current ETA is about 11.15am but could vary depending on whether we hit traffic. The satnav is saying some traffic issues ahead.
Will aim to keep you updated.
Will be docking at Dover any second and heading home. Will try and update website at about Fleet Services with a more accurate arrival time.
We are now on the ferry heading towards Dover after a relatively good night's sleep. With less sugar running through veins, it has been a calm journey. Everyone made it safely through border control and are now busy tucking into breakfast and browsing the shop aboard P & O Canterbury.
We are due to dock at Dover at approximately 7.15am British time so will try and update you then on our ETA.
Our school phone is not doing a great job of linking to the school website or receiving wifi so it may be that, if we are unable to update this website, you will receive a Parentmail instead.
We look forward to arriving back in Cranborne tired but happy very soon.
After an exhausting week of activities so far, several of our pupils decided it shouldn't just be the teachers that were entitled to a cup of tea!
After a morning's session sailing, Year 7 grabbed their helmets and prepared to mountain bike towards Mimizan. The happy group were off to a rocky start with cries of, "My bike won't go!" And "The gears are broken!" After a short investigation; however, it became obvious that the appropriate answer was "We don't think the bike's the problem!"
After everyone got more comfortable, we rode through various places in our forest route, learning about the local environment as we went. One particularly interesting stop was a local army training ground- don't worry we didn't go in! It was interesting to learn about though!
Finally, we made it back to the campsite, just in time for the snack hut to open, ready to buy an ice-cream treat. After all, it was thirsty work!
Bonjour! After our day out at the dune, we all headed to dinner wondering what would be on the menu. The faces of the pupils were a picture when they were told their starter would be mussels, snails and frogs legs!! After a bit of coaxing, the majority of children (with varying degrees of uncertainty) tucked in. We were SO impressed with their 'have-a-go attitude' and that they even demolished the other school's starters! Some interesting and hilarious facial expressions below:
After a hearty breakfast year 7 donned their sensible shoes and backpacks, ready for an adventure. We headed onto the coach (sweet, sweet air conditioning) and headed out to the Dune de Pyla, the biggest sand dune in Europe. The Dune reaches a height of 107m, and it has spectacular views over a huge pine forest and the coast. It was also a Star Wars filming location!
We reached the base of the dune and I believe Morgan summed it up well when he said: "That dune is big. Very big." Everyone began the mammoth climb and made it to the top (even Ms Clasby and Mr Phelps who went up the steps) and enjoyed the great view from the top.
After a few pictures at the top, and burying Caitlin in sand, it was then time for the annual Cranborne Dune Running championship. Year 7 went down in groups, running faster than they ever had before, desperately trying not to fall over! We all made it down to the bottom at quite a speed.
We also finally answered that age old question, how much sand can you bring back in your clothing? The answer is: a lot.
"I climbed up it twice and could not feel my legs at the end"- Finn
For our evening activity today we visited Mimizan, which was only 20 minutes away by coach. We ran a few errands, namely getting the biggest ice-creams that we could manage and made our way down to the beach for some sandy fun! We answered such important questions like, how much sand can you fit in a shoe? Can you slide down a dune on your belly? How can you position churros in the sand without getting them sandy? After a short ride back everyone is now tucked up in bed. We can't wait until tomorrow!
This afternoon saw temperatures rise and sweaty faces increase as one half of the group took on the Rockley orienteering course and somehow ended up in the lake! Poor Mr Phelps, who was enjoying a leisurely paddle with Josh, was accosted by the entire group and tipped off his paddleboard!
General hilarity followed with Hayden, our instructor, encouraging all pupils to get involved in launching themselves head-first into the lake. A fun-filled afternoon had by all.
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