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.


Greetings from Loch Insh!

We have finally managed to get internet access so this is hot off the press on a very wild and windy Thursday morning.  Intermittent sunshine but very cold still with winds a steady 20 knot, gusting to 30 knots.  Children are all out and about on activities with sailing taking place in larger dayboats rather than small dinghies.  The loch is a bit choppy for the kayaks and canoes but we are seeking out the more sheltered parts where possible.

Everyone slept well last night after a very busy day and evening.  Several children had to be shaken a couple of times to get them moving!  Last night after our meal we had a giant game of football on the local shinty pitch and then a “Drop the egg” challenge.  Everyone worked in small groups to create an invention which would cushion an egg when dropped from a height of 2 metres.  Well done to everyone for their fantastic enterprising inventions. Those whose inventions survived the first round were then dropped from a first floor window as a further test.

The food is plentiful and the teachers have been pleasantly surprised by the quality of it.  No one is going hungry!  Some of your children are learning to make sandwiches on their own so you will be able to hand over the task of packed lunches as from next week.  Be prepared for lots of dirty smelly clothes and shoes on our return.

We have taken lots of photos and videos which we will try to upload.  If we don’t manage to do this from here we will get them on the blog next week.


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