03 July 2018

Storming the Castle on the Isle of Wight

Tuesday morning – we awoke to a glorious day in Sandown. The sun was shining, the air fresh, the sea and sky a fantastic shade of blue. After a hearty breakfast, we all headed to the enormous Sandown Adventure Park where we burnt off some energy on the rides and activities.  Pleasingly, the children received their first complement of the week – a local lady was extremely impressed by the polite and positive behaviour of the children in the park and shared her experience with Ms Hunt.  Shortly after 10 O’clock, we set off in our coaches to Carisbrooke Castle, a one thousand year old medieval castle situated on a hilltop in Newport in the centre of the island.  Once we had assembled in our groups, which were a mix of children and staff from across the three schools, we headed off to explore the castle.  A variety of activities and experiences were had throughout the day and we were delighted to be joined by Ms Achenbach, Headteacher at Whitehorse Manor Junior School, who joined us for the day.  Some of the highlights included ascending the ramparts and imagining what life would have been like a sentry on guard many years ago, exploring the castle gardens and learning about the herbs from the castle gardener.  Some discovered more about medieval life by walking through the inner castle and some of us even got to meet the castle donkeys!  After an action packed afternoon, it was back in the coaches to have an early dinner and to get ourselves for the evening’s entertainment – watching the (incredibly exciting) football or a trip to the theatre for an all-singing, all-dancing, out-of-your seat pop music party.  Whichever the children had chosen, it was an exhilarating evening’s entertainment.  Those at the theatre ended the evening with a twilight stroll along the promenade between Shanklin and Sandown, while those watching the football burnt of their excess energy by celebrating a deserved England win.  Off to bed now ready to go to Robin Hill Country Park tomorrow where we can expect another day of action-packed outdoor adventures!

Published on 3rd July, 2018

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