Osmington Update Day 5

We enjoyed our last full day of activities yesterday with 3 groups going off-site to do raft building. Everyone had a great day, despite getting a bit wet, although some children regretted forgetting to bring dry shoes and underwear!
We have enjoyed glorious sunshine for the best part of the week, other than first thing yesterday morning but that just added to the challenge of abseiling and the trapeze. The children have been fantastic at pushing themselves to experience new activities but the exercise and fresh air are now taking their toll as lots of them had to be woken up for breakfast today. We’re out of our rooms and everything is packed ready for the journey home but not before a final morning of activities.  We will be enjoying our last meal here at lunchtime and then get straight onto the coach to return home with some extremely tired children who are looking forward to catching up with their families and sharing all the amazing memories they have made over the past five days.

Osmington Update 2017 Day 2

We have enjoyed a much more settled night after a fun packed day of activities yesterday. Everyone is eating well, let’s say a balanced diet (fruit from the dinner hall and sweets and chocolate from the shop).
The main activities from today have been Jacobs ladder and raft building. Many fears have been conquered and a few soggy items of clothing have been made ready for our return. 
An evening of good food, running around and lots of laughter ahead of us…and hopefully another settled night ready for our last full day of activities.

Osmington Update 2017 Day 1

We had a nice smooth run to Osmington Bay, getting here in just under an hour and a half. We had the opportunity to spend some time on the beach eating our lunch before we investigated the new rooms we will be sleeping in for the next few nights. 
It is fantastic to learn how eager some children are to have multiple showers now they have their own rooms and I’m sure that hiding places have been found for their secret stashes of sweets.
As we start our first full day of activities, we are all full of excitement and a little apprehension of what is to come. Initial fears about some of the activities have quickly disappeared due to the thrill and enjoyment of the activities.
All of this is happening in the beautiful sunshine and with the picturesque view of Weymouth Bay.

Osmington Adventure 2016… Final Update…

Friday has arrived and children from Anne Dale will now be conducting their final activities on the Weymouth coast, after a fun filled week at Osmington Bay.
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Today’s activities see the groups conducting their final trapeze leaps, climbing walls and sensory trails… as well as groups tackling the zip wire and archery competitions! The first challenge, however, was to pack their belongings into their bulging suitcases for the journey home… Here is an example of a “packed & ready” chalet – somehow, the staff were less than convinced about its readiness!


As pupils prepare to return to their homes this afternoon, with coaches leaving sometime after lunch, I am sure that families will be pleased to be reunited with their children (although extreme caution is advised upon opening the contents of the aforementioned suitcases!) Enjoy the weekend – I am sure that all will need some rest!


A final goodbye – see you all soon – from all at Osmington Bay!

[Written by Mr Thorns]

Osmington Adventure 2016… Update 5

As the day closes on another fantastic 24 hours at Osmington Bay, children are settling down for their final sleep away from home amidst the rolling hills and adventurous activities of their PGL home for the last week…

Today, fuelled by a breakfast of sausages, hash browns, eggs and ketchup, children tackled yet more amazing activities, from the giant swing to survivor training and archery… During survivor, pupils tried to make fire, while also daubing themselves generously in mud! Beware their Bear Grylls style skills when they return!


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Other groups tacked the indoor bouldering wall with rock climbing prowess, making sure that their friends helped keep them safe by bileting from the floor nearby. The zip wire was also in popular demand, as children (and Miss Skinner!) whizzed along at considerable speed, enjoying the freedom of the sun in their faces as they sped along the top of the Weymouth cliffs.

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Once again, another day of tremendous fun and adventure has passed as children approach their last day at Osmington, ready to return to their families with amazing tales of all that they have accomplished this week….. Keep your eyes peeled for a final update!

Bye for now, from all at Osmington Bay!

[Written by Mr Thorns]

Osmignton Adeventure 2016… Update 4

Day 4 of the Osmington Adventure, with children raring to go once again after another restful sleep. The Weymouth coast has been looking absolutely stunning this week with some amazing views out across the bay!
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Many groups took on the challenge of raft building yesterday and here is just a small selection of the images from the event (children will get a chance to create a photo-montage from the school camera stocks in the coming weeks of their Osmington moments) and as you can see from these images, it was a fun filled day enjoyed by all! As the challenge progressed, children were encouraged to take part in a round of “Heads, shoulders, knees and jump” – which as you’d imagine, left some pupils completely delighted with a freshening dunk into the Weymouth waters!

