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Friday - Coming Home!
After a wonderful week at Lledr, the children are packing their things and tidying up, ready to come home. Walking boots are shiny and the gear store is spotless! We're off to Betws-y-Coed for lunch on our way home, enjoying our final hours of glorious Welsh sunshine! Fingers crossed everyone sleeps on the coach!
We have all had a fantastic week, with busy days and exciting evenings too. Here are some of the evening activities we've enjoyed:
On Wednesday evening we all headed near the lake to the fire pit. Here we had lots of fun roasting marshmallows!
Playing in the grounds of Lledr Hall
We enjoyed games of football, tig, rolling down the hill. You name it.
Mrs Butler's and Mrs Mann's group - Thursday
Mr Holcroft's and Mr Warburton's group - Thursday
Our final activity of the week was canoeing. We arrived at Llyn Padarn and basked in the sunshine. The children were then tasked with unloading the canoes independently, and tying them together to make a raft. It was then time to get into the lagoon, just off the main lake, where the children were able to practice. The plan was to then get onto the main lake, where we would have a lovely time paddling across, enjoying the scenery. This did not happen. Despite the lovely weather, it soon became apparent that the wind was against us, and as we entered the lake, the children were driven back. However, all turned out well, as we were able to briefly enter the main lake, make our way round to another lagoon and finally enter the water for a swim.
Mrs Butler's and Mrs Mann's group - Wednesday
Who would have thought you could have so much fun on a mountain walk? What a fantastic day, the children thought it was a great adventure. They were amazing. After a great start they started to slow down, but they all persevered and reached the summit. On the way down we took a wrong turn (but it was worth it). We all experienced what it was like to fall into the heather, mud, and marshes. Lots of laughter, Mrs Butler and Mrs Mann managed to keep, just about, we could wait to get into the minibus. Loved hearing what the children were saying about how they have never laughed so much.
Mr Holcroft's and Mr Warburton's group - Wednesday
Wednesday started with a leisurely stroll along the fisherman's walk, or so the children thought. Climbing along the rock face, hanging metres above the fast flowing river, the children were in charge of their own fate as they clipped themselves on and off the ropes that held them. Some were scared, but all persevered.
The afternoon was our turn on the gauge walk. Climbing up the flowing waterfall, the children also had the chance to slide down the rocks into pools of water. At the top, they worked their way through the "elephants bottom", a small whole in the rock, where they were greeted by some calm, fresh running water, allowing them a chance to swim.
Mrs Butler's and Mrs Mann's group - Tuesday
Despite the rain first thing this morning, our group set off to Llanberis. All the children helped to unload the canoes and set off along the lake, learning how to turn the canoe, work with each other and how to drive Mrs Butler and Mrs Mann crazy. They ate lunch and had a little walk up to the mine museum. The rain stopped so they toasted marsh mellows around the camp fire. Before returning back to the Centre, the children were allowed to show off their skills on the water and ended the day when they all jumped in off the jetty into the water.
Mr Holcroft's and Mr Warburton's group - Tuesday
On Tuesday, our group found ourselves up in the clouds as we hiked to the summits of both Allt Wem and Conwy Mountain. At the mountain's summit we found the ruins of an iron age fort - the view was spectacular.
The entire walk took around five hours, and on our journey we used our wits to solve puzzles and find four different geo caches.
Just as we got back to the minibus, our instructor told us about a girl who had broken her arm on the spot we were in. Lo and behold, it was an ex-pupil - no broken bones this time though!
For our final night we all put our pyjamas on after tea and headed to the Pj Party. We did lots of dancing, played games and ended with a Conga on our way to our final supper.
We loved this incredible assault course, climbing through tunnels and going across swings, especially the slide at the end!
