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Willersley 2023 – Monday

Willersley Castle 2023!


We set off at just before lunch today- bright eyed and full of smiles. Some of us had packed what looked like our whole bedrooms - let's see if we actually use everything we've brought!

And we're off!

There’s no resting when we’re on residential at Willersley Castle – no sooner had we arrived than we got given our schedules for the day. Once we’d had our orientation talk, checked out our rooms and unpacked (in a fashion), we were straight into our activities. Miss Halstead has an iWatch and she’d closed all her rings in record time today!

Mrs Robinson’s group (Group 7) did Low Ropes and Miss Halstead’s group (Group 8) did the Blind trail. It was really good fun – you have to really have faith in each other for both the activities. In the low ropes we give each other confidence and tips, and in the Blind Trail we rely on each other to get around the obstacles without hurting ourselves.

For this evening we have eating (very important) and Manor Olympics on the agenda.

Low Ropes

On the low ropes we worked in pairs, helping each other to master the skills. It may not look high but it is still a little nerve racking and we have to really listen to each other to make sure we don't fall.

Blind Trail

Well obviously we're not actually blind, but being blindfolded like this does several things. It makes us appreciate how those who struggle to see have such a challenge in their day to day lives. Secondly, it makes us think about our other senses. When we cannot use our eyes we have to use other senses to aid ourselves in getting around. In particularly our hearing and touch. And finally, we realised how important it is to have others to help us - and how clearly we need to communicate.
Often we talk with our hands, or make other gestures - but when people cannot see we have to make sure that our words are clear and accurate.

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Following Boris Johnson’s 8pm announcement we now know that as of midnight tonight the country has entered a new period of Lockdown, a Lockdown that includes the closure of school. 

School will be open for the children of Key Workers and for pupils who are deemed vulnerable. All pupils will be provided with work in order for them to keep learning. 

Tonight’s announcement was very short notice for you as parents and also for us as a Staff. Tomorrow, by 11am there will be three tasks on the school website for each Class to complete as their Tuesday learning. However, School will be closed to ALL pupils tomorrow. 


Staff, however, will be in school preparing for the rest of the Lockdown. Through tomorrow we will prepare school to make it safe for Key worker pupils and vulnerable children to return. 

We will send out a form for you to apply for a place in the Keyworker Bubbles and we will let you know more about how children will be learning remotely. We will do our very best to re-open to Key Worker children and vulnerable pupils by Wednesday. 

I am aware of how difficult this is for you all, School closing creates a multitude of problems for everyone but data surrounding this awful disease dictates that this is a necessary step. As ever, the safety and health of everyone must be a priority. 

Thank you for your continued support and we will be in frequent contact over the next few days. 

Many thanks

Claire Halstead