A throw away comment suggesting an early morning swim saw 4 of us, Mr Yorath, Mr Bell, Mrs Shepley-Clarke and me heading into the lake just after 6 – it was certainly bracing but we swam out to the flag and back whilst Mr Bell admirably headed out and did a circuit of the island and then topped it off with a run! The hearty breakfast and hot tea that awaited us was delicious and set us all up for the day.
Next up was taking a look at all the different activities set up including, cookery, fencing and fishing – the photos say it all as the students really got involved and enjoyed themselves – even if the fish weren’t biting!
Next up a short-ish drive across to Kruklanki to meet up with Mr Kinlan, the Year 7 Form Tutors and Year 7. What a beautiful spot! We have been impressed with both camps particularly with how much they are continuously being improved and re-furbished – the swing sets are really popular at both camps and it was the sight of the Year 7s squealing and laughing as they played on these outside that greeted us as we arrived at the camp.
Kruklanki had a hidden talent this year in the form of a wonderfully creative dance instructor who, very patiently, taught a large group of us a quite complicated dance routine – it was wonderful fun and really quite complex to remember all the steps and moves. All in all today we have watched our students participate in tag rugby, canoeing, dancing, archery and cookery – and once again the photos show the fun and enthusiasm had, and shown, by all.
This evening we rounded supper off with presentation of commendation certificates to those students who their Form Tutors felt had excelled during the day in reflecting our school values: Community, Diversity, Respect & Honesty. Evening activities focused further on our school values and provided everyone with the opportunity to discuss and collaborate on these ideas so that we can return with a deeper understanding of and strong believe in what we feel is most important to our community at TBS.
The best is yet to come, as I sign off we are heading down to meet around the bonfire – the weather has been somewhat unpredictable so a bonfire is the perfect ending to a great day.
..Oh, one last thing, Mr Yorath’s challenge to me of swimming in every lake we visit is now down to 2 out of 4 lakes – a swim before supper this evening was a great way to finish the day’s activities- so that was a 6am swim and a 6pm swim in two of Poland’s most beautiful lakes- how lucky are we?
Next stop, Serwy and Lesna Ryba….