The Children have just started their final activity of the week and will be ready to set set-off home by 12.00. The coach is expected back at school by about 3.30 - subject to Friday afternoon traffic on the M6 & M5. If we are going to be significantly late, for any reason, we will let school know and attempt to post updates here.
See you later!
Traffic has been quite heavy - it looks like we will be back at school by about 4.25pm.
The sun shone on Plas Gwynant today.
Green Group explored Borth-y-Gest beach and went gorge walking at Afon Goch.
Blue and Red Group went canoeing and gorge walking. Some children even took on the extra challenge of falling backwards into the water. It was extremely cold!
Sadly, due to a technical hitch yellow group do not have any photos from their day time activities. Yellow group went on a 7km hike over Bryn Ddu. They tackled some difficult, steep terrain whilst taking it in turns to lead the group through the mountain safely. The children learnt about the copper mines and even got the chance to explore the depths of the mines. With a cup of hot juice and biscuits for motivation, all the children made it back in one piece! Their communication and leadership skills were truly spectacular and were recognised by the leading instructor and Miss Humphries.
Our first full day at Plas Gwynant has been a roaring success: the heavy rain that was forecast held off and all four groups had a wonderful time.
The Red Group went hill walking and climbing over Mynydd Sygun to Nantmor. We investigated old copper mines. The children were pleased to find quartz crystals. Much fun was had playing in a waterfall and getting soaked - Mr McGowan too!
Yellow Group went to the beach to take on 'The Matrix', do some exploring and play with jellyfish. In the afternoon, they embarked on a thrill-a-minute gorge walk; everyone including Miss Humphries got soaked!
Mr Jones' Green Group went to Blaenau FFestiniog. We started the day by 'scrambling' up rocks to get to an old working slate mine called 'Wrysgan' - approximately 1500 feet high! Lunch was then duly eaten in the mine. Then we walked through different caverns and had to abseil down a steep incline. A fascinating and exhilarated day was had by all.
Miss Hinton's Blue Group visited Rhiwbach - a network of tunnnels and caverns. They spent the day exploring these underground passageways; learned to safely navigate their way down several chambers and finding out about the history of the slate mine industry.
We had a great journey to Plas Gwynant, arriving on time and with no travel sickness. The children have made their own beds (only 1 or 2 ended up inside their quilt covers!), unpacked their cases and have been issued with Plas Gwynant out door clothing. After exploring the site, climbing up to Eagle Rock or going for a paddle in the pond and getting to know some of the Plas Gwynant staff, we've had a great meal and have been out for a night walk in the woods. It's now time for drinking chocolate and off to bed.
Plas Gwynant Residential - Monday 19th November to Friday 23rd November
As the trip to Plas Gwynant is almost upon us, and the excitement is mounting amongst the pupils (and staff), here are few items of essential information:
You’ll find them here: http://www.abbeyfederation.co.uk > children > class-pages > Plas Gwynant 2018
(a copy of this letter will also be there, just in case!)
PLAS GWYNANT STUDENT KIT LIST
*All specialist outdoor equipment including waterproofs and rucksacks will be provided by the Centre.
*The clothes that you bring to wear for activities will get dirty, wet and scruffy so do not bring your best things!
*This list is a MINIMUM.
IF TRAVELLING TO THE CENTRE IN THE MORNING PLEASE REMEMBER TO BRING A PACKED LUNCH
Essential – for either summer or winter
Sufficient underwear and socks for the course length
Towel(s) and toiletries
Indoor clothes, shoes and slippers
2 T Shirts
Warm hat and gloves – yes, even in summer!
Lunch box – essential!
Pencil case – pens, pencils etc
3 warm woolly jumpers or fleeces
2 pairs of warm loose fitting trousers (NOT jeans)
1 long sleeved T shirts or football shirts
3 pairs of thick, preferably long, walking socks –
absolutely essential – thin socks will not do
2 pairs of old trainers – at least one pair will get wet
1 pair must be robust outdoor trainers suitable for walking on rough ground
Plastic dustbin liner for taking wet kit home in!
Secondary Schools only : £5.00 Deposit
Additional items according to season:
Winter or two week courses
Sun hat, sun cream, sun glasses
2 pairs of shorts, extra T shirts
Midge repellent - Plas Gwynant midges have voracious appetites!
Increase the number of jumpers/fleeces, socks, long sleeved Ts and trousers by at least one
Cotton layers next to the skin are not a good idea as they do not keep the body warm when they become damp. Thermal base layers are good.
Items available at the school shop
Wellington boots if you have them – not fashion wellies!
Camera - disposables are good
Ipod/MP3 player – there is a facility to play music from these in the games room
Mobile Phones: Please note: - there is no mobile phone signal at Plas Gwynant.
Chewing Gum: No chewing gum allowed – do not bring gum with you
Unfortunately not the ones with chocolate chips.
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