Summer Holiday Adventures

STRiVE SCHOOL OF ADVENTURE an East Lothian charity for outdoor learning and adventure

Summer Holiday Adventures in East Lothian

We have some really exciting and adventurous holiday programmes this summer with activities including rock climbing, coasteering, skateboarding and mountain biking.

Surf Rescue

A course running on Friday afternoons from May 29th – end of term for to gain confidence, respect and knowledge about the ocean environment, learn surf rescue and first aid techniques and to be part of a surf rescue training team.

Please see the 3 posters below for more information and contact details.

Many Thanks

Sally

Sally Harris | Senior Youth Development Worker

STRiVE Adventure

Holiday STRiVE Zombie STRiVESTRiVE Adventure Surf Rescue Poster

April Update

Pupils should be bringing home their copy of April Newsletter Update today.  Unfortunately a photocopier glitch meant that we were unable to get it out in time for our morning Nursery children to take it home, but we have sent it out to all other classes this afternoon and a copy is available to download below.

School newsletter April 15

 

School Uniform

The company who supplies our school uniforms has changed premises and are in the process of having new flyers printed with their contact details, address etc but in the meantime you can download the flyer below.

New email address:   info@eeslimited.com

Phone:  0131 621 7222

Website:   www.eeslschools.com

Uniform flyer

 

New Lunch Menu

The new lunch menu starts on Monday 27th April, you should have received a copy home this week via pupil post, but you can also download a copy below.

Please take time to look over the menu with your child as there are quite a few changes for this coming term.  In particular, please note the choice for soup, this is not available every day, and the Baked Potato fillings are not all available every day.

This menu will continue through until October.

Summer Menu

 

Parent/Carer/Teacher Consultations

Your child will be bringing home a letter today with information about the new online system we are trialling for our Parent/Carer/Teacher Consultation appointments on Tuesday 24th and Thursday 26th March.

There is a copy of the letter below incase yours has not made it past the cloakroom floor!

The system goes live tonight from 8.00pm until midnight on Thursday 19th March.

Windygoul parents night letter

 

Benmore Day 4

Our last full day of activities at Benmore has been really eventful and a very exciting way to round off our adventures…

Unfortunately it was a rainy, wet day but that did not manage to dampen our spirits.  We enjoyed another fantastic range of activities – Shore Scrambling, Gorge Walking, Biking, Orienteering, Caving and Forest Walks. Due to the amount of snow melting and the rain today it was very wet in the gorge and the waterfalls were very full but that all added to the experience.  The groups at the shore enjoyed some hot chocolate with cream and marshmallows toasted with a blow torch before heading up to search for pearls – some people are thinking of a new career as they were very good at spotting them in the tiny cracks between  the rocks.

After the activities we all had to match up our waterproof trousers and jackets (not an easy job in the sea of them in the drying room) and then it was time to scrub them down in the sinks before they were put away (yet more evidence that we can use a scrubbing brush and are not far off being able to use that washing machine mums and dads!)  Tonight it was the very exciting prospect of the last night disco, an opportunity to wear something other than our waterproofs, wellies and several fleecy jumpers.  Some people chose to challenge each other in the games room playing table football, pool, table tennis and Connect 4.  We came together for the last part of the disco and enjoyed mixing with our new friends from Yester Primary, raising the roof to a rousing rendition of The Proclaimers 500 Miles.

Tomorrow morning we will need to get all of our wet and soggy clothes back into our bags and get our chores done before we get back on the bus to head home.  We have missed home this week but have had an amazing time here at Benmore and will all be coming home with a real sense of achievement and feeling that we have challenged ourselves to do something that we never thought we would be able to.  We are looking forward to sharing all of our stories, showing you some of our bruises and getting our photos developed.

Night night, see you all tomorrow 🙂

“I was impressed at how the children were willing to push themselves out of their comfort zone in order to achieve new things” Euan – Benmore Instructor

“Enjoyable shore scramble but sadly no luck finding pearls” Mr Thomas

“Outstanding day in a wild, fast flowing gorge where all the children achieved way beyond their expectations” Mr McCann

“The disco was fab!” Kieran

Benmore Day 3

We have had four seasons in one day today, in fact in one hour! We woke up to find that most of the snow was away and the sun was shining, still a bit chilly but not quite so many layers needed (for some people).  We had some heavy rain and hailstones before lunch but the remainder of the day was fine.

Today’s adventures have included Biking, Gorge Walking, Caving, Shore Scrambling, High Ropes, Climbing/Abseiling and the Forest Walk.  Luckily our waterproofs had dried out overnight so we got kitted out and were on our way quickly following a very popular breakfast of sausages and baked beans and the dorm inspection where some rooms managed 10 out of 10 (take note mums and dads they now know how to make beds, keep clothes tidy and use the hoover!)

