10 children from P4 - 7 along with Ian and Miss Clements went to Hoy for 3 days and 2 nights. We had a great time, having loads of fun coasteering, canoeing, shelter building and lots more. We also had lots of fun preparing for room inspections (Miss Clements and Ian were very happy about this) and visiting the Scapa Flow Visitor Centre.
While we were away we learned new skills; being brave even when it's a bit scary (Ian was brave going on the water and we were all brave jumping from rocks into the water), staying away from home, making beds (or hiding the fact that we didn't know how to put a duvet cover on with great ingenuity) and washing up (you do need hot water and washing up liquid to do this effectively).
We can't wait to visit Hoy again, hopefully for longer next time as there are still loads of things we would like to do! A MASSIVE thank you to all the people who helped us on the trip; Ron, Nigel, Dave, Richie (Mars Bar), the catering team from Stromness Academy for the FANTASTIC food, the team at the Scapa Flow Visitor Centre and to the Shapinsay Development Trust, Community Council and Parent Council who all gave us money towards the cost of the trip.
Venturing across the sea to Hoy on the MV Graemsay.
Bravely entering the water....
Getting a bit braver,,,,
This is easy!
This is so cool!
Ian kept an eye on us from above!
Visiting a magical cave with turquoise water and lots of jellyfish.
Helping each other.
Checking out the next jump.
Watching how to do it,,,,
and having a go!
Getting back out was easier said than done!
Playing chess in the evening,
Getting ready to go canoeing.
"Bouncy aids on!"
Ian conquers his fear of water!
We all sailed together on 4 canoes lashed together.
All together now - blow!
Mars Bar takes it easy!
Some children had a go at paddling on their own.
Team work - make a shelter....
Visiting Lyness Naval Cemetery. We were amazed at how young some people were and sad to see that some graves were of unknown soldiers.
Betty Corrigall's grave.
The oil tank at Scapa Flow Visitor Centre.
Cup of tea?
We like dressing up!
Watching the information film.
Trying to find the answers to the quiz!
Look at me!
Making sure Shapinsay is protected....
What were the women's branch of the Royal Navy called?
At the duck pond - we counted 16 ducklings and named all the ducks (Jeff and Humphrey mainly).
Leaving Hoy - tired and happy!