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Next we were shown to our rooms. There were several other schools staying at Manor Adventure and Llangewydd had the top floor of the hotel all to themselves! Mind you, that did mean that we'd have to go up and down a LOT of stairs through the week. We'd certainly be fitter by the week's end. We all carried our luggage up to the third floor - our Llangewydd HQ for the next few days with the teachers' rooms at either end of the corridor. After some puffing and panting, we had time to settle into our rooms with our friends. We were very excited and enjoyed exploring our rooms with their comfortable bunk beds and en suite bathrooms. We had some important decisions to make - who would have the top bunks?! But more importantly, which room would win the prize for the week's tidiest dormitory?
Soon it was time to see if all our hard work had paid off - would our raft float or sink? Yikes! We'd soon find out. We launched our raft on the water and it seemed to float but would it stay afloat when we climbed aboard? We took turns to crew the raft and paddled it across the lake. Paddling a raft is quite tricky. We had to pull the paddles backwards to move the raft forwards and use the paddle to push the water forwrads to move the raft backwards. Confused? We were too at times. We had great fun on our raft as you can see in the photographs above and below. We all worked well as a team, encouraging each other and helping each other out if we got into difficulties. It was also difficult to keep our balance when there were three or four of us on the raft. We had to take care not to wobble the raft too much or we'd end up in the lake! Nikki challenged us to paddle over to the island, collect a twig and return to shore. And yes, we did it!
The sun streamed in through the coach windows as we travelled back down through the mountains towards the M4. Time to reflect on the fantastic few days we had had at Manor Adventure. So many of us had challenged ourselves to achieve personal goals, overcome fears and taken opportunities to experience new things. We'd also had to get along with others, co-operating and working as a team to get things done. Many of us chatted to our friends during the journey home whilst others fell fast asleep, exhausted after an action-packed few days.
Throughout the day, the house point totals were announced and the competition became more and more exciting with Green House/Tŷ Gwyrdd taking a significant lead. Instrumentalists had an opportunity to earn points for their houses by performing a piece of music for the school. Eleri wowed everyone with how well she played the guitar. Taylor Swift, watch out! We were amazed at the standards our musicians have achieved. You could have heard a pin drop as Grace and Megan played the piano. We all enjoyed listening to the violinists the flautists and the brass instrumentalists who have made such great progress with their music. Llongyfarchiadau i chi gyd! Congratulations to all of you!
We were all so impressed by class items from the Rainbow and Sunshine classes. The Rainbow class talked in Welsh about healthy living - 'Bywyd Iachus' and sang a fantastic Welsh song about making cawl with fresh vegetables. The Sunshine 'rugby team' entered the hall to the National Anthem and performed a poem, 'Welsh Rugby' by David Boyce. They even performed their very own Welsh 'haka' which was a little scary! All the children had worked so hard at learning their lines and spoke and sang so well. We were all touched by the children's hard work and enthusiasm.
This morning, our school choir visited Cefn Glas Infants School to practise singing Welsh Cymanfa Ganu songs with Year Two children. It was lovely to visit Cefn Glas and to see younger brothers and sisters, friends, Mrs. Henderson, Miss Bryant and our Infants School teachers. As usual we were all given a warm welcome.
We spent the morning in the school hall practising Welsh songs including 'Pwy Wnaeth Y Ser Uwchben?', 'Molwch', 'I'd Like To Tell the World About', 'Calon Lan' and not forgetting our National Anthem - 'Mae Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau'. We all sang so well and were impressed by how well and enthusiastically the Infants children sang. We are looking forward to returning to Cefn Glas for another rehearsal next week, and of course singing at the Cymanfa Ganu at Bryntirion Comprehensive School on Wednesday 11th March at 6.00pm.
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