On 7th June, the Year 6 children waved an excited goodbye to their parents and went on the long-awaited journey to PGL Residential Complex in Swindon for the weekend.
The children took part in many thrill-seeking, adrenaline-pumping and nerve-testing activities throughout the weekend. Prior moments of boasting and bravado were put to the test by both the children and the teachers alike.
The Year group arrived around 5pm at the PGL site and were welcomed by our fantastic host, Caleb. His organisation definitely challenged that of our own Mr Bell, who does love a good plan!
We were assigned to our dorms with en-suite bathrooms, if you don’t mind! Living it up in style!! After unpacking, we were quickly whisked away to the dining hall, where we were never left disappointed with the quality and choice of food on offer for breakfast, lunch and dinner!
After dinner on the first evening, we were assigned different activities within our groups and tried our best to duck in and out of the rain. Mr Bell’s fantastic organising skills definitely helped with keeping the children occupied with a varied itinerary of activities when the weather tried to alter our plans. On one of the activities, we discovered who really was the best at monkey business. No names shall be mentioned … Miss Gavin!!!
Activities ran late into the evening and soon we were all ready for a good rest. After all, we had to be up at 7am for breakfast. I can still hear the tired groans from the teachers!
Over the two days, the children had a go on the adventure playground, a giant swing, zip-wire, climbing wall, bounced on the aeroball course, paddled on the lakes in canoes, built rafts and shared their dance moves at the pyjama disco. There definitely were a few Dancing Queens on the dance floor. If you don’t believe that we did all this, then just take a look at the pictures!
Every child gave 100% to every activity. Memories were definitely made. It’s clear to see why the PGL residential is a firm favourite in the St Matthew’s calendar.