IOW 2017 Gallery
Day 1 Tuesday
What a great day it has been despite the weather when we left Loose.
A bit of a detour on our journey due to heavy congestion on the A3. We had a lovely tour through Sussex and then boarded the ferry at 1pm.
1pm – we ate our lunch on the ferry (for those of us who had not eaten it already!) and then some of us queued at Costa to order smoothies, caramelised lattes and other posh drinks.
We then made our way to Amazon World. It felt like we were actually in the rainforest as we got a bit wet in the heavy showers. At least they were just showers. We fed some of the animals and walked amongst some unusual and loud birds. We had a great time especially for some of us who loved the ice-creams and the beautiful items we bought in the shop.
We then made our way to Winchester House. Listened to the rules, had a fire practice and some of us unpacked.
Dinner was delicious and staff were served by pupils. Then it was off to the park for football, rounders and lots of fresh air.
Funny quotes: (As always unnamed to protect identities but you know who you are!)
- I only have 3 photos left. I took them all on the ferry.
- Why do we need passports?
- What are those animals in the field? They are too big to be sheep. They are horses.
- What is arctic roll?
- Isn’t it good they’ve all had a run around. They might fall asleep early.
- £3.85 for an ice-cream is worth it.
- I’ve found 20p so I’ve got more money than I came with.
Day 2 Wednesday
We all had an amazingly good sleep. There were no midnight feasts and the children were woken at 7am. They were playing outside games with our staff for quite a while last night. Maybe there was a strategy here to ensure all the children slept well. Whatever, it worked!
After a scrummy breakfast of sausages, hash browns and beans we were off to Blackgang Chine. It was very windy but the rain held off for us. We enjoyed the water slide and cliff hanger roller coaster so much that we kept going back for more rides. We also went to cowboy town, got lost in the maze, got squirted on in dinosaur land and experienced much more fun in the park. Of course we visited the shop where the children bought very sugary and strangely coloured confectionery. Their lips and mouths seemed to turn blue and that was not because they were cold!
From Blackgang we travelled to the Donkey Sanctuary with whom we have a strong affiliation. The sanctuary is very grateful for our support over the years and showed us how they have used our money to help more donkeys.
Tonight we had roast and we are enjoying games outside before hot chocolate and bed later. We think they will all sleep very well and no doubt so will the staff.
The trip so far has been wonderful because of how well-behaved and polite the children have been. They are making good choices and decisions and just seem so grown up. It is also heart-warming to see the compassion and care they take of each other.
Some more funny comments from today:
- I had no idea I would get wet on Water Force.
- I’ve done a course for getting on a horse so I can get on.
- If I was 28cm shorter I couldn’t ride this because you have to be 1.1m and I’m 137cm.
- Mr Corcoran would like to buy a donkey.
- There are 91 donkeys at the sanctuary. Sadly Poppy died recently- she had 37 000 hits.
- The Shetland ponies are just like us; small and cheeky.
- When looking at a field of donkeys one of us said, ‘Half my family is here………we have the same names.’
Day 3 Thursday
It was very quiet this morning at 7am except for a number of knocks on doors staff had to do to wake them up.
We have all showered by now. (Well at least the children are asked to shower each day.)
It was a very special breakfast for one special lady, Freya - Happy 11th Birthday! We all sang as loud as we could and made sure she was served and spoilt on her table.
We set off at 10am for Dinosaur Isle after bacon butties for breakfast. Our coach drivers, Mark and Jake, are so friendly and are playing great music for us all (well those of us who know the words) to sing along to.
We spent the morning at Dinosaur Isle, learning about fossils and dinosaurs. Maidstone was apparently one of the first places in the country where dinosaur fossils were found. The Iguanodon is on the Maidstone crest.
After lunch and a photo session so pictures of us could be tweeted, we were off to Alum Bay and The Needles to learn about glass making, how sweets are made, coastal erosion (The Needles) and the coloured sands found on the cliffs.
The sweet making made our mouths water. This was sorted the sweet factory letting us taste the sweets they had made. They were still warm!
For dinner it was pizza and a lolly for a treat then straight out again for bowling and Laser Quest in Ryde. It was a great last night together but we are very tired as we came back at 10pm.
Hooray, tomorrow we can have a bit of a sleep in and go to breakfast in our PJs as we do not need to leave for Robin Hill Park until 9.45am.
It truly has been a real pleasure to be with the children. Throughout the week we have seen their confidence and independence grow. We have all thoroughly enjoyed our few days together. They are a credit to you.
There will be no more posts (only a few Tweets) now as we are home tomorrow!
See you soon at 8pm back in Loose.
Some more funny comments from today:
- My favourite time of the day is getting money from Mrs Cornell in the morning.
- Every time I see you, Mrs Makey, I keep thinking I have to tuck my shirt in.
- The Dinosaur man told us, ‘We have fossils in our toothpaste. It’s silica.’ Then someone said, ‘Do we have fossils in mouthwash?’