Miss Moran's and Miss Rogers' group - Thursday
For our final day, our group were off on our walk to Devil's Kitchen. The Devil’s Kitchen is the name given to the dark, black crack which splits the rock of Clogwyn y Geifr (Cliff of the Goat) between Y Garn and Glyder Fawr. The whole day was filled with spectacular views. We gradually walked up towards our high lunch spot. We learned about the four mountains surrounding us and spotted the sleeping giant too. It was gloriously sunny but we made the steep climb just in time for lunch. We enjoyed coming back down and then having time to paddle and see lots of friendly fish.
But our day didn't end there! Once back at Lledr Hall, we enjoyed a quick swim in the on-site lake. A fantastic last full day at Lledr!
Mrs Fisher's group - Thursday
Enter text...Our final activity of the week was canoeing. We arrived at Llyn Padarn and basked in the sunshine. The children were then tasked with unloading the canoes independently, and tying them together to make a raft. It was then time to get into the lagoon, just off the main lake, where the children were able to practice. The plan was to then get onto the main lake, where we would have a lovely time paddling across, enjoying the scenery. This did not happen. Despite the lovely weather, it soon became apparent that the wind was against us, and as we entered the lake, the children were driven back. However, all turned out well, as we were able to briefly enter the main lake, make our way round to another lagoon and finally enter the water for a swim.
Mrs Fisher's group - Wednesday
The day had arrived, a 5 mile hike through the beautiful welsh country side. We started our walk along a fast flowing waterfall then...."How much further?", "How long is it?", "Is it dinner time yet?", "What time is it?", "I'm tired.", "My bag is heavy." - you can feel my pain and we were only 10 minutes in! The sun came out and we started to enjoy ourselves- we made art from nature, threw stones into the river and played pooh sticks. We persevered. We ate our lunch with the sheep and made reef boats to sail down the stream. We ended our hike with a great play on the park. And then... "Mrs Fisher, what are we having for tea?", "What are we doing after tea?", "What are we doing tomorrow?".
Miss Moran's and Miss Rogers' group - Wednesday
Today we set off on the minibus, under grey clouds, to Llanberis. Yet when we got there, there were beautiful blue skies. First we learned how to paddle our canoes in a pool off the main lake. Once we were ready, we entered the lake and battled strong winds to get across. Instead, we took a detour down the lake (with the wind) to our scenic lunch spot. Afterwards, we defeated the winds across the lake (as they had now changed direction), and were quite competitive to beat the other team to the beach we were aiming for, with great perseverance. After all our hard work, we enjoyed jumping in off the end of our canoes and playing in the water, and building a small campfire. Finally, with our expert canoeing skills, we returned back to our minibus, had a final play in the water, and carried all the boats back to the trailer.
Mrs Fisher's group - Tuesday
On Tuesday, our group got wet and wild on a gorge walk in the morning. We had a fantastic time sliding down stone water slides, throwing ourselves into a raging waterfall and beating the current.
In the afternoon, we faced quite a few fears on the fisherman's walk by walking a narrow plank above a fast flowing river and then climbing a ladder to the top. Best day ever from the Fisher Clan.
Miss Moran's and Miss Rogers' group - Tuesday
We were lucky enough to start the week with two fantastic activities - the Fisherman's Walk and gorge walking. Every single member of the group was fearless throughout and got stuck in to both activities.
During the Fisherman's Walk, all children moved quickly along narrow walkways and along ledges set above the jagged gorges. Whilst gorge walking, everyone braved the icy water to climb the rushing waterfall and didn't hesitate to dive-bomb into every plunge pool that they came across.
Year 5 have landed!
What a fantastic start to our 2019 residential stay at Lledr Hall! Upon arrival children got themselves suited and booted with all of the equipment they would need to tackle their challenges in the week ahead.
Once we had all of our equipment we headed off on a gigantic hike away from the Hall. Most children would be ready to put their feet up after so much walking; our Year 5s were up for even more adventuring with orienteering and 'crack the code' as they familiarised themselves with Lledr's grounds.
After all of that running around children were ready to tuck into their first big meal at Lledr hall - we even celebrated a birthday!