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]

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]

Osmington Adventure 2016… Update 2

As day breaks on the second day of our Osmington Adventure, Image result for pglchildren from Anne Dale have awoken from a restful sleep. All were in beds by 9:30pm and asleep by 10pm… This is not surprising really considering that children took part in a large scale orienteering exercise last night (Snapshot) as well as a range of crazy team games, known as Wacky Races!

Last night’s dinner consisted of spinach cannelloni, chicken or cottage pie options. Some children ventured near the celery soup to try that, while others opted for a pudding of doughnuts and fruit!

All are excited about today’s activities, which include sensory trail around a mud covered and particularly difficult to navigate area of the site! Others prepared themselves for life on a desert island in Survivor style activities and other groups went mountain biking. It is a requirement of mountain biking that trousers are tucked into socks… unfortunately, Miss Hudson took this a little too far – as you can see from the pics!
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Keep your eyes peeled for other updates in the near future and feel free to leave a comment below if you wish,

Bye for now, from all at Osmington Bay!

[Written by Mr Thorns]

Osmington Adventure 2016… Update 1

After a long journey to the Dorset coastline, the children have arrived safely and without incident at the sunny climes of Osmington Bay!Image result for osmington bay

Children were placed into their activity groups this morning, (approx 10 per group) which they will maintain throughout the week… with adventurous pursuits starting straight away after PGL staff had conducted their welcome talk…

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Children have also arrived at their chalet for the week, making sure that they stow their belongings near to their bunks and keep their home-for-the-week as tidy as possible for the looming chalet inspections… First job on the list was making their beds in rooms, which was generally amusing for all involved – with several children ending up inside their duvet covers, while the duvet sat merrily on the mattress!

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This afternoon after lunch in the activity hall sheltering from some light rain (at which point a member of staff realised they’d forgotten lunch!!), groups have taken to the activity “Snapshot”!

There will be an evening activity still to come, before a good night’s rest in preparation for a fun filled day ahead…

Bye for now, from all at Osmington Bay

[Written by Mr Thorns]


Osmington Update Number 7!

As the final evening draws to a close and children recover from a beat boxing music pounding disco, there are only a couple of activities left at the end of an adventurously amazing week!

As you can see from the latest set of images, children have spent today challenging themselves on the giant swing, working hard to practice their fencing skills and even a spot of hill rolling!

Chalets are now facing the “great clean up” before final inspections in the morning… as this image shows, that could entail a fair bit of work!

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During today’s glorious weather, Miss Hudson’s group was praised as being “PGL’s best they’d ever had on the giant swing” with children thoroughly enjoying the stomach churning giddy heights above Osmington Bay!

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After the birthday celebrations this morning, several children were treated to slices of very generous birthday cake, before heading off once again to activities around the site. Fencing continued in earnest for the remaining groups, while archery features heavily as well. During the briefest of periods of downtime, children played rugby on the rolling hillside and sat together singing their new Osmington Anthems….. many alongside new-found friends.

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Finally, one of the long awaited activities again reared it’s lofty head, as children embarked to the zip wire for a high speed high altitude challenge!

As you can see from the images below, it was enjoyed by all, with a very lucky Mrs Jones even being offered a chance to pose for the camera, while zooming along precariously on a length of wire!

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The evening closed with a disco, providing a fitting backdrop to a fantastic fun filled week – with many ever so keen to return, should they get the opportunity in the future. Let’s hope the final few activities are as amazing tomorrow…

Bye for now, from all at Osmington Bay…

[Written by Mr Thorns ~ with updates from the Osmington Team]

Osmington Update Number 6!

As the children’s adventurous week continues, the weather at Osmington Bay continues to be bright and the sun continues to shine. We are fast appraoching “home time” now, but that is not stopping children from continuing to give their all in the many activities still to come!

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Mrs Thornbury informs me that some of the children were sleepy but smiley ahead of another enjoyable day. Getting up was a struggle today (after group singing by the camp fire last night) with many pupils bleary eyed – except for one young birthday girl who was serenaded at the door by the teachers!

Exquisite bacon sandwiches have fuelled the day, which sees many groups tackling rifle shooting, Jacobs ladder, archery and zip wire. There was lots of screaming on the zip wire – Mrs Thornbury’s cries were much louder than the steely nerves of Mrs Jones as they zoomed through the air! All children tried their best, even if some never quite managed to make the final leap from the tower!

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Team games continue to be played throughout the days, with many children using their precious little free time to utilise the giant sand pit – affectionately named Little Wembley (above). Do check back later for updates on photos should they arrive (email and reception is a little sketchy from the site at times!)

Please also check out the updated pics in Update Number 5 – which were sent through last night!

Bye for now, from all at Osmington Bay!

[Written by Mr Thorns – with updates from the Osmington Staff]