Caving was back on the adventure schedule today after having to be cancelled yesterday as the road to get there was blocked with snow.  We discovered that you can fit through some very small spaces when you wiggle the right way and that even if you are scared you can overcome the fear and do it anyway with the help of some friends and your trusty head torch. Several groups also enjoyed some wet adventures in the gorge, making their way under the Stone of Africa and through the keyhole.  For some people the wet came from puddles when parting company from their mountain bike.  It’s never really a good idea to stop pedalling when heading up a hill!!  The best part of the day was that no matter how wet or muddy they became, the smiles never moved far from the faces of the children or adults.

One group had the chance to go shore scrambling on the rocks along Ardentinny, this involved literally scrambling along and over the cliff face stopping along the way to have a look in some rockpools at some sea creatures before stopping to search for pearls in the cracks between the rocks.  We learned that you get pearls from the inside of mussels, clams and oysters.  Mrs Rees found enough for a very small earring but probably not one big enough to stop working any time soon!! 

After dinner tonight we joined up with Yester Primary School again for a Scavenger Hunt where among a few things to be found were something old (the teachers didn’t count), something slimy (your tongue didn’t count), 3 types of cones (no ice creams available) and something that had never been alive.

As we write this up the children are all fast asleep following a long and eventful day dreaming about their last few activities and the all important last night disco.  Mr McCann and Mr Thomas however are busy trying to thrash each other at table tennis, we can hear the roars from here but as it stands we aren’t sure if they are roars of celebration or despair!!

“I’ve tried caving, don’t think I’ll be doing it again!!” Rebecca

“Abseiling was quite scary but I was really proud of myself after I had done it”  Nadiyya

“I was fine at the top of the telegraph pole until Mrs Rees came up and was shaking so much she nearly knocked me off!” Emma

“I managed to abseil and conquered my fear of heights, it was such a spectatcle that a whole bus load of people stopped to watch and encouragement was offered from a well known Welsh voice!”  Mrs Idle

“I’ve done the gorge walk, caving and forest walk all in one today, this isn’t  what Morna did with us last year!” Mr Reid

“Shore scrambling was a new experience where the children’s new found confidence in their ability to tackle challenges meant they saw the whole experience as an adventure”  Mrs Wilson

 

Benmore Day 2

We woke up to a thick blanket of snow on the ground this morning and some large flakes falling from the sky throughout breakfast!  After our morning chores and dorm inspections it was time to find out about our activities for today.  There had to be some changes due to the unexpected amount of snow through the night but we still managed to fit in some Gorge Walking, Ropes Course, Orienteering and Forest Walking.  We got on our waterproofs, wellie boots, hats, scarves and gloves before heading out for the morning.

We were all glad of some hot soup and a shower at lunchtime to warm up before heading back into our waterproofs for some more adventures in the afternoon.  Some of the groups enjoyed a hot chocolate during their forest walk which they had brewed up on a fire that they had built and lit by themselves which was very exciting.  Mrs Idle was delighted to tick off one of the Top 15 Places to See in Scotland with her visit to Puck’s Glen today.  Sadly the snow began to turn to rain later in the afternoon but we are hoping that the snowmen we built in the gardens may survive a bit longer.

This evening we spent some time writing up our daily diary and then there was great excitement as the tuck shop opened for the first time this trip!  The evening finished up with a quiz around the centre along with Yester Primary who are here with us at the moment.

Looking forward to some new adventures tomorrow and watching the weather carefully.  Luckily Mrs Wilson managed to get some of our wet clothes in the large tumble dryers tonight and our waterproofs are hanging up in the drying rooms so we should be ready to go again!

“I was a bit scared of the gorge but really happy that I managed it” Leah

“Cracking feed!” Mr Thomas

“I’m having such a fun time!”  Rebecca

 

Benmore Day 1

We all arrived safely, having enjoyed our bus drive through some snow and hail followed by a smooth ferry crossing despite the choppy seas!

Quick juice and a biscuit before heading into our groups to get kitted out in waterproofs, wellies etc for a walk through  the Benmore grounds.  It’s a wee bit chilly up here but we are all wrapping up warm and layering up before we go out.

We enjoyed a dinner of fish and chips before sitting down to write our daily diary.  Mrs Wilson has offered some prizes for best presentation in the diaries and best reflections so we are all trying really hard.

It started snowing about teatime so that meant we had to get lots of warm clothes on for the night walk.  It was pitch black when we set out but some great teamwork got us along the rope, past the obstacles and safely through the woods in the pitch black, no torches allowed!

We got back to the centre and were hosed down to get some of the mud off and then it was straight to bed. Lights are out and hopefully everyone is asleep as we write this up, dreaming about our activities tomorrow…

“when we got here we had to make our own beds!”  Sean

“tonight we went on a night walk, I couldn’t wait!” Mia

“it was a long journey to get here, but it was still really fun” Emma