Holland 2018: The quiet day

Long lie this morning, breakfast at 08:00 Dutch time – which is Tuesday in the UK

The agreed collaboratively planned lesson:


  • To develop responsible team working skills where nobody is left behind
  • to provide multi-venue opportunities to show resilience and perseverance under pressure, requiring resourceful quick thinking to solve real life problems as they are encountered in a unfamiliar environment.


  • By tackling the Europe’s largest high ropes course and associated Alpine Roller Coaster
  • Water based activities in the fun filled Mosaqua pool
  • Team working at LaserTag at Valkenburg Agogo.

Our planned intention is to avoid added vomit as previously conducted self evaluation and reflection has identified that this is now an activity which we have all achieved Level 3 Secure by the end of S1 (although we will obviously not be using this language in reports)


  • Why not

Holland 2018: Phantasialand report

An early start this morning for our cross border incursion to the Bundesrepublik Deutschland to the amazing Phantasialand

Today has been a full on festival of fun, food and fast coasters, and today we really have seen it all – sometimes twice!!

The lesson sequence was:

Breakfast – Bus Journey (sorry Coach) – Tuck Shop – River Quest – Ice Cream – Colorado Adventure – Churros – Talocan – Chocolate Strawberry kebabs – Taron – Bratwurst mit brötchen – Chiapas die Wasserbahn – Chicken Nuggets – Black Mamba – BREAKFAST AGAIN – Maus au Chocolat – small sips of water

Every day is learning day and today the unintended learning intention has been around the motion path of vomit from a small boy on a recently halted Roller Coaster. Todays experiment would appear to indicate that it does not travel very far but can cover quite a significant surface area, even of bits not in the initial motion path. It would appear that it can also cause other coaster users to have a delayed exit whilst park staff enact their  “Code Lumpy Carrot” decontamination procedures.

Fortunately the shop on the park carries a small range of garment suitable for small boys covered in puke and the fun was able to continue after the learning had stopped.

An important feature of any science experiment is reputability, on this occasion following an extensive and involved self-evaluation exercise it has been decided that effort to repeat this experiment would be best delayed until next year.

As predicted in yesterdays blog comments there was much more screaming today – “CAN I GET A SICK BAG” was a feature of the return journey.

Monday is the rest day – and learning more stuff!


Holland 2018: Initial Report

Welcome to this initial report on the progress being made by our young people as they develop their four capacities and six R’s within the structure of the framework provided by the Preston Lodge High School “Aims & Values”.

This is a short reflective analysis of the impact of this experience and the opportunities provided through full participation in all of the learning tasks which have been planned by the highly trained staff and of course by completing the pack of graded worksheets.

We of course intended to complete several of these reflections over the duration of the sequence of planned teaching and learning episodes which will form a significant component of our Self Evaluation. We will have online questionnaires, focus groups, planned observations and lots of colouring in with highlighters.

Did we also say that the kids are fine? Well, yes, we think so. We’ll do a ‘headcount’ tomorrow morning to make sure.