After breakfast, chores and dorm inspections it was time to meet our instructors and talk about our final day’s activities.
This morning we went on a forest walk. We did lots of scrambling and enjoyed falling in the mud. We played a game of ‘camouflage’ where we had to hide in the woods. We finished by having a shelter building competition.
After lunch we headed for the gorge. We had a fantastic time taking in the challenges the gorge had to offer. I was very impressed once again with the resilience and team work demonstrated. Sliding down the rapids was the perfect way to end a fun filled week!
This morning we went caving. We made our way up the hillside and tackled the St Thomas’ cave. Everyone made into the cave and attempted to move through the cave, although some found it more challenging than others.
What a fantastic afternoon on the forest walk! We scrambled our way up to the top of Puck Glen, through rhododendron bushes, ditches thick with mud and fallen logs and tree trunks. We had to go over, under, crawl and scramble our way up! We then made our way down to the lovely waterfall, where we had a splashing time! This was followed by hot chocolate and making our way back.
We started off climbing and abseiling this morning. We went down to the climbing wall where we practised traversing, abseiling and climbing up the walls. Then we went along to the quary where everyone in the group successfully managed to abseil down the rock face.
This afternoon the group decided to go caving. The first cave we went down we had to be lowered down by ropes. We managed to turn off our head torches when we were all safely sitting in the cave. We then scrambled and climbed out of the cave. We then went through the St Thomas’ cave, which was very tight and was shaped like a Toblerone at parts. Even though it was cramped and some of us got nervous we all completed it. I was incredibly proud of everyone.
Donuts and juice were much needed after our afternoon activities! After some free time we had dinner of pizza and wedges, followed by Black Forest gateau. We went to the tuck shop and did our diaries about today’s adventures. We about to hit the disco soon!!
After breakfast, chores and dorm inspections, we met our instructor to get going with our first activity.
We had an adventure packed day today! We started at the climbing wall. We got a bit of practise on the indoor walls but quickly proved how capable we were and so it was off to the quarry! I was so impressed with how well the group supported one another and proud of those that faced their fear of heights.
After lunch we went out canoeing on the Loch. We had great fun playing head shoulders knees and toes and battleships. We all managed to stay fairly dry….apart from Miss Stewart who fell in 3 times!
We tackled the bikes first thing this morning. We learned a few skills such as slow peddling, body weight challenges and bum on a wheel. We did the trails through puddle lane, attempting to get every puddle on the way and seeing who was the wettest and the muddiest! We played fox and hound as well.
We went climbing on the climbing wall this afternoon. We were put through our paces going across the wall using different moves. We all managed to get up to the top of the climbing wall. We all did the abseil down the wall and then some managed the extra challenge of the overhang.
We went orienteering first thing this morning. We started off with a challenge in pairs to draw a map of the library. We then had to use a map of the centre to find letters hidden inside and outside of the building. After managing to unscramble these, we used electronic tags to find different posts outside the centre to and complete the course first! We spent a little time on the low ropes course together with some other challenges.
Wow! What an afternoon we had. Everyone had an amazing time on the mountain bikes and what enthusiasm and energy we had! We loved tearing down puddle lane, going through the mud, racing through the forests and other trails.
We had tea and cake and enjoyed some free time before dinner. We went to the tuck shop and wrote our diaries. We worked with Bonaly in a team game of Cluedo where we had to find clues hidden in the ground floor rooms. Everyone got to sleep really well.
After breakfast of cereal/ porridge/ fruit and scrambled egg/ bacon/ toast, it was the first dorm inspection of the week. Very good scores today, but room for improvement! We then met our instructor to find out what we were doing for the day.
Group 6 started with orienteering today-the perfect chance to explore the grounds! Whilst we found using a map tricky to begin with, we soon picked it up and had some record times for finding all the map points!
