Blogs from 2nd September :
……..and last blog of the night goes to Sanaa : hi mum, dad, Sara and Aleena. I’ve had a good time. I’ve got a nice dorm. Rachel U has really made me laugh (and Mrs W too!). I really enjoyed abseiling. Miss you loads, can’t wait to see you tomorrow. x x x x x x 😀 😀
Jane : hi Emily at least you know how to use the computer. Say to mum and dad that I miss them lots and I miss you. I’ll tell you all the gossip from the dorms when I get back (it’s not safe on the web). Tell mum I would like cottage pie when I get back from Benmore. xx. 😀
Molly : loving it. Hi mum, dad and Anna. Having a good time at Benmore. Disco tonight. Sorry mum but I’ve got a case load of wet, smelly clothes. See you tomorrow. Lots of love, Molly. xx 😀
Megan : hey mum. Had a blast. Benmore was brilliant. Loved the food. HA, HA, KIERAN, I DID ALL THE ACTIVITIES INCLUDING KAYAKING AND I LOVED IT. I’d love chicken, cheese and ham kievs for tea please. 😀 😀 😀 (PS Hey dad)
Sophie : loved your messages. Hope Charlie is enjoying his time without me because he’s not getting any peace tomorrow. Hope you are enjoying yourself mum and say hi to Scott for me. Have had a great time and can’t wait to see you tomorrow. Hugs and Kisses from Sophie. 😀
Lauren: happy birthday dad – you look amazing for 21! Hi mum. Hope we’re having a Chinese tomorrow. See you soon.
Karen : thanks for the messages. See you tomorrow, too busy to blog!
Ross : hi, loving Benmore. Activities have been great fun. See you on Friday. Make sure Mum has pasta for dinner. 🙂
Nicole: loved the messages. Got really wet today but still had fun. See you on Friday. Love Nicole (give Bailey a big hug and kiss)xxx
Jay : to mum, dad and Sam – loving Benmore. Had loads of good activities. Favourite was Caving and I also liked kayaking ( didn’t fall in). Got loads of clothes wet, get the washing machine ready. Best meal so far has been the chicken curry. See you tomorrow, fire up the PS3. 😀
Tristan : hi mummy and daddy. I miss you, I miss you, I miss you! See you soon. Kieran better not be touching my stuff. Bye.
Shelley: thanks for the messages mum. Got a birthday cake tonight at Benmore. It was good, it was chocolate. My dorm is good. I have lots of my friends in my dorm. Weather been great. You’ll never believe it but I’ve climbed up a wall, I got up the high ropes. I loved the caving and the gorge walking – I like getting wet! Dominoes Pizza for tea tomorrow please. Miss you loads.
Jordan : hi mum, thanks for the message. I’m missing you loads as well. Hope Miller is getting on well at school and I hope that Murphy’s coat has grown back in. Tell Ben that he’ll never beat me at FIFA. 🙂
Kyle : Hi mum an dad (and Lewis I suppose) I’m having a great time. No I didn’t eat all my sweets on the bus down but I ate them all on the first night. Night, night, see you tomorrow. lol. z
Michael : thanks for the message mum. Missing you loads. Did you get my postcard? Have just shoved all my clothes in my bag without drying or folding them! Can I have a chippie for my tea (Kyle wants one too). 😀 PS Are we packed for Blackpool yet?
Mrs Thomas/Mrs Walker : Mr Thomas I hope you have sky+’d Waterloo Road and NOT watched it or there will be trouble. Can you make sure that there is a cold glass of “juice” and a Thai takeaway, mine is a pad Thai and a red curry, waiting for me. 😀 Mr Walker I hope that the girls have been to school all week and that it didn’t interfere with your golf too much! I’d like some “juice” as well, beef in black bean sauce and a HOT bubbly bath! Cheers.
Rachel E : me again, can I have a chicken feast pizza for dinner?
Message for Tom : hi Tom, how are you? Hope your arm is getting better – we are all missing you, rofl. Tom get mum to send Mrs W a text to tell her what your wellies look like. Sam’s got your eye popping out of a cow toy! Theo found Rory’s tenner. Mrs Thomas beat (actually thrashed) Rory at table tennis, lol. Craig vacuumed up David’s sock and David then thought they were clean and is now re-wearing them. Disco tonight, really upset you are not here we wanted to dance with you (from the boys!). Jake’s been telling ghost stories. See you tomorrow. From Sam, Rory and Liam.
Liam : Thanks for the messages mum – my nose is fine!!! I went abseiling and gorge walking today. The African rock isn’t very big but I did get very wet – no chance that they’ll dry before tomorrow. Can we go to Pizza Hut tomorrow night? lol.
