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Twelve Go Mad in Dorset!

Posted: 6th July 2012 | Category: Year 8

Following the trauma of Common Entrance exams, six boys and six girls from Year 8 sallied forth on the annual Dorset Trip. The weather forecast was dire and Angela and I had packed for all conditions!

We gathered at 0715h on Friday morning, packed the bus and waited for Alana to put on her make-up!  By half past we were ready for the “off”: we bade adieu to the lachrymose parents and we headed westwards.

Twelve Go Mad in Dorset!

The journey began well until the girls began singing along to various numbers; the resultant cacophony was a cross between a caterwaul and a strangled banshee…but they were happy and freed from the constraints of school.

After two hours we stopped for breakfast at Avon Heath which sports a fantastic play area with an exciting zip wire.  It also boasts a fine set of toilets and a top class Greasy Spoon so Angela could enjoy a full English!  I, of course, had muesli and milk.

The remainder of the journey was uneventful and we arrived in Weymouth before noon.  We parked up and headed for the sandy beach.
At this point the sun broke through and we were treated to a windy but warm patch which afforded the girls the chance to put on bikinis and take a plunge in the very shallow bay under the watchful eye of the local lifeguards.  They were brave and pretended the water was warm but they could not entice any of the rest of the party to join in!  The lads preferred playing French Cricket and Soccer.

Next stop was the supermarket for provisions and then we trundled over to Weymouth Bay Holiday Park to sort out our accommodation: two pristine 8 berth mobile homes in a lovely setting next to a brook and a football field – ideal!

The kids enjoyed their afternoon swimming, playing football and generally “chilling”.

The following morning, after a hearty breakfast, we did a circular walk from Worth MacTravers to St Adhelm’s Head with its famous steps.  The wind was gusting form the sea to land and the group was intrepid as they battled along the coastal path.  Six miles later, we decided the weather was closing in and we would beat a retreat to the camp.  Swimming, dancing and enjoying each other’s company was the order of the rest of the day and evening.

Sunday was sunny!  We decided to visit Lulworth Cove and do a bit of rock pooling and retail therapy.  Then it was back to camp as four of our party were being collected by Ian and Daphne so that they could partake in the County Athletics at Crawley.

As soon as they had departed, we divided the remaining 8 students into two teams for our annual “Ready Steady Cook” Competition.  Here the teams have to prepare a 3 course meal which would be judged by the teachers and then eaten by the pupils themselves.  The children were quite inventive with the ingredients.  And you can see some of the pictures with this article!  Stir fries, omelettes, couscous, leeks in white sauce, roast chicken and , the piece de resistance, “Eat and Mess” (Eton Mess!) ensured they all had a balanced and delicious meal.  Clearing up was another matter!

Our journey back next day involved a 3 hour visit to A & E to sort out an injury to Ally’s arm.

Back to school on Monday afternoon – tired but happy!  A good way to mark the end of those taxing exams!

Tim Lewis

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