Making great headway on this beautiful, sunny morning. Expected Arrival Time soon after noon.
You can be so incredibly proud of this amazing year group! What an outstanding week with outstanding young people. Our strong, experienced staff have all gone the extra mile – and not just in the hills and glens- to make sure everyone had the best experience possible. And the Benmore Instructors and staff have again delivered a top quality week of nurturing, patient and expert tuition.
The children were also superb at getting organised this morning. Breakfast at 8am and we were so super organised that the coaches left just before 9.30am. We have just boarded the ferry ready to depart and will update our ETA on this blog once we reach the other side.
Please assist us when we arrive by taking ANY suitcase into the playground. For safety we will keep the children on board the buses until the coaches are unloaded.
See you soon!
A great activity and a really nice day for group 8. They enjoyed learning canoeing and teamwork skills! A campfire and hot chocolate were their rewards for their hard work.
Biking this afternoon. What fun! The team practised balancing, jumps, weight forward, weight back then went on a bike ride through the fabulous scenery.
What a beautiful morning for biking with Group 3!
Group 7 had a very unique experience going underground! They all had fun climbing down holes and using their torches to find the way out! Unfortunately, not enough light to take underground photos!
What a morning to go orienteering! The weather was beautiful. The scenery is fabulous. The team worked really well together. Some ran and tried to have the fastest time- other groups sauntered and enjoyed the botanical gardens.
Another fantastic day yesterday! We think the group is top notch and it is wonderful that the Instructors and staff at Benmore think so, too. Such a credit to you and to the school. Lovely to have a visit from Principal Officer of Outdoor Learning, and Sciennes’ friend, Andrew Bradshaw.
Dinner last night was chicken nuggets with rice then Arctic Roll. Diaries and Tuck Shop from 7pm then at 8pm a super fun game of Cluedo! (We can’t wait to find out who has won the prizes back at school for Sciennes’ Staff Cluedo!)
The children are managing the whole experience superbly. A highlight has been quote: ” I used to have trouble sleeping.”
The staff are all high profile day and night with the children but trying to catch moments to post photos when we can. An upgrade to the WiFi here is a tremendous help and we will post more when we return.
Last full day of activities today then it’s party time at the legendary Benmore Disco tonight. It’s been mostly dry but we are actively seeking mud and puddles, so washing machines at the ready and we will see you tomorrow!
Group 6 braved the cave this morning and had so much fun!
After a busy and wet morning gorge walking group 3 enjoyed a calmer forest walk this afternoon. They had a den building competition, made a fire and drank hot chocolate before playing some new games on the walk back.
Great fun this morning with group 5! Excellent climbing skills, careful steps and great determination!
Biking this afternoon! What an adventure cycling through the gorgeous forest paths.
A beautiful walk through the Forest this morning. We made hot chocolate on the kelly kettle, learned how to make fires and made up a fantastic game for the team.
Group 2 put those Bikeability skills to good use this afternoon adventuring around the Benmore area. We travelled along roads and muddy paths, through streams and even found time to pause, enjoy a hot juice and work on our stone skimming skills. Well done Group 2. Positive vibes all round. 🤩
Group 4 spent a fun morning paddling across the loch and working as a team to get to different destinations. After a bit of practice, we mastered the technique before playing a few games and heading back for a warm bowl of soup.
After Birthday Cake O’Clock at 5pm on Tuesday there was some Free Time before spaghetti bolognaise and garlic bread with jam sponge and custard for Dinner. Diaries and Tuck Shop in the evening before heading out into the grounds for a Team Scavenger Hunt with torches at the ready. Wonderful! Although great fun with terrific teamwork, everyone welcomed finishing up the Activity at 9pm, aiming for Lights Out at 9.30pm.
Dorms looking fabulously well organised and tidy with high scores being achieved for morning Dorm Inspections already in all four wings of the building.
Groups are off and about and doing you all proud! Tremendous credit to you and the school.
A fantastic activity to start the day. We knew it would be cold and wet (it was) and we were told it would be fun. It was awesome! Team 1 worked as a group and encouraged each other to travel up the gorge. We tread on stones under water, climbed over beaches, made a dam and slid down the rocks in the gorge. Fabulous fun! Well done team.
Went caving this afternoon. Great teamwork everyone! After hiking through a beautiful forest everyone squeezed into a small space and using ropes were lowered into a cave below. The group made up a fantastic dance to warm up and celebrate Zosia’s birthday again.
Nice biking skills from group 6! They worked really hard on their way to our destination, showing determination and resilience! Their reward, a nice cup of hot chocolate! Good job team!
This afternoon group eight braved the gorges and displayed amazing resilience and team work. The whole team braved climbing up inside the waterfall!
What a beautiful morning spent climbing and abseiling with group nine!
Great map skills from group 2! Fun and learning at the same time! Teamwork prevailed even though some clues were tricky to be found.
