On Monday 20th May, 12 Year 6 pupils set off for an overnight trip to Leeson House, in Langton Matravers near Swanage. Luckily, thanks to our hard-working, dedicated Friends of Yewstock, our second bus had been able to be repaired and came back just in time!
Our first bit of excitement was going on the chain ferry from Sandbanks to Studland. A couple of pupils had worried about sinking, but luckily we survived the 4 minute journey safe and sound! We then went on to Putlake Adventure Farm, where we had a brilliant time stroking guinea pigs, bottle-feeding the very hungry and lively lambs and playing in the indoor and outdoor play areas. The farm was a change to our original itinerary and was made possible by a generous donation by the Blackmore Vale Lodge, so many thanks to them.
We got to Leeson House in time for a walk and a story in the grounds with one of their fantastic staff, before getting settled in our rooms and enjoying a delicious dinner. We then went off to Studland beach for some epic sandcastle building. As usual Mr Ryall had bought an extra large bucket and spade in the hope of competition glory, but the children held their own and some amazing structures and sculptures were created. Our day was rounded off by hot chocolate and story-telling before the pupils went off to bed and eventually (though much more quickly than staff had expected!) went to sleep. On Tuesday, the sun was shining and we had a lovely morning at the play park before going for a brilliant steam train ride to Norden.
All the pupils were fantastic; they joined in with all the activities and behaved brilliantly the whole time, ensuring that everyone was able to enjoy the trip. Thanks must also go to Mr Ryall and the amazing teaching assistants who gave up their time to make the trip possible. We would also like to say thank you to everyone who donated or bought cakes at our cake sale, which enabled the children to have a few extra treats while we were away.