A busy and eventful day!
Everyone was up at 7.00am as there was a busy day ahead. Most children had a shower although Louis seemed to find a way of avoiding this activity. Rooms were tidied and pocket money was issued before breakfast although Luke had £2 deducted from his pocket money for the amount of litter left round his bed and for shouting at the Headteacher. After a quick breakfast we set off for Shanklin Station where we boarded the little Island train which clattered and bounced along the tracks all the way to Ryde Pierhead. Here we boarded the catamaran for a high speed trip to Portsmouth. Our first stop was to go on board HMS Victory where the children heard tales of how sailors lived and discovered the story of the Battle of Trafalgar and the death of Admiral Nelson. Lots of interesting facts were learned including seeing the origins of the phrases 'a square meal' and 'letting the cat out of the bag'. Once again several members of the public tagged along and listened to the teachers' tales about life onboard the ship. It was then time for lunch followed by a visit to the Royal Navy Actions stations where the children tried out various simulators, climbing walls and the new Ninja Assault Course where Ollie was crowned Ninja Warrior. For the first time in three years we were able to get in to see the film of the modern day Royal Navy in action against pirates. At the end of the show the children were treated to a surprise guest when Sub-Lieutenant Clarke joined us and talked about his experiences since joining the Royal Navy, a big Thank you to him for taking the time to join us. It was then time to head home but disaster struck on the Catarmaran when the engine failed crossing the Solent. Fortunately the Catarmaran had two engines and we slowly limped into Ryde. It was great to have a member of the public come up to us and say how 'incredibly well-behaved' our children were on the Catarmaran. As we were late, our train connection had left and so we had to wait an hour for the next one making us late for our roast dinner. After our evening meal we went for a walk along the seafront and Harry fell off the esplanade - fortunately he only fell a few feet onto a nice sandy beach. It was then times to return to the hotel, write postcards home and go to bed. Postcard writing was a little challenging for some including Olivia who had to ask Mr Berkeley what surname came after Mr&Mrs on her postcard!