This morning, Holbrook was visited by Olympian Deji Tobais, who runs in 100m and 200m sprinting…
He spoke with children about working hard, never giving up and making changes in their lives in order to achieve. He also spoke about the injuries that he has faced over his career, including suffering from meningitis and becoming deaf in one ear, including how he still gave his very best in order to compete in athletics championships.
Deji explained what it takes to be an athlete and the things that you need in order to succeed. Later today, classes will have a chance to take part in PE lessons with Deji to find out more about his athletic skills.
If you would like to, leave a comment below letting us know what you thought of Deji’s visit to our school!
[Written by Mr Thorns]
What an amazing afternoon we had recently, when Blue team now known as Aderin-Pocock met together to start our campaign to win the Team Cup!!!
I have to say that it was not a quiet afternoon and we raised the roof with our new chant. A little more rapping is needed before we go public, but it is very inspirational – Well done Mr Maloney for writing it but even more congratulations should go to the enthusiasm of the children!!
We spent some time finding out about Maggie Aderin-Pocock and learnt that she found school quite difficult, but the main thing was not to give up but to keep on trying to achieve. She is an amazing example of someone with a growth mindset – she made many mistakes but learnt from every one of them.
We made some beautiful stars using lollipop sticks, glue, blue paint and ….glitter. See them decorating our display board in the hall. We also had a go at making telescopes ( Aderin-Pocock being an astronomer).
But the fun didn’t stop there. We learnt to sign too!
It was a fantastic afternoon and you can see from our team photo how much fun we all had. Can’t wait for the next one!
Go AP (Aderin-Pocock)
Photos to follow so watch this space for more news of our team.
Today saw children from Angelfish in Year 1 perform their class assembly. The children did a fantastic performance of a singing and dancing introduction to their assembly on Africa, including actions too! Mr Moloney has also been helping Miss Pullan with the dancing and singing to “Waka Waka” by Shakira and “Roar” by Katy Perry… if you would like to listen to the Waka Waka music again, click here:
During the assembly, the children spoke about different animals from around the world, which they have been working on in class. Other children spoke about what animals eat and how they travel around. They also spoke about their trip to Marwell Zoo and the different animals that they saw there.
Well done to everyone for a fantastic assembly! Leave a comment below to let us know what you think.
[Written by Mr Thorns]
Hello once again from Wales!
Yesterday saw groups tackle canoeing and mountaineering (making sure that everyone has had a chance over the week to do both amazing experiences) and the weather has continued to be “challenging”!
On the final full day of activities, children faced 50mph winds and torrential rain at 840 feet up the mountain! Clinging to bilberry plants on hands and knees, the children fantastically scaled the near vertical climb to reach the summit. Having survived, all then refuelled under an emergency shelter, while Mrs Shephard and Mrs Rattray lit a BBQ outside (as they couldn’t manage the claustrophobic conditions!). Further into the descent back down, Mrs Shephard fell over and rolled stylishly (like a commando-telly-tubby) in oversized waterproofs inflated by the wind – not her wind we might add. This group then faced a 1 mile walk through the abandoned railway tunnel through the hillside and a great time was had by all.
Meanwhile, Mrs Landon’s canoe group excelled at zig-zagging while travelling over the aqueduct. Mrs Landon then got stuck attempting to get out of her canoe, when her buoyancy aid became hooked on a branch (alas, we have not photos of this comedy moment!). Not to be put off, Mrs Landon continued by project managing the entire loading of canoes…. we fear that her poorly finger may have prevented her from lifting them.
The talent show last night ended a fantastic week. A special mention must go to Jenny L, who sang an amazing solo musical diary of her week in Wales. Very brave, exceptionally talented and captivated everyone. It was a very emotional performance too….
What a day – the children continue to impress everyone. A superb week for the Year 6’s – they have all shown excellent determination and collaboration to achieve, overcoming enormous personal hurdles along the way.
We all hope that the Blogs have been useful in giving everyone a small insight into life away from Holbrook at the residential. Thank you for all of your comments, feel free to continue leaving them below – we always love to hear what you think.
A final goodbye to everyone, from all in the Welsh Valleys. We shall see you all later today!
[Written by Mr Thorns ~ with updates from Mrs Sivier & Mr Plow]
Those who have not visited Wales, have been taking part in some offsite visits and fun activities back here in Gosport instead.
Today, we were visited by Hannah from Globefit-Hoola who taught us some hoola hooping tricks. We all enjoyed learning how to spin the hoops on our waists as well as our arms, which at first was a lot trickier than it looked. By the end, we were all confident hoola-hoopers and even created our own routines using tricks and moves taught to us!
“I was so much better than I thought I would be.” (Declan M)
“Once I got the rhythm right, I couldn’t stop. I was able to jump whilst spinning the hoop.” (Amy P)
Leave a comment below to let us know what you thought!
[Written by Miss Trenchard]
Another hello from Wales!
The second day has seen children tackle a range of adventurous activities, including dam building (while actually standing in the river) and an attempt at crossing the stream using team work! The weather had just about held for such events!
Other activities have included a very windy and perilous walk through a pitch black tunnel, with only sticks to scrape the wall as a guide. Some parts were steep and very hard work indeed. Canoe group had an amazing day, seeing ducklings, cygnets, several narrowboats with friendly people and even navigated a lock along the way – great teamwork!
The weather today has been mostly overcast, with the usual splattering of showers and downpours along the way – however, all are still in good spirits and the children are taking it all in their stride, pushing and challenging themselves too! Dinner was burgers, served with cous cous and homemade coleslaw, which was devoured by all!
Tomorrow should hopefully include caving, but it depends on the water-levels following the recent downpours, time shall tell! Keep an eye on the Blogs for the next update and leave a comment below to let us know what you think! Bye for now, from all in the Welsh Valleys!
[Written by Mr Thorns ~ with updates (and pics) from Mrs Sivier and Mr Plow]