Sunday, 15 July 2018 22:12

Travel Week 2018

ETA: 6:10pm (please check twitter for updates during the journey)

Friday: What a week, we are looking forward to seeing you all very soon. The children are all taking part in team games and challenges on the pitches with the group leaders and instructors. Our bags are all out ready to load up once the coaches arrive. Most of the photos from Thursday are now on our gallery site.

Thursday: Today is our last full day on Travel Week. We have had a fantastic time this week, the children have been amazing. The impromptu cricket match last night went down well!

Pre-Prep groups (1-4) will be taking part in camp craft and beach activities. The Prep groups (5-8) have power boat driving, canoeing and raft building.

We have arranged for all of the children in Pre-Prep and Prep to have some time together on the beach at the end of the day as a treat for our last night.

Some incredible views this morning, the mist is rolling over Poole harbour, the children are enjoying breakfast and talking about their activities.

Morning Activities - Groups 1 and 2 are visiting with beach for power boat driving and canoeing. Groups 3 and 4 have archery and team games. Groups 5 and 6 have camp craft. Groups 7 and 8 have low ropes and high ropes.

Afternoon Activities - Groups 1 and 2 have archery and team games. Groups 3 and 4 have power boat driving and canoeing. Groups 5 and 6 have low ropes and high ropes. Groups 7 and 8 have camp craft.

Good morning, we are enjoying the cooler start to the day. The children are all awake and getting ready for breakfast, an exciting and busy day lies ahead.

Morning Activities - Groups 1-4 will be heading to Burnbake Ropes Course this morning to work their way around the low ropes course.
Groups 5-6 will be climbing and abseiling on sea cliffs this morning, and Groups 7-8 will be taking a ridge walk to Corfe Castle.

Afternoon Activities – Groups 1-4 will be taking on the high ropes course after their lunch. Groups 5-6 will be taking a ridge walk to Corfe Castle and groups 7-8 will be climbing and abseiling on sea cliffs.

We left The Grove at 9:30am this morning and began our journey to Brenscombe Outdoor Centre. We stopped for a short break and then again for lunch on our way.
There was a spot of traffic on the way down, but we have now arrived at Brenscombe Outdoor Centre (3:05pm).
We will unload our luggage and settle the children into their rooms. Once the centre have completed their safety talks and fire drill the children will be free to get to know the centre and staff. We will gather the children into their day groups for the group photos before dinner, these will be uploaded here.
What a beautiful part of the country, the views towards the closing stages of our journey have been incredible. The children are very excited, Travel Week is amazing!

Evening update: The children in Pre-Prep are in bed resting for their first full day of activities tomorrow. Prep are showering before bed. All of the children have had a great day today and we look forward to waking up bright and early tomorrow.


Photos from Monday have now been uploaded to our gallery site.

During Travel Week we aim to upload as many photos as possible, a selection of photos will be uploaded here, the rest will be uploaded to our gallery website. If you require a password reset, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if the data connection is strong enough we will also upload occasional photos to Facebook and Twitter. The Group photos will be taken and published after we arrive on the first day.

Published in General
Thursday, 15 September 2016 12:20

Cedar & Birch Trip to RAF Museum

On Thursday 15th September a rather excited Cedar and Birch headed down the M1 to RAF Hendon. There was a great buzz on the mini buses as Barnaby from Birch Room had been on the telephone that morning telling Chris Evans from Radio Two where he was off to! We arrived in sweltering heat and after a group photograph in our blazers and hats we took them off and headed into the museum. Our first hour was spent looking at the huge and amazing planes that had flown during World War II. We saw an American Curtiss Hawk, German Messerschmitt, and an English Avro Lancaster to name but a few.  Our tour ended with a group session where it was announced that because Barnaby had spoken with Chris Evans this morning the museum were going to very kindly donate to the school a gift of having the schools name painted onto one of the red arrows! Could today get any more exciting? 

After this we split into two groups and had the opportunity to dress up in some RAF uniforms that were worn during the war, we all looked very smart! After some photographs we went upstairs to meet one of the blackout wardens from wartime. He took us back in time to during World War II, and he explained all about The Blitz and the need for blackouts in houses and on car and street lights. He was very impressed with our knowledge when answering his questions. After lunch we went off to The Battle of Britain Hall. Here we saw lots of planes, tanks, cars and bombs that all played their part during this battle. After this it was time to leave to come back to school. We had all had a fabulous day and learnt lots of new things about the RAF and the  great part that they played in World War II.

Mrs Carlin



Published in Trips
Tuesday, 05 July 2016 13:53

Walnut and Maple Blenheim Palace

Walnut and Maple have been visiting Blenheim Palace today, they have been able to send us some photos which we have uploaded below, including some photos of them boarding the train. We look forward to hearing all about your day once you return to The Grove.

We are on our way back to The Grove, ETA 5:00pm.

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