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 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]


Exploring World War 2 in W4…

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This shows children getting evacuated onto a train!

In History, we have been learning about World War 2. We have learned about evacuation following our visit to EXPLOSION MUSEUM! We have been studying where children went from places like Southampton, Portsmouth and London.

We have also started to look at food and clothing rationing. We have looked at ration books and we also  looked at how much clothes cost during the bombing period.

We looked also the countries that were controlled by the Nazi party and the ones that were on the Allies side…

We have looked at time lines and different things that soldiers and seamen would have to wear in the World War 2.

We went Explosion Museum in Gosport to see more about what life would have been like working in a gunpowder store building. We also had lots of fun making some of the stuff that the children would have had to carry with them on evacuation, such as a gas mask and its own little box.

[Written by Jack Bryant ~ Digital Leader]

Year 4 Trip to Explosion Museum!

On the 15th of June, Year 4 went to the Explosion Museum where we studied air-raids,
different types of shelters and evacuation during WW2. First, we went to the education centre where we looked at different types of clothing from WW2 and survived an air-raid. It was scary!

In the afternoon, we pretended we were evacuated children and we went outside and played with toys from 1940. We looked at what children would have had to bring and wear to be evacuated. Then we did a mice hunt and went back to school!

This was a really good school trip and I would recommend this to anyone! If you want to find out more about the museum, click on the link here


[Written by Phoebe B ~ Digital Leader]