Good evening everyone from sunny Calshot where we are currently experiencing a beautiful sunset. Everyone had a good night’s sleep and very few children were up before the scheduled wake up time of 7.15am. Breakfast was a full English, which the majority of children opted for. After that, we returned to Lawrence House for room inspections. Mr Parrott and his team reported to me that many of the children had made a good effort to keep their rooms tidy – cue puzzled parents looking at each other and saying, “Well, they don’t do that at home!”
At 9.00am the morning activities began. Groups 1 & 2 alternated between initiative tests and skiing this morning; Group 3 had climbing and archery; Group 4 had skiing and shootin where Jamine Edwards and Molly Hudson excelled; Groups 5 & 6 were terrific trawling while Group 7 had shooting and skiing. Among the stories to emerge this morning were that Jessica East is a sharpshooter and knocked down a tower of plastic cups in a single shot. Group 6 caught a couple of jellyfish when they went trawling – one of which was pregnant as it had purple rings, and Charlie Humphrey had the time of his life on the climbing wall swing.
Lunch was a choice of meatballs, enchiladas or paninis. As usual, we’ve been really impressed with the variety and amount of food on offer. We quickly moved on to the afternoons activities and Group 1 & 2 went sailing. As it was very blustery, they were accompanied out on the water by instructors rather than pairing up with their friends. Groups 3 & 4 went kayaking while Group 5 had initiative tests and then moved to the climbing wall. There are some very good climbers in Group 5, but it was also nice to see some of the first time climbers such as Holly Aynsley really do well at this activity. Group 6 spent their afternoon on cycle skills and orienteering while Group 7 went trawling.
Dinner was a choice of roast beef with all the trimmings or a quorn fillet before we went to the evening activity: egg drop. The children were split into teams and had to use limited materials to create a protective device for an egg which would be dropped from the roof of the main hanger. The eventual winners were Scarlett Leduc, Gemma Lapicki, Phoebe Hopkins and Lottie Weavis whose egg survived not one but two drops.
Lawrence House is very quiet tonight as the children sleep after a very long but enjoyable day. More news tomorrow.
Photos tend to be Group 5 centric. Don’t worry, other photos have been taken
Group list is published below as requested.