The week before half term saw the children from Years 5 and 6 set off for five days in Llandudno. Staying in a traditional sea-front hotel, the children were able to experience many different outings including Welsh Mountain Zoo, Electric Mountain, Greenwood Forest Park, Beaumaris Courthouse and Gaol, Pili Palas, the Great Orme Tramway and the Copper Mines. We were fortunate enough to watch an RNLI training launch from the beach and to tour the lifeboat station at Rhyll, where the children presented money towards a new lifeboat, that they had raised at School.
Residential trips provide so much more for the children than merely ‘trips out’. For some it is the first time they have stayed away from home for four nights. They have to pack their own bags, keep their rooms tidy (yes, they really did!), organise their belongings, make decisions, work as a team, and cope with the inevitable feelings of missing home. We support them in all of this of course, but what is always heartening is seeing how well they support one another. Heartening also were the many comments from members of the public about the beautiful manners and behaviour of the children. This is a key strength of our community at Brabyns, and never is it more evident than on a residential.
Everyone had a fabulous week.