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As well as this, many groups also took part in the hair raising “Trapeze” activity, involving a leap of faith from the top of a very tall wooden pole – in desperate reach of the gold-standard hanging buoy. Once again, children excelled themselves, conquering fears and pushing themselves to achieve. A very proud moment for many as they reached the summit!

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The evening entertainment has also consisted of “Splash”, involving a random assortment of hilarity inducing activities and races, which were equally enjoyed by children and adults alike, as Anne Dale students practiced team work, collaboration and worked together with new-found friends…

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Tomorrow will bring a new range of challenges I am sure, so keep an eye out for the updates… Bye for now, from all at Osmington Bay!

[Written by Mr Thorns]

Osmington Adventure 2016… Update 3

As day three broke on the Weymouth coastline with glorious weather after a restful night’s sleep (check out the picture of the amazing sunset!), children from Anne Dale eagerly awaited their next instalment of their Osmington Adventure… Room inspections were conducted, with scores ranging between 1 and 5 out of 10. One band of particularly embarrassed pupils even resorted to blaming a packet of cheesy Doritos for the smell!

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Yesterday saw many groups tackle mountain biking – of which it is a requirement to have trousers tucked into socks… Children were sensible in their choices – the same cannot be said of Miss Hudson’s socks! (See update number 2!) Many of the children took positively to the off-roading experience, enjoying the scenic views of the Weymouth countryside on just 2 wheels…

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Other groups clambered to to top of the abseiling tower… before abseiling down slowly back to the earth. As you can see from the images, this was no small feat for some, but was enjoyed by all!

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Wednesday morning has seen other groups tackle raft building – using poles and barrels to create a sea-faring construction to float them and their friends out to freedom across the bay… thankfully, all craft successful sank, and no children made any successful escape to Portland!

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As the children head towards their evening activities at the half-way point of their adventure, there are some very soggy, tired but elated individuals, looking forward to more new adventures in their residential week.

Bye for now, from all at Osmington Bay!

[Written by Mr Thorns]

Green Day – Remote Controlled Cars

Green day afternoon provided lots of excitement for the children again this half term.  Mrs Groves and F1 fan Mrs Sutcliffe hosted a remote control car race afternoon complete with chequered flags, timed laps and drag races!  Children brought in their own remote controlled vehicles and worked together in teams or individually to clock the fastest times on the playground race circuit designed by the children.  There were lots of high octane fun to be had by all involved.


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Habitat studies in Year 4!

This a picture of Mrs Gren and what the letter stand for.

Over the last couple of weeks we have been learning about habitats around us. We have done five activities so far. The first activity we did was sorting objects into categories whether they were living, had lived or never lived. We also worked on what animals / plants need which we could remember in a mnemonic called Mrs Gren!

We got to design our own bug’s life property guide which I liked to doing. We also did a mini beast mission – it is a bit like the one below.

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This a bit like the hunt we did but it we had to draw a picture of the habitats we studied.


Ready Steady Cook – Off!

This afternoon, Anne Dale Juniors was visited by the catering team from HC3S… who treated the school to a celebrity style cook-off!

The hall was filled with whooping, cheering and cooking while the two specially selected teachers (Miss Akthar & Miss Howard) prepared dishes in the red and green kitchens! Miss Akthar prepared a sweet and sour stir fry… while Mrs Howard prepared a vegetarian style quorn and vegetable stir fry…SDC10971 SDC10972 SDC10974

The audience were treated to the smell of gently simmering delights from the kitchen as the teachers wrestled to prepare the very best meals from the ingredients on offer.

A panel of pupil judges then sampled the delicacies on offer giving their views on the dishes prepared by the teachers! Descriptions such as “it was yummy”, “delicious”, “tasty” and even “I need to get my Mum to cook this at home” were just some of the comments from our panel of judges!

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Overall it was a “RED Kitchen” win with Miss Akthar celebrating her success on the school stage! The whooping and cheering lasted long into the afternoon!

[Written by Mr Thorns]