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Mersea Island 2022

Mersea Day 4 - The Last Post

The sun rose on our final morning on Mersea Island, while the early risers were packing up their luggage to prepare for our final day on residential. Miss Osborne flipped the hash browns and sausage muffins onto our plates for the last breakfast, then we all thanked Chef Josh for the delicious food he had served us over the last few days. We clubbed together into our activity groups for the final time, ensuring everybody got to have a turn on the Big Swing, Zip Wire and Pedal Karts before our return back to Acton. Mr Newcombe could be spotted snoozing in the Bush Craft area - sleepy head! After eating our packed lunches together at the cabins and making sure to leave them clean and tidy for the next group, Mrs Clow led our thanks for the instructors and we caught the coach for the short hop home. Well done all! Penguins 🐧 and Wolves 🐺

Mersea Island Day 3

Hello again from the Carribean… sorry, Mersea Island. Everyone had a really good sleep last night and refuelled this morning with a stack of American pancakes. All of the teachers noticed how settled and communicative our activity groups were today, with Kit Karts and Pioneering Catapults going together in record time. Rosie the instructor said Acton Primary are one of the best listening schools she has ever worked with! It has been great to see the quieter members of Penguin and Wolf Class start to take the lead when working through the Low Ropes and Adventure Course with their teams, too. We enjoyed some enormous hotdogs for lunch and then charged off for two more tasks, with Mrs Anderson particularly enjoying basking in the sunshine on the beach for Coastal Discovery and Mr Gibbons being very impressed by the children’s survival skills in Bush Craft. Next, everyone relaxed into an hour’s well deserved free time, playing football and rounders or just chatting with our friends in the afternoon sun (some people even showered!). Afterwards we came together for a group photo on the coast before tea. Finally, we tucked into our jacket potatoes to give us the energy to set up our own cinema for the evening’s entertainment - a DVD chosen by last night’s quiz champions. Only one more sleep to go, Wolves 🐺 and Penguins 🐧

After an evening’s stargazing, we enjoyed a classic first night away in our cabins, with many of us getting a good rest ready for Day 2. We wolfed (!) down our bacon rolls and pains au chocolat and again split into our five mixed activity groups - it’s really good taking on different challenges to other people and then discussing which ones we like best later on. This morning, we took part in off-road biking, pioneering, bush craft, pedal karting and much more. Following burgers for lunch, we all crammed in two more activities! Finally there was enough time to send as many Penguins and Wolves as possible through the showers, before coming back together for a chicken noodle banquet for tea and Miss Osborne’s world famous quiz night! Zzzzzz, Wolves 🐺 and Penguins 🐧

Well, what a delightful opening day! Many thanks to all the parents and helpers that set us off ahead of time this morning. We arrived at 10.30am with wonderful weather and got straight into our first activities. Each of the five groups have worked really well together, supporting everyone to push their boundaries and work towards our challenges, especially on the Big Swing and the Zip Wire! After tea this evening, we will be stargazing before settling into our cabins for a good night’s rest, with even more exciting activities waiting for us tomorrow. Wish you were here! Penguins 🐧 and Wolves 🐺

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