Year 6 Whitby Residential 2019
What a fantastic week! 60 children returned from our annual residential to Whitby with smiles on their faces and memories that will hopefully last a lifetime.
This year saw the first ‘split residential’ with two groups of 30 children visiting Whitby between Monday-Wednesday, and Wednesday and Friday.
The trip started, as ever, with a short trip to Dalby forest where an hour or so of swinging through the tree tops awaited us. After a short safety briefing, the children were strapped into their harnesses and eagerly climbing the stairs to the challenges which awaited them. It was a joy to watch from ground level, as children faced their fears, took the step off the ledge and shot down the zip-wire! After an hour or so to explore the playground and have lunch, another hour or so awaited us on the coach before arriving at our accommodation for the next few nights. Whitby Youth Hostel is a magnificent Grade 1 listed mansion situated immediately beside the iconic ruins of Whitby Abbey.
From the moment we arrived, the children were in awe of the views over the harbour and North Yorkshire Moors, with the town just a short walk away down the famous 199 steps. The children had some time in their rooms to make their beds, get settled in and enjoy the views from the window over the ruins of the Abbey. After dinner, it was time for our night walk, to take in some of the key sights around the town: down the 199 steps, up to the famous whalebones and through the haunted tunnel where a surprise was waiting for them!
Day two was extremely busy! It included a humongous breakfast to prepare us for the day, a lesson on fossils and a long walk on the cliff tops down to Saltwick Bay. While on the beach, the children searched their little hearts out, looking for fossils, and as ever we found some fantastic examples of preserved remains of any once-living things from a past geological age.
After the long (and tiring) walk back to the hostel, we recharged our batteries with a packed lunch before heading back down the steps towards the harbour, where Ken and his team were waiting for us for our trip out on the finest sailing boat on the water. The boat was a replica of Captain James Cook’s famous vessel which he used to sail around the world and explore distant lands. Unfortunately, the weather wasn’t too kind to us while out sailing in the sea, so a hasty retreat was made back to the warmth of the Whitby amusements and shops where the children had the opportunity to spend their £5 pocket money.
Film night is a firm favourite by children and adults alike, and with everyone in their pyjamas, slippers on and duvets laid out in the TV room, we sat down to relax in front of a good movie for our final night at the hostel.
Day three saw an early start, another big breakfast to set us up for the day and time to pack up our rooms, before a short drive to Robin Hood’s Bay just down the coast. We each enjoyed hunting for crabs and star fish in the rock pools, playing football on the beach and posing for photos with our catches. Some lovely Whitby chips accompanied our lunch and was followed by some time to relax on the playground before it was time to make our way back to school! What a fantastic few days, the children were a pleasure to take away, representing the school amazingly.
Time for some sleep to catch up on some of the missing zzz’s.