Kench Hill – Year 8

6th May 2016

On Monday 25 April Year 8 travelled into Kent to undertake their 5 day residential at Kench Hill in Tenterden. The group were accompanied by Ms Cross, Ms Burrows, Ms Elford, Ms Clements and Mr Calvin.  The students spent a delightful week at Kench Hill and we are very proud of them.

On Monday we  met Sandi,Chris and the team and sorted out our rooms. We had an afternoon of orienteering with Chris. Shane was a great pioneer. Then we had a session  meeting the guinea pig Whizzer, with Sandi. You should have heard the noises he made when he met Katie! The children were wonderful with him. On Tuesday we made bread rolls and did some gardening , tasting fresh pea shoots, mint, oregano and we even  planted some lettuces. Ms Burrows helped the children to make clay objects, while everyone else made bread rolls. Ryan proved to be a master baker. We had an adventurous walk in the bluebell woods, where Seyi  danced and sang. That evening we had a bonfire with marshmallows and some lively songs , creating a Kench Hill Folk Festival vibe. On Wednesday we swam at Ashford in the leisure pool with lively splashing. In the afternoon we visited Mediaeval Bodiam Castle and dressed as knights in shining armour. Ayadh  and Seyi were quite a sight. We learned all about bows and different types of arrows.  While we were there, it snowed! On Thursday we went to Camber sands. ”The sand felt nice in between my toes .”  to quote Lauren. The sun blazed down and we even paddled. We spent the afternoon at the Rare Breed Centre and held rabbits, chicks, stroked goats and watched a falconry display. That night was the disco.  Many prizes were won for great dance moves. Reluctantly we packed our bags on Friday morning before a raft making activity. It was great to see everyone working well as a team. Nearly everyone made it across the lake without sinking. Thank you to everyone who made this trip possible and so successful.

Once again the staff at Kench Hill praised our students for their good manners and behaviour. We were all impressed with the way everyone helped each other and made it such a great week.