After tea on Wednesday we made our sandwiches quite well (we assume they must have been alright because they were eaten on Thursday) and had a quiz before heading to bed. We all settled quickly and slept very well, a few children needed to be woken up this morning ready for our long walk.
Once we had eaten breakfast – today it was sausage, hash browns and spaghetti with toast, cereal and fruit juice, we wrapped up warm and headed to the station. Lots of our group enjoyed their first trip on a train. The children were a real credit getting on and off the train in a very sensible manner, letting the usual train users get on and off first and giving them priority for the seats. It was a short hop to Grindleford, and from there to the Padley Chapel where we learnt all about the fate of Catholic priests in the reign of Henry VIII and Elizabeth I. From here we hiked up a large hill which we later discovered was in fact only a small hill because the next one was truly a LARGE hill. Later on in the day we explored mill stone grit and a collection of mill stones, had lunch at the quarry and had a great time team building creating a shelter large enough to get the whole class in.
Our next task was the final trek back to Hathersage, boot cleaning before a shower, tea and sandwich making. The children are currently watching a film and relaxing before bed and Miss Pearson, Mrs Hutchinson and Mrs Bee are looking forwards to another quiet night with some very tired children.
As usual the children have been a real pleasure, polite and caring and showing their good social skills.
Tomorrow will be packing, boot waxing and back to school. See you all then.
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