Last day at Loch Insh

The weather this morning is fantastic – blue skies and calm, although still not very warm.  The loch is like a millpond so lucky we are not sailing this morning.  The only group on the water are canoeing, but they will be able to explore a bit more of the loch and go on a bit of a journey towards the end of their session as it is so still.  Yesterday the waves made the kayaking and canoeing very challenging.

The disco night last was awesome with everyone in their disco gear and some cool moves on the dance floor!  The disco was organised by the instructors and there was an impromptu limbo contest.  After the disco all the children were presented with a certificate for their achievements this week and then we watched a film of all their exploits.  Centre staff have been filming all week and created a compilation of all the activities.

The first sitting have had their breakfast and are away now to pack, strip beds (so that is another skill they have mastered this week) and do a final tidy of the dorms before starting our final activity session.  Mrs Baillie is getting on to the water for the first time this week (we think she has been watching the weather forecast secretly and waiting for the best weather) and Mrs Wareham is going to try the skiing.  Archery, problem solving, and the tour boat are also on the timetable for this morning.  The tour boat has not run so far this week as the conditions have been too rough, but we are hopeful that the last two groups today will get a chance to do this.   Loch Insh is a beautiful spot and there is still snow on the hills around us.

PC Dobbie has been with us all week and has had a ball!  She has been impressed by the behaviour and attitude of the children, as have the centre staff.  She has been a real asset to the staff team and we are delighted that she was able to come.  Mr Barnes is of course an ‘old hand’ at  Loch Insh and has enjoyed being back with the children.  He is also looking forward to waving goodbye at the end of today!  The children have learned a lot about personal independence, getting themselves and their kit organised, keeping to time schedules, living and working alongside others, teamwork and many other life skills.

We anticipate leaving here around 1pm and being back in NB around 4pm.  We will phone school when we have a pit stop at Kinross and any changes to the timings will be put on the blog later on today.


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  3. That sounds like loads of fun. Can’t wait to Skype some of you and get told all about it! Hope you have had fun
    From Hattie

  4. Sounds like you’ve all had a fantastic time. What a great experience to remember for a very long time. Many thanks to all the staff! Safe home. X

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