Year 8 Watersports trip to Spain

2016_JS_Spain trip IMG_20160616_110822589_HDRToday the Junior School PE Department and our Year 8 pupils set off for La Fosca on the Costa Brava in Spain for an adventure week of water based activities, camping and enjoying the Spanish hospitality.

This experience enables the children to develop new interests, skills and confidence and offers them the opportunity to develop self-reliance, leadership and team work. What a fantastic way for our Year 8s to finish their time at St Edmund’s Junior School!

As the week progresses this ‘blog’ will keep you updated with all of the activities that take place.

Thursday

A beautiful, tiring day was had by all at Palamos beach. Sunshine and a steady breeze meant that the days activities were enjoyable as well as challenging for the children. We returned to camp for a dip in the pool followed by a well deserved burger and chips for dinner. The evening ended with a variety of team sports on the beach followed by the traditional disco. In all an excellent day! Snorkeling tomorrow followed by the dreaded packing and our journey back to Canterbury.  A brilliant trip and once again St Edmund’s pupils have done us proud.

Wednesday

The teachers ears are ringing from the screams of the Form 8s as they exhausted every ride at Lloret De Mar Waterworld. With absolutely no crowds the pupils have made the most of every ride, going on again and again.  After 6 hours of fun we collapsed onto the coach to travel back to the campsite. Whilst some pupils chose to relax and chat, others surprisingly decided to go swimming! Another nutritious supper was followed by the testing “Cube” activity where waterlogged brains tried to work out puzzles and team building activities. Yet again another disco and finally the long awaited bed…. exhausted.

Tuesday

Day 3 saw a deserved lay in followed by another al fresco breakfast. Early morning rain threatened to spoil what was to be a fun filled day. However, the sun appeared and the clouds dissapeared as we set off to Playa d’Aro. Banana boating was hilarious with screams of fear and hilarity as they pupils flew across the Mediteranean. An afternoon of football, swimming and relaxing was definitely needed as we are back to Playo d’Aro for shopping and the nightly disco.

Monday

Last night St Edmund’s School F8s experienced the loudest thunder and lightning they have ever heard! As they collapsed exhausted into their tents they were treated to an amazing display of fork lightning and thunder claps so loud they were amazed. The heavy rain finally lulled them into a deep sleep and by the time morning came the sun was shining and we were up and off to the beautiful nature reserve beach for kayaking and canoeing. A lovely walk along the coastal path at the end of the day, more swimming for those who had any energy left, showers, dinner, beach games and ‘the disco’ a time to mix, socialise and dance with children from schools who have travelled from Scotland and Ireland. Another fantastic, fun filled day.

Sunday

After a journey that took us under the English Channel, to Calais, past Rheims and through the centre of France, around Lyon and down to the south, we woke early this morning  with the stunning Pyrenees in front of us, the Mediterranean on our left.

We arrived in Spain (under gloomy skies) just in time for breakfast then the sun broke through the clouds to reveal a stunning day. A quick settle in to our tented camp and off for an early morning swim at the campsite pool. Although tired, we kept going, enjoyed a delicious buffet lunch and headed straight to La Fosca beach for a swim, beach games and team building.

Dinner now then Robot Wars, disco and collapse into bed exhausted. Roll on tomorrow…