5th May 2017
On Monday 24 April, our Year 8 students set off to Kent for their residential school journey. The group were accompanied by Miss Matthews, Mr Nelson, Ms Clements and Mr Calvin. When they arrived they had the whole house to themselves, and they proceeded to quickly settle in. On Monday afternoon the group went swimming where James and Bedirhan thoroughly enjoyed seeing who could splash the most water over one another. In the evening the students had a film night. On Tuesday morning the groups made bread rolls and did some gardening, they experienced tasting raw rhubarb, mange tout, lettuce and planted green beans with the Kench Hill gardener. Paris loved the mange tout – she proceeded to eat them in every salad from then on! On Tuesday afternoon Mrs Napier arrived with the Year 8 students who were unable to attend the residential, they were able to build rafts, enjoy eating together and experience first-hand a campfire where the students were able to enjoy eating s’mores. On Wednesday the students had a morning of orienteering with Matt, Chardonnay really impressed everyone with her map reading skills. The next session was spent meeting the guinea pig Whizzer, with Sandi the Centre manager. All the students were wonderful with him. In the afternoon the group visited Mediaeval Bodiam Castle and dressed as knights in shining armour. Bobbi May, Kelvin, Sunny and Tommy were quite a sight in their heavy armour. They learned all about bows and different types of arrows. On Thursday the students were off site for the whole day in the morning they went to the Rare Breed Centre and held rabbits, chicks, stroked goats and helped feed the lambs. Paris and D’yah were fantastic with the animals! In the afternoon they went to Camber Sands and some brave pupils managed to put their toes in the sea. Reluctantly everyone packed their bags on Friday morning before a shelter building activity. It was great to see everyone working so well as a team. Miss Matthews and all the staff team that accompanied the Year 8’s would like to thank everyone who made the trip possible and so successful. They were all impressed with the way everyone helped each other and made it such a great week.
The staff at Kench Hill praised our students for their good manners and behaviour. They were especially happy with how much food our students ate and were delighted that they all liked the food so much!!