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Braeside Day One – an action packed first day!

What a fantastic first day! After an exciting bus trip, we dropped off our stuff and took some time to appreciate the magnificent setting which we will call home for the next three days.

Mrs Parmiter and Mrs Kench were especially pleased to be back once again!

We then set out on the Devizes town trail, looking for clues that could teach us a little of the town’s history. We learnt about the strange death of Ruth Pierce, who apparently died after lying about the sum of money she gave for a bag of wheat.

Mr Pavey’s group won the prize for the speediest tour of Devizes. Maybe they were spurred on by the thought of lunch…

After lunch, we headed down to the Kennet and Avon Canal to canoe and pond dip. For many of us, this was a first time on the water, reflected in the time spent in the reeds…

We all enjoyed a great game catching tennis balls and throwing them back into a bucket and kept score of our successful throws.

While one half of us canoed, the other pond dipped. We spotted many examples of wildlife including shrimp and caddies fly. A sighting of a snake turned out to be a false alarm.

We returned to a biscuit and a cup of hot chocolate (the first of many) and found out the all important sleeping arrangements. Teddies emerged from bags and took up residence and already, some eyebrows were raised at messy bedrooms (boys!). A delicious dinner followed before we set out to navigate the night line. Not only did we complete the course in record time, we were so quick round that we completed three laps; two without the help of adults!

A muddiest trousers competition quickly followed…

To end a magical first day, we gathered for a final cup of hot chocolate. We spent some time reflecting on the challenges we have overcome, other children we were proud of for their successes and who we were thankful to for the kindness, care and support that has been given in abundance today.