St. Anne's CE VC Primary School

Respect Responsibility Friendship Excellence

School Road, Oldland Common, BS30 6PH

01454 862500 Headteacher: Mr. Sean Quinn

Heatree House May 2018

May 21, 2018

Monday 21st May

The group have arrived safely at Heatree. The weather was warm and sunny. After having lunch we began a series of team building tasks, in the groups we will work alongside for the rest of the week. There were a range of challenges to overcome as well as launching rockets and saving kittens which looked remarkably like water filled balloons! All the children had a great time. The children then had time to settle into their rooms before tea, which was followed by a range of activities in the evening sun. After supper all seemed to be quite tired and settled down for a well earned rest.

Tuesday 22nd May

It was a hazy start to the day on the moor. As the sun rose the first rustling of children could be heard. All having rested, they woke ready for the day. After assembly and breakfast they enjoyed a range of group activities – today the rotation included kayaking, bush craft, archery, challenges being faced on the low adventure course or taking part in the wilderness venture. Everyone had a great time and during the morning the sun broke through the cloud and all enjoyed the warm summer weather.

Wednesday 23rd May 

It has been another beautiful day on Dartmoor – the weather has been glorious. We welcomed a couple of visitors for the day, they arrived early so they could take part in some of the activities. It was lovely that the whole of Year 6 was at Heatree for part of the week. The activities today were archery, wilderness venture, bush craft and climbing/abseiling – the children challenged themselves and thoroughly enjoyed all of the sessions. It has been a very busy week and we are now half way through the residential visit, but there are still plenty of activities to look forward to. Hopefully tonight the postcards will be sent home and you will be able to hear from the children how much they have enjoyed the week so far.

Thursday 24th May

It has been a very busy last full day at camp. Groups have been out on the moor, learning bush craft skills including making bread and eating it after cooking it on the camp fire. Children have been climbing the tower and abeiling back down and groups have been kayaking – we have all been very, very busy. The weather again was good, not as sunny as earlier in the week, but dry and warm. Tonight there was a campfire with songs and games before returning to the main house to begin packing. It has been an amazing week. The children have been enthusiastic and joined in all of the activities, really impressing their teachers and all the instructors at Heatree. Tomorrow is the final day of our visit – after breakfast we will finish packing and then enjoy orienteering before returning back to school. Hopefully we will all be back at around 3.00pm. See you all tomorrow.

Note from Mr. Quinn – I visited Heatree today. The children were all very happy and they all commented how much they had enjoyed the week. They have loved so many of the activities and challenges. The staff have been working hard supporting the children and have ensured the children have enjoyed a great week. The whole group – children and adults deserve great credit for the way they have all worked together during the week to make it another successful visit to Heatree. Well done and thank you to everyone. It is a little sad that some of the children seem to have suffered from a tummy bug during the week which has meant they have not been able to enjoy all of the activities. I wish them well and a speedy recovery and thank you to the parents who have been so supportive when we have called. I look forward to seeing all of the children when they return tomorrow.

Black and Red Group

Blue and Orange Group

Red and Yellow Group

Green Group

Orange Group

Black Group and Camp Fire