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Y6 Blencathra 2017

Update 4: Thursday 11th May 2017

Well... we did it! We made it to the top of Latrigg (368m). It was the most amazing walk with spectacular views and the weather was glorious. The girls carried out their investigations into changes of temperature and wind speed as we climbed. It took a lot of stamina, sweat, perseverance, determination and bottles of water, but we did it!

Then the girls (and the teachers) hit the shops for a spot of retail therapy in Keswick. They would have stayed a lot longer if they could have, but finances didn't permit.

Update 3: Wednesday 10th May 2017

All the girls have now completed their conservation tasks. Today's groups were able to admire the amazing work completed by yesterday's group. A total of 210 crab apple trees have been planted to stabilise the river banks and to prevent the risk of flooding to Low Bridge End Farm which was badly affected last year. Well done, girls! You have made such a difference to the future of the area.

Another day of perfect weather conditions meant that our last group for canoeing could also land on the island and explore the settings of the recent 'Swallows and Amazons' film. Some girls haven't seen the film and are now keen to do so.

Everyone enjoyed swimming and splashing in Keswick Leisure Pool after a hot busy day. Both the water slide and the wave machine were a big hit.

Update 2: Tuesday 9th May 2017

Another beautiful day here in the Lake District.

Two groups seized the opportunity while the weather conditions were good, to canoe to an island on Derwent Water. One group of girls were being particularly competitive to be first to set foot on the island.

These two groups also put their measuring skills to the test investigating Keskadale beck, measuring the width, depth, velocity and gradient.

All in all, they managed to stay relatively dry!

The third group completed their conservation task for the John Muir Award by planting crab apple trees at Low Bridge End Farm. They successfully completed an orienteering task around the area and managed not to get lost! Finally the girls made small campfires, toasted marshmallows and drank lashings and lashings of hot chocolate.

In the evening we celebrated two birthdays - Eve and Martina, with the biggest birthday cake ever and the girls devoured the whole lot!

Update 1: Monday 8th May 2017

After a traffic free and smooth journey, we arrived on schedule at the Blencathra Field Studies Centre. The sun was shining and the girls could admire the views from the offset.

The girls have completed activities to find out about John Muir, the environmentalist, and have discovered what they need to do to achieve their John Muir Award by the end of the week.

During the team games, the girls learnt the importance of good communication skills and they have discussed the strategies they had developed to help them succeed in their task.

Tea was thoroughly enjoyed- jacket potatoes with a range of fillings and salad. Some girls were even seen revisiting the salad bar for seconds.

After a very enjoyable day we are very excited about the activities that are in store for us tomorrow.

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