ingenuity (thank you Mason for the idea to use squirty cream as a topping, that was genius!) all came together perfectly.

Your efforts will literally change lives.

You see, good things do come in small packages!






Day 4 – Final full day!

Our final full day here has been great with the children yet again showing perseverance, resilience and collaboration!

Shelter building, nightlining, canoeing and kayaking were some of the many activities that the children took part in before their last dinner together and a movie night watching Mary Poppins Returns.

A text message will keep parents and carers informed of the children’s arrival back at school tomorrow.