Sunday, 24 March 2019
Last optional weekend of the Spring term
Sunday began with some enthusiastic digging and composting in the school garden. Weeding was less fun but eventually Issy and Harry found some string to make a line and we planted some broad beans and onion sets. We optimistically thought they might be ready by Tuesday.
At about 1130 we loaded packed lunches in the minibus and set off for Oakerwood. Kit felt a little green around the gills but made it to our destination; a woodland picnic site. Four rugby sevens players joined us from Malvern along with Toby who accompanied the form 1s, form 2s and removes in their quadbiking activity.
A paintballing briefing is not for the faint-hearted. Instructor Mikey took the group through the dos and don’ts; cheating (such as wiping off paint marks) would be punished accordingly! Things have moved on since my day. One thing that hasn’t changed is that ammunition is limited, and preservation is paramount.
Mr Keeble and I watched on from the safety of the ‘dead zone’. The instruction ‘fetch the cheese’ sounded odd but moments later Mikey’s colleague arrived with two tubes which acted as targets for opposing teams in a game which had many resemblances to capture the flag. The next environment included props such as an old bus and a briefcase while the final challenge featured wooden barricades. Each game was punctuated by orange squash and some rest before more adrenaline.