On Tuesday and Wednesday the 8th and 9th of May 2018, Year 3M embarked on an adventure to Castleton for an overnight residential. The weather was perfect and added to what was a magical experience. After arriving at the Hollowford Centre at 10am we met our instructor for the day, Claire, who showed us around the centre and our home for the night.
The facilities there are excellent and already being used by the Year 4 boys from Birkdale, whose staff and pupils were all very friendly and polite.
We did a variety of activities on Tuesday including, photo orienteering, manic circle, elf-house building and a challenge assault course! We had a picnic lunch on the grass outside our house and a lovely evening meal in the canteen.
After dinner we had some downtime and then we had a campfire in their roundhouse, where we learned to make smores by toasting marshmallows on the fire. We finished the night with a rendition of ‘A Million Dreams’ then got in our PJ’s for a short episode of ‘Blue Planet’ before bed.
Everyone was very tired and most were asleep within 30 mins of bedtime.
The next day we arose early and refreshed, enjoyed a fantastic cooked breakfast and packed up our things.
After a great muscle warm-up from Mrs Greenwood, we set off on our walk to Peak Cavern where we learned about rope making in the 16th Century and the natural limestone cavern which was visited twice by Queen Victoria! We then enjoyed a more challenging stroll up hill to Speedwell Cavern, where we ate our packed lunches under dappled shade at the mouth of Winnats pass. After eating our fill, we ventured 200 meters underground and traversed the underground waterways of Speedwell Cavern, comparing the difference between the natural caverns of this morning with this man-made 17th Century lead-mine. After a quick maths lesson in the gift-shop, we were collected by our minibuses and enjoyed the short ride home, taking in the wonderful peak-district countryside and reminiscing over a wondrous shared experience.
A fantastic trip with a fantastic class.
Mr Magenty Year 3 Form Tutor.