Sunday, 21 October 2018
Ice, lasers, escapes, park and pigs!
This weekend was a beautiful Autumnal weekend and 38 boys and girls stayed in for the Optional trip and activities.
We had some fantastic rugby matches against Christ College Brecon and Hockey matches against Moor Park on Saturday afternoon. There was a large crowd of supporters including many OAs who had already started their half term and so came along to support siblings or just came back to meet up with friends. A group of last year’s leavers also came along in the morning to make their contribution to the growing mountain of ceramic poppies.
We made the most of the lovely evening with games outside before settling down for films before bed.
After a full English breakfast, we headed off for Ice Quest in Malvern. We enjoyed an hour on the ice rink together with penguins and seals for those who were less confident. By the end of the session, everyone was hurtling around at an alarming speed and coats, hats and gloves had long been discarded.
We had a hot lunch to rebuild our energy before splitting in two with half playing games of Laser quest and the other half entering the ‘Escape rooms’ in small groups. This was an amazing activity where the children, in groups of 6 (plus a member of staff), were locked in ‘escape rooms’ with an hour counting down for them to solve a whole host of clues in order to escape. A series of clues were channelled into the room on the screen and someone outside the room was controlling the situation though a series of cameras. Codes had to be found for countless padlocks and locks.
Once everyone had enjoyed both activities we headed off to the local park for some fresh air and then called in at ‘The Cob House’ in Martley on the way home to see all manner of animals including reindeer, alpacas, a variety of chickens and goats and my favourite Minty and Molly, the very large pigs.
Back at Abberley we had tea and enjoyed a relaxing evening before early beds.