Rory : hello mother. Hope you aren’t missing me too much. I don’t miss the boys but I’m missing you mummy. I lost a tenner and I was more worried about not getting World of Warcraft but I found it so panic over. Bye motherin. 😀
Rachel E : hi mum, dad, Keiran, Adrian and Alfie – thanks for the message – I’m still having a gr8 time. I’ve been abseiling and problem solving today. Can’t wait to see you. Hope Alfie is fine, have you taught him any new words? 😀
Emma : thanks for the messages everyone – I’m having a good time and I don’t want to come home! It’s gone so fast. I went abseiling and gorge walking today. It was really fun and I’ve tried everything. After the disco I’ll have to pack, get ready mum everything is soaking! 😀
Craig : thanks for the message. I went caving today and did the high ropes as well. Looking forward to seeing you. Everything is wet and smelly. I want pizza for tea! 😀
Yeah – normal service has been resumed. Thanks for all your comments the children are enjoying reading them.
Apologies for the technical difficulties that we have been experiencing but unfortunately broadband is a thing of the future in the middle of the Argyll forest! We had planned to upload photos and videos but alas the most we can manage on an internet connection routed via Italy is a few updates and comments from the children. We promise that we’ll upload all these goodies on our return!
So, the story so far. The weather has been fantastic and we have been able to really take advantage of this. So far we have been caving, canoeing, abseiling, gorge walking, high roping and problem solving. Even with the great weather we have managed to get wet doing every single one!! Lots of the children have conquered fears and are feeling very proud of themselves – great to see the child scared of heights at the top of a 30ft pole ready to throw themselves at a trapeze bar. Even more amazing to see those scared of the dark deep within the cave network of the mountain squeezing their way through a very (and I mean very) small tunnel. Most of all it has been very gratifying to see them all working together as groups to achieve their end goals.
On the lighter side of things – the teachers and adult helpers have been having a great laugh watching the children carrying out their daily chores. We never knew that you vacuum cleaners could be used to clean socks. Obviously all the children have self making beds at home and magic carpets that when clothes are dropped on them miraculously re-appear clean and pressed in drawers and wardrobes. Velcro has a lot to answer for with basic shoe tying skills sometimes being a stretch and one nameless soul actually managing to tie their shoelaces together and falling flat on their face much to the amusement of others!
Enough from us, lets see what the children have to say.
Jake : Benmore is awesome. My favourite activity so far has been canoeing and caving is the second best. Mrs Thomas and Mrs Walker made me write this!
Paul : I’m really enjoying myself because Benmore is so fun. My favourite activity yet has been kayaking and I tipped my boat and it was really funny.
Liam : Benmore is amazing. I’m having a great time. I had a nose bleed during the night (but I’m okay now mum!) The best activity so far has been caving and I nearly got stuck but I made it through.
Craig : Benmore is really fun. Having a gr8 time. Got a fun dorm. The best activity I have done so far is climbing and abseiling because I was proud that I climbed up really quick and get down safely.
Nicole : I’m having a great time. The activities are really good and I like my dorm. I’ve been bitten to death by midgies though! My favourite activity so far is climbing and abseiling. It was scary but I managed to do it.
David : Benmore is the best place I’ve been on my own. It’s great having all your friends around you. My favourite activity so far has been abseiling and climbing because it was gr8 to think you had climbed all that way. I can now tie my shoe laces separately! Thanx Benmore.
Rachel : I’m having a brilliant time in Benmore. The food is good. I’m enjoying all the activities. I’ve managed to do them all! Mrs Walker says I can now make my own bed!
BYE Thanx Benmore.
Emma : I’m having an amazing time. I’ve enjoyed the rope course the best so far. I managed to get up to the second level first time but the second time I got right to the top and even managed to hang upside down. By the way mum – “I’m fine and the food’s great”. It has gone really quick as well.
Mrs Walker & Mrs Thomas : aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaghhhhhhhhhhhhh!
Keith : trying my best to keep up with group 4 as they climb up climb down, run, solve problems and had even managed to stay dry until today!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Big Emma: I did not realise I wouldn’t get away with out doing the activities, kids are awesome and competitive! Up for all the activities and challenges that are being thrown at then. Weather has been really good and here’s hoping it lasts! Bring on Friday!
On this page P7 will be blogging about their experiences at Benmore…
You can leave them a comment at any time by scrolling to the bottom of the page.
P7 are experiencing ‘technical difficulties’ at Benmore so may not be able to blog as often as they hoped!! Everyone arrived safely and took part in a night walk on Monday evening. They all got very muddy. Mrs Thomas and Mrs Walker said it was funny watching P7 attempt to make their beds. This morning (Tuesday) some of the boys woke up VERY EARLY.
Day 2 Benmore House…
Mrs Thomas was pushed into the loch by her group, very funny! So far the weather has been amazing but there are lots of midgies. Some groups have taken part in caving, high ropes and abseiling and the chicken curry for tea was “awesome”!