After a restful night, the teachers and children were ready for their next adventure. We turned the dinner room into a birthday room with banners, balloons and birthday cards for Ria and sang ‘Happy Birthday’ to her as she arrived. Once we had collected our packed lunches, we set off - it was an extraordinarily warm day! The children and especially teachers were shedding layers very quickly as we began our ascent. We walked through Swanage town and then walked up a very steep hill whilst admiring the spectacular views of Swanage Bay. We were very lucky to not lose any shoes in the mud but it was a close call! We all celebrated once we had reached the top and had a well deserved rest, snack and drink while Glenn enthralled us with stories of the mounds we were sitting on. We were still extremely lucky and amazed at the gloriously warm weather we were experiencing, it definitely did not feel like November!
We continued on our walk while collecting items for our Aboriginal journey lines, these were pieces of string on which we knotted leaves or sticks to remember where we had been, we could then use these to tell a story of our walk. We walked along the Jurassic Coast spotting the Isle of Wight glistening in the sun, stopping next at Old Harry’s Rocks for our packed lunch. After lunch, Glenn visually explained (with a little help from a few children) how Old Harry’s Rocks were formed, the children, in small groups, were then taken to have a closer look. The thankfully downhill journey continued towards Studland Bay, our journey ended with a scavenger hunt on the beach for shells. We then greeted the coach with happy smiles as it meant we didn’t have to walk all the way back to Swanage! Tonight, the children will be experiencing what life was like as a smuggler