St. Michaels School Blog
It’s almost 1:00am now and we are finished for the day. As we are packing up in the my, which will be an interesting activity for many - trying to collect all their own belonging and close the case - therefore there will be no updates. We will send a ParentMail once we pass Dartford to give you a more accurate arrival time.
Finally, the time had come that many had been looking forward to for months while others had been dreading. It was a time to ascertain which group the children belonged to… “Adrenaline Junkies”, “Brave Souls” or “Cautious Colins".
It all began with a bag check upon entry to the park and then another large lunch on the grass. A quick clear up of empty wrappers and then one teacher took the A-Team to the far side of the park to find the main ride - Triops. There were a few faces within that particular group you would not expect to see but they forged forwards and surprised everyone, including themselves. One particular girl shone above all others; she rode every single extreme ride possible. This particular girl could possibly be the quietest member of the year group but amazed all around her, adults and children alike. She cared not who she would be seated next to as long as it meant that she would be on first.
Meanwhile, the B-Team were determined not to be labelled wimps and quickly (yet nervously) followed suit. These brave few double checked their seat belts and safety bars until there was no time to check anymore and they were shot skywards. Screams could be heard across the entire park and it's a shame the prevailing wind was not in our favour otherwise you would have been able to share this pleasure with us. One young lad (wearing his brand new shoes all ready for the meal later tonight) even decided to immediately repeat the experience by rejoining the queue as soon as he was able to find his legs again.
The C-Team were very much slow burners with a couple deciding to just sit back and watch/listen to the rest of the school scream and shout their way around the park. Despite this, the majority of the team found their courage and gradually levelled up through the attractions. “That was my first ever rollercoaster ride,” one proudly declared about the caterpillar ride they had shared with some locals over half their size. This was quickly superseded by the Big Wheel, The Raft (fondly renamed the plughole) and then even Famous Jack. Unfortunately, time can play cruel tricks and before they were able to conquer the Triops it was time to head back to the coach.
No matter which group they started in, by the end they all felt like warriors.
Our cunning back-up plan involved finding a large expanse of sand and again playing. The usual child-friendly activities began without incident. Annoyingly, the sand did tend to get everywhere but fortunately one of the staff turned out to be a dab hand at polishing the feet of one chap, even getting between the toes and finishing with a flourish.
Suddenly, within quick succession one child had a run in with a vicious crab which took offence at being man-handled so fought back, sinking its pincers deep into his palm. From a tiny flesh wound, poured an endless stream of blood; well, a few drops but that doesn’t sound as dramatic.
The other incident of note was the discovery of a half-eaten, soggy football that had been hidden / lost amongst the rocks by a previous owner who probably realised it had past its best. The finders began a simple kick around but then, from across the vast wasteland of the beach, the Testosterone Boys spotted this spherical object and raced elegantly towards it like moths to a light. Within seconds, the finders were overrun by those who really know how to play but they were unfazed.
Having worked up a real appetite, after all, they had listened earlier, we felt the need for ice-cream. Despite the fact that turning right from the beach would have had us arrive within 5 minutes, for some reason we went left. On a positive, we did see the whole of the town and top up our tans but arrived a further 25 minutes later. However, the ice-creams were large and offered in a plethora of flavours.
Such delights as: candy floss (also called bubble gum by the children), violet, coconut, speculoos? as well the more popular salted caramel, mint choc chip and vanilla.
Children arrived for breakfast in a relaxed manner, being calm and considerate of the other hotel users. We had advised them to go easy on the carbs as they would be collecting a croissant and pain aux chocolat from the bakery later in the morning. Off we set, ready to split up for the first time this week into the two classes.
Unfortunately, the baker was unwell and was unable host us. It was annoying that they had failed to inform us but rather let this ruin the day, we formulated another plan.
While the cogs whirred, one child who really had looked forward to seeing the bakery had his own private visit. This simply entailed walking down the road for a quick peer into the window and couple of photos and all was well again.
From the number of comments you've made - they have all been read and most shared - you are really enjoying this. We don't want to disappoint but tonight's nearly didn't happen as the WIFI has been a nightmare today.