The day started early. The boys were up fairly early but, to be fair to them, they slept right the way through the night, which was appreciated!! The morning took the group by surprise as after being promised a dry week, the first morning drizzle was a disappointment. A coach took the group to our local link school and they were greeted, in the corridor, by two rows of children singing to them and the other school groups (a Polish and a Romanian group). They then settled down and the Head, Yan, took them through some French and English. It was good to see how well the pupils coped as it was really cramped and hot!! One needed a break and quick run in the cool drizzle did wonders! They were then offered waffles, which were appreciated. There was a tour of another school and they did some running in the sports hall. Everyone enjoyed that part in particular and it was great to see some pupils mixing with the other schools.
After lunch, which was pumpkin soup along with some bread and cheese they did a fact finding activity which involved walking around Sailles (the local village). The map wasn’t easy to follow but 3 of the Belgium children acted as guides and our group decided to use Google translation and asked for various localities, which were found with relative ease once they ignored the maps. Our group were pleased that they completed the puzzle first! An unexpected surprise was announced midway through the afternoon when they were invited to the town hall for a reception. The staff said how fantastic everyone was. A reasonable amount of talking (in French) and they all watched patiently.
The evening took its usual course. A couple of the boys played a version of pool and constructed some unusual tunes on the piano. Sometimes quiet; often loud. It was enjoyable. The remaining pupils were quite content to either interact with the others or stick to their own activities and find their own space. A proud day for them all.
A small groups of students and staff left St Albans train station this morning on their way to Belgium for the week. The trip is part of our Erasmus Plus project. The group are staying in Andenne and are linking with the other school groups from Belgium, Poland and Romania who are also part of the project. They are currently all excitedly waiting at St Pancras International to get on the Eurostar …..but the train is delayed by 30 minutes.
On Monday 15th October we held our Harvest Assembly in school. Lizzie, our local Vicar, and Michelle from DENS came along and joined us for the assembly, as did some parents and friends. Everyone joined in well with singing and signing our Harvest songs, and the pupils who did the readings did very well. Thank you to everyone who sent in donations of food for the Harvest, all of which went to DENS. After the Assembly the pupils took part in making a range of food ready for the Harvest Supper which we held in the hall in the afternoon. An enjoyable day had by all.
A great last day. We had a farewell meet together with the Polish head teacher and all schools where we were presented with gift bags. We then went to the special needs school which was lovely. It was nice to see how they prioritise life skills and the cooking department was very effective. There was a well equipped gym and we enjoyed trying out the different machines and exercises. We played some team games such as tug of war and relay races before leaving for a nice meal. It has truly been a wonderful experience for all involved and Woodfield staff and students really have been a credit to the school. Now for the journey home and a well deserved restful half term.
Today we went to an activity village and a young man with Autism from the local special needs school joined us which was lovely. We started by making our own magnets and everyone enjoyed painting them. We then took part in some physical activity games over a series of bouncy castles which was great fun, all the teams enjoyed mixing together for that. We visited a mirror museum which was interactive and fun. We then all made some gingerbread biscuits together which we were able to sample. We can’t believe this is our last night already but we are looking forward to visiting the special needs school tomorrow.
Today we had a guided tour round the botanical gardens; the tour itself was not as dynamic as we are used to at Woodfield so we made our own fun by going on a lizard hunt. It was a very hot day and I don’t think we’ve ever drunk so much water but fun was had by all. The activity was concluded with a plant maze and the first team to find their way out of the maze won. Woodfield students, with their life skills and good sense of direction, of course won and found their way out of the maze efficiently. We then participated in an art activity to recreate some of the scenes we had seen in the day. The students created some beautiful pictures and Felix recreated the maze as he had enjoyed it so much. We then had a lovely meal at a fancy restaurant and all plates were cleared… we had clearly built up an appetite! Looking forward to tomorrow’s events.
Another great day for the group in Poland. Today we travelled to Solina lake and were very lucky to have glorious sunshine after the weather report had forecast rain. We sailed to an island in the middle of the lake and all the students loved the boat. It was very relaxing. We had a lovely lunch in the sunshine and then went to paintball. Mejwad found it hilarious and couldn’t take his eyes off the paintballs, Panashe found it a little loud at first but got used to it quickly, Felix said it was so much fun. Rosie and Sunny were an amazing shot and hit the target nearly every time. We then sailed back to the shore and went to visit the water dam. We walked over it and Mejwad loved looking over the edge. It was a beautiful view. We did a little gift shopping and then returned to the hotel. Again the students have been amazing all day and all have said how much fun they are having. We’re looking forward to another great day tomorrow