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Year 6 residential – Day 4: trailblazing, mysterious sightings and out on the ocean (finally!)

What a day! They don’t come much more action-packed than this!

After a hearty breakfast, we were off trailblazing: hiking along coastal paths and through forests and fields, finding out more about our wonderful location…

Smugglers Cove was our first vantage point where we imagined boat loads of contraband being brought ashore.We followed Smugglers Trail down to Devil’s Chimney, a natural stairway through giant slabs of rock where smugglers would scare off the chasing customs officers.

The steps were steep and some of us felt a little claustrophobic but we made it to the top where we had great views of the ocean. It was there that we saw something rather strange.

After hearing about the fate of HMS Eurydice and the subsequent mysterious sightings last night, Mr J zoomed in on a picture he took, picking up this ghostly image…

Alex and Verity have already organised a research group to find out more about this strange sighting and Theo has suggested sending the image to the BBC news team!

After a brief rest we were challenged to RUN up Nansen Hill to reach the highest point on the Isle of Wight… (Mrs Englefield would proud of our alternative mile run!)

We made it! Here we all are at the highest point on the Island…

At this point the wind really began to pick up as we wandered along a ridge overlooking beautiful countryside…

We had a great time taking ‘windswept hair’ selfies!

On our way down, we found out about the bombing of radio stations which were used to guide British planes towards France – this is some of us stood next to a bomb crater…

Eventually we made it to Shanklin where we ate lunch in the park (and took another selfie – Isla let Mr J borrow her hat!)

…before eating huge ice creams by the sea!

After another long walk along the coast we finally made it to the surf shack where we began our bodyboarding session!

It was then a walk to the cliff top to catch the bus back to East Dene where we had yet another swim, ate dinner and reflected on our time here whilst toasting marshmallows around the campfire…

The comments made around the fire were so thoughtful, all of us were massively proud of what we’ve achieved during our week away; the main theme of our reflection was our amazing friendships and the wonderful memories we’ve created which will last a lifetime…

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