Group 1 spent the afternoon getting lost in the forest. They climbed a hill, adventured through the trees, crawled through hidden tunnels and jumped in ALL the muddy puddles! A great afternoon with a great bunch.
Group 7 were all smiles today as they tackled the gorge. Despite wellies full of water they were positive, enthusiastic and a real pleasure to spend the morning with. As an added treat, we even got some sunshine. ☀️
Eight wonderful P6s and four adults all dedicated to building confidence and resilience.
And Joshua says “and building greatness!”
We have well rested pupils and staff this morning. This is no mean feat for the first night at camp! We are impressed!
Breakfast is at 8.30am and we are all looking forward to the day ahead.
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We had a great adventure with loads of puddling!
What a perfect night for a night walk! Clear, bright, starlit sky with a stunning moon. All tucked up now and … so far so good!
Rest easy, too, folks!
We have arrived safe and happy! Thank you so much for pre-camp bed making practice! Off for an explore of the building and grounds then cake o’clock at 5pm and we have just finished delicious fish and chips with ice cream and jelly. Children have gathered just now with their Class Teachers for diary time together and then we are heading off into the soggy, muddy forest for an exciting night walk!
P6 pupils will board buses from 9.45am and set off for Benmore Outdoor Education Centre on Monday 3rd February around 10am.
BUS ONE P6B and P6A Boys
BUS TWO P6C and P6A Girls
A clothing list can be found on this Benmore blog and we have issued a copy on A4 (with tick boxes for packing and repacking). Old and warm clothing is best, with layers of clothes recommended. Labelling all items of clothing is extremely helpful and we would advise packing plenty of old socks. Please note that jeans are not recommended for activities. It is important that pupils are involved in packing their suitcase so they can identify their belongings when repacking. Marking every item with a Sharpie pen will dramatically increase our chances of reuniting you with any unclaimed lost property!
Thank you in advance for your support in signing and returning our Benmore Behaviour Contract. Please impress upon your child the seriousness of any rule breaking at school camp.
A table for each class will be set up in the Gym Hall on Monday morning. Please drop off luggage behind the table and then wait outside in the playground. From 8.30am, pupils can register that they have arrived in school – and give the class teacher any medication in a clear, plastic bag with an accompanying KIC medical form – before going back out into the playground.
Medical KIC forms should be kept with any medication handed to the Class Teacher on the day of departure.
N.B. KIC Medical forms have been issued to those pupils who indicate on the KIC Consent form that they will require medication. Additional forms will be available on the day. These should be completed and placed in a sealed, clear plastic bag with your child’s medication. Please also label medication with your child’s name.
If your child is on medication and can self- administer, they may do so. We recommend pupils carry any blue inhalers on their person, though a spare may be handed to the class teacher. If it is appropriate for Sciennes staff to administer medication, please place the medication in a sealed plastic bag with the KIC Medical form. KIC medical forms will be issued if you indicate on the KIC Consent form that your child will require medication. Remember to hand any travel sickness medication for the return journey to the Class Teacher. (It is often useful to pack lip salve and moisturising cream.)
All children should have visited the toilet before coming back into the Hall at 9.15am.
£5.00 spending money is adequate and we would suggest a maximum of £10.00 though there is a very good selection of souvenirs available as well as sweets. We will limit the children to one purchase of sweets per evening and would discourage families from packing lots of sweet treats. Money should be looked after by your child in a named purse or wallet. Loose change is best. We strongly discourage pupils from bringing any valuables (such as expensive cameras or MP3 players). Pupils should not bring mobile phones.
We will gather in the Hall at 9.15am until the buses arrive. (Parents are kindly requested to wait outside to ease congestion.) Pupils will then carry their own luggage and board the buses one class at a time around 9.45am. Suitcases will be placed in the hold and cannot be accessed until we reach Benmore, so pupils must make sure they take a day bag with packed lunch, snack and drink onto the bus.
When pupils get on the bus, Sciennes’ staff will help stow jackets and day bags and check seat belts are fastened correctly. Families are welcome to wait to wave us off around 10am.
It is extremely difficult to obtain a signal at Benmore and the main purpose of our blog is to provide a record for pupils to use in follow up work back in the classroom. However, we will aim to publish a few photographs and posts on our blog to update families during our adventures, adding more when we return home. Please note that we will not hesitate to contact you by telephone should any need arise.
We expect to return to Sciennes around 12.30pm on Friday 7th February. If there is any significant change to the expected arrival time then school will send a text message to all parents. We will post to the blog throughout the journey home to keep you updated on our expected arrival time.
Pupils always really appreciate mail at camp and families are encouraged to send post to:
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Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or comments.
Depute Head Teacher
Thank you very much to those families who attended the Information Session on Thursday 24th October. We hope all families will be able to find the information here that you require for the P6 residential in February 2020, but do not hesitate to contact if you have any questions or comments.
Consent KIC forms and suggested clothing lists will be issued next week.