Year 6 children went to the Isles of Scilly camp for their residential and what an experience they had! From the first day to the last, the children’s behaviour and positive attitude was a joy to witness. It was truly marvellous to have members of the public approaching us and complimenting the children on their wonderful manners and positive behaviour. Well done to all of the Year 6 campers for the well deserved praise. Below is a summary of our experience.
On the first day, we took the ferry across from Penzance where the ride was bumpy to say the least! However, despite some seasickness—including staff—we arrived on St Mary's with positive thoughts about the trip ahead. The children then made their journey from the harbour to the campsite, stopping off for a rest at a local beach along the way. Monday evening finished with a BBQ and games back on the campsite including a large football match against Ludgvan School who were camping on the same site; a famous 1-0 win for St Columb rounding off the day nicely.
On Tuesday, the children enjoyed games and activities on the beach as well as fishing out to sea. The Year 6 pupils took well to fishing, capturing well over 100 fish between both groups! The evening’s entertainment involved playing bingo and trying our hand at face painting with some not so willing volunteers from the teachers!
We enjoyed a more relaxed day on Wednesday: the children participated in a range of sports, arts and crafts and circus skills on camp. Additionally, the children had some free time with their friends around the campsite; this was interrupted by a water fight started by the teachers. Needless to say, the children got their own back and soaked every member of staff in sight! One of the highlights of the day was the indoor swimming pool where we enjoyed some games and free time in the pool.
Thursday for many was the best day yet! We took part in stand up paddle boarding and kayaking. The children thoroughly enjoyed this and it was wonderful to see their confidence and enjoyment when tackling these activities. The Year 6 campers also had some free time afterwards in the sea; we really enjoyed playing games and paddling in the sea.
On Friday, after packing up the campsite, we made our way down to Hugh Town, stopping at the pond to feed the ducks on the way. Thankfully, the sea was calmer and the children enjoyed a smooth passage back on the ferry. The whole year group had a wonderful time, creating memories that will last a lifetime. Well done Year 6 for a super residential!