Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Conwy Castle

Tuesday 16 June

Today we went for another long walk with the students from Moulsecoomb Primary who are on camp here in Wales. A subtle change has come over the students. They appear to have accepted that long walks are a part of what happens on camp, and the complaints of earlier in the week seem to have evaporated. They have pushed their limits and I can fell a sense of achievement amongst them, when they may not have been aware of their own capabilities. Our walk was interrupted by a possible sighting of a “Yeti” by a few of the students. Most saw nothing, however many were convinced and the walk continued with some trepidation. Unfortunately I was in the wrong place and missed all the commotion.

Children collected samples from the woods throughout the walk which really focused their observations. Collected items will be used for art work on their return to Brighton. Lunch by Miners Bridge, a crossing point near a set of waterfalls saw the group have a well deserved rest. After a further hike to the coach the group headed off to Conwy Castle. Here the children sketched different aspects of the castle. A quick tour led by Head Teacher Charles Davis had showed me the benefits of child centred tours. Children were fascinated and participated enthusiastically in the question and answer session which Mr Davis ran as they moved throughout the castle ruins.

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