After lunch we went mountain biking. It was fantastic fun racing through all the puddles on ‘puddle lane’. We then had the opportunity to stop by the river for a stone skipping competition. The toughest challenge of all was the slow motion cycling competition- the last person to cross the line wins! Some great balancing and perseverance across the group!
This morning Group 7 started in the beautiful gorge. Everyone worked together, although there were challenges and the cold to work through. Some loved the water slides and dunking their head under the water!
In the afternoon they went orienteering. Each competed against each other using maps and their navigational skills. The final challenge was to work together and demonstrate their map skills getting the group through the forest and back to Benmore.
Group 8 had a forest morning in the morning. Everyone took it in turns to lead the group scrambling up the forest hill. Some parts took careful navigating! Everyone had a great time sliding down the tunnels and we enjoyed some hot chocolate to warm us up.
This afternoon we tackled the gorge. Even though a few people were nervous about this as they didn’t know what to expect everyone gave it a great go! We encountered lots of challenges along the way, including the balance beam and along the rock wall without getting our feet wet. I was very proud and impressed as everyone in the group tried the keyhole, which is the biggest challenge of the gorge. We continued to make our way through the gorge getting wet along the way!
After tea and cake everyone had a bit of free time. Dinner was spaghetti bolognese followed by apple crumble. We went to the tuck shop for the first time and also wrote in our diaries about our camp experience so far. Our evening activity was a quiz. We were in groups with pupils from Bonaly finding information from all over the centre. Everyone settled well for a good nights sleep!
Thank you to all parents and family that waved us for our trip to Benmore! We all enjoyed watching Charlie and the Chocolate Factory on the bus, and after a quick stop in Luss for lunch we arrived with a massive cheer at Benmore! After juice and biscuits we met our instructor and our activity group.
Group 6 – Matt and Miss Stewart
Group 7 – Jo, Heather, Mrs Murrell
Group 8 – Jamie and Miss Collier
We got a tour of the centre before challenge one- making our beds!! After we had unpacked we went down to the stores and get kitted out in wellies and waterproofs. Each group then went on a walk around the Botanic Gardens and team building. Some of us still managed to jump in puddles and get muddy!
Back at the centre we had tea and cake before having a bit of free time. After dinner of fish and chips followed by jelly and ice cream we wrote and sent our letters home. We then got back into our waterproofs for the nightwalk. Our challenge was to follow the rope as a team through the forest in the dark. Communication was vitally important for this! We all got very muddy and all completed the course. Everyone settled quickly for bedtime.
OUR CURRENT FOCUS ACROSS THE SCHOOL IS NUMBER BEFORE AND AFTER.
From Tuesday 24th October to Friday 24th November
What will this look like for my child?
Number before and number after within Early Level (Nursery and P1, but earlier or later for some)
- Say the number after/before
- in the range 1 to 10
- then 1 to 20
- then 1 to 30
Number before and number within First Level (P2, P3 & P4, but earlier or later for some)
- Say the number before/after/between for numbers up to 1000
- Say then number 10 before/after a given number
- Say the number before/after in the times table (e.g. in the 3 times table, what is the number after 21?)
Number before and number within Second Level (P5, P6 & P7, but earlier or later for some)
- Say the number before/after in the times table (e.g. what is 6 more than 42?)
- Say the number a tenth more/less than (e.g. what is a tenth more than 6.2?)
Number before and number working towards Third Level (S1 – S3 but earlier or later for some)
- Say the number before/after in a sequence (e.g. going up in tenths, what is the number after 4.15?)
The council is seeking the views of parents/carers on future school session dates for 2019/20 and beyond.
The questionnaire should only take a few minutes to complete. The link to the survey is:
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The survey will be open from Wednesday 4 October until Friday 10 November 2017.
Stockbridge Primary will be open as part of the Edinburgh Council Open Day for schools, on Thursday 2nd November 2017. Primary 7 pupils will be giving tours of the school buildings. Parents should ring or email the school office to book a slot.