Today Mrs. Brookes, a librarian from Bridgend Public Library, came to a special assembly to present certificates and medals to the children who took part in the 'Record Breakers' reading challenge during the Summer holiday. Thirty eight children completed the challenge successfully, reading at least six books. Well done to everybody who successfully completed the Summer Reading Challenge.
Llongyfarchiadau i bawb sy wedi wneud y sialens darllen yn ystod y gwyliau'r Haf. Congratulations to everybody - great readers from our school who enjoyed reading at least six books this Summer. Over the six weeks of the holidays, they received special 'Record Breakers' bookmarks, fridge magnets and stickers as they completed each stage of the reading challenge. If you are not a member of the library, why not pay a visit to the public library at the Bridgend Life Centre and join for free. Darllen gwych! Great reading!
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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.
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