6H residential – day 1
Wednesday 5th June | 13 comments
We all arrived safe and sound at How Stean Gorge. The children had a lovely lunch with the children from 6S before setting up their tents.
We then separated into 3 groups and prepared for our first activity.
Group 1 got harnessed and helmeted up ready to have a go at the via ferrata. All the children along with Mr Cooke and Mrs Heap, completed it successfully.
Ruby said, “We had to walk across a beam over the gorge and then we had to climb on the rock face. We lowered ourselves carefully over the edge and climbed along. We always had 2 clips on which we had to move one at a time. At the end of the via ferrata, we had to head through a cave that used to belong to a highwayman. It got darker and darker and we had to pass messages to each other about what was coming up. The best part of the via ferrata was the beam because it was fun. Adam, our instructor with a Viking-like beard, was really encouraging and helpful.”
Will said, “It was extremely fun.”
Abbie said, “The best bit was the ladder across the gorge. It was scary and very exciting. I am very proud of myself for completing it”.
Group 2 went caving at a cave at How Stean with Mrs Wallace. All the children wore ‘cave paint’ on their faces and looked amazing.
Grace said, “We crawled through some deep pools over some huge boulders. We squeezed through some tight gaps between them and got very wet and muddy.”
Dom said, “It was quite difficult to get in and out of the caves because we had to lower ourselves through a small hole. The first bit was quite tricky because of the tight gaps and pointy boulders. I really enjoyed it. The best bit was where we almost lost the instructor when he hid from us!”
Group 3 headed off to cave at a local cave a few miles away called Manchester Hole with Mrs Hawkhead. Everyone completed all the cave although some came back a little soggy!
Luke said, “We had to wear special red caving suits with a belt and helmet. We had to climb down over boulders into the stream running through the cave. It was as pitch black inside. At one point, we climbed up part of the cave using a rope. When we got to the top we saw stalactites.”
Paige and Faith said: “We liked climbing up the roped section and sitting at the top. We turned off our lights and had to try to poke each other’s noses – but we missed! At one point, Danny our instructor went ahead and hid and we had to turn off our lights and try to find him by guiding each other along the cave.”
After everyone successfully completed the first activity, we headed back for a wonderful evening meal at the café. We had lasagne and garlic bread followed by fruit salad and ice cream. Delicious!
We then headed out for an evening walk to the local village of Middlesmoor before coming back for hot chocolate and biscuits.
The children are now all tucked up in bed.