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Year 8 Trip 2018 – Blog Three

July 10, 2018

Year 8 Trip 2018 – SS Great Britain, M Shed

The #BallardTripsWeek for Year 8 has a jam-packed itinerary:

Monday- Longleat

Tuesday- Bath- Roman Baths, Fashion Museum and Shakespeare’s Henry V

Wednesday- Bristol – workshop in the M Shed museum and SS Great Britain 

Thursday- Cheddar Gorge and caves

Friday- Mill on the Brue activity centre and then home!

A short update from Mr B:

Day 3 – SS Great Britain and M Shed

Bristol SS GB swabbing

Swabbing the deck on SS Great Britain!

We spent the day in Bristol with a visit to SS Great Britain. Here we took a 60 day voyage to Australia and then got inside the head of I K Brunel.

Bristol Slavery

Learning about slavery and some of the punishment implements used

In the afternoon we visited M Shed museum to find out about the slave trade and its impact on Bristol.

Day 4 – Cheddar Gorge and caves

Cheddar up Jacobs Ladder LR

Conquering Jacob’s Ladder at Cheddar Gorge

A day of overcoming fears and an exhibition of what can be achieved with support and encouragement from one another.

Cheddar climbing 2 LR

Climbing and belaying in Cheddar Gorge

Crawling through damp fissures in limestone or climbing sheer tock presented challenges to all.

In the evening we put on a Variety Show which was enjoyed by all.

Day 5 – Mill on the Brue activity centre

MotB challenge group

A group challenge at Mill on the Brue

Another baking day but we enjoyed a number of personal and team challenges, including a giant zip wire!

 MotB Water Slide 2 LR

Loving the water slide! Perfect weather for it

One of the favourite activities, however, was the massive water  slide – so refreshing!

We arrived back at school spot on the designated time of 6pm – exhausted and looking forward to seeing family and our own beds!

Over the week there were some amazing individual achievements and staff were particularly impressed on how well organised the pupils were arriving for rendezvous with correct gear and also for keeping their rooms tidy.

Staff thanks

Enormous thanks to all the staff, coping with the heat and keeping everyone hydrated. Special thanks to Mrs B for agreeing to drive the fourth bus as well as having to look after the myriad of health needs during the week.

Mr B

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Ballard School is an independent, private co-educational school in New Milton, Hampshire, providing an outstanding level of education for nursery to GCSE. With small class sizes and proven academic excellence, we strive to nurture the academic potential of all students. Learn more about our academic programmes, pastoral care, facilities and school ethos by visiting our website or by requesting a prospectus here

Year 7 Trip 2018 – Bude – Blog Six

July 6, 2018

Day Six on our Ballard Year 7 Bude Trip

For more from our Year 7 Bude trip, do see their Blog one, Blog two, Blog three, Blog four, and Day five.

We have had a brilliant week in Bude, and today has been no different.

 

The day’s activities

Enjoying Breakfast in Bude

Enjoying Breakfast in Bude

There was no morning run and swim this morning so the pupils were let off that one, but instead they have had to tidy and pack up their rooms and get ready for their morning activities. They have done a great job, some very clean rooms!

Morning plans

Going climbing at Bude

Going climbing at Bude

This morning the pupils have been surfing, kayaking, canoeing and mountain boarding, having a brilliant time on the different activities.

posing at Bude

Posing in Bude

We had a great time at the presentation evening last night, some amazing dance moves on show at the disco after the awards!

Breakfast in Bude

Breakfast in Bude

Laundry all ready for leaving

Laundry all ready for leaving

Leaving soon!

We are due to be leaving Bude at 2pm, and should be arriving back at Ballard at around 7pm.

All week the pupils have been brilliant, and as staff we are very proud of them!

 

Mr F

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Ballard School is an independent, private co-educational school in New Milton, Hampshire, providing an outstanding level of education for nursery to GCSE. With small class sizes and proven academic excellence, we strive to nurture the academic potential of all students. Learn more about our academic programmes, pastoral care, facilities and school ethos by visiting our website or by requesting a prospectus here.

Year 3-4 Trips Week 2018 – Paulton’s

July 6, 2018

Year 3-4 Trips week

Throughout the Ballard Trips week Years 3 and 4 are going on days out, exploring the local area.

For their first day our they had a whole day out in Longdown Farm, Ashurst and New Forest wildlife park. Read Blog one and Blog two.

Paulton’s Park

The big day arrived! PAULTONS PARK ALL DAY!!

The Year 3 and 4 pupils were very excited and when we arrived, we instantly went to the Science lab for our very interactive and exciting ‘Forces’ session with Paultons’ resident Science expert!

Paulton's Science

Paulton’s Science room

Pupils tested their rollercoaster simulations as well as learning about time principles of forces and how they relate to the mechanics of the rides and rollercoasters!

Paulton's science session

An interactive and exciting ‘Forces’ session with Paultons’ resident Science expert!

After this, we felt it was important to test the rollercoasters and so a group went to the biggest rides to feel the g-force and the rush!

Water park at Paulton's

Having a splashing time!

Others were spinning, some were happy with a slightly slower and calmer beginning.

Paulton's Park rides

Spinning around at Paulton’s

After lunch, some watched the 4D cinema film whilst others made their way to the fast and furious rides once again.

The latter part of the afternoon was spent getting soaked on the log ride and being swung on the giant spinner.

We finally had Peppa in sight as we went on the final ride before departing.

Everyone had a fantastic day!

Forest School

Year 4 pupils enjoyed their final Forest Schools session and learned a great deal from the extended morning. Pupils received a certificate for the term’s activity with a reminder of where they had most shown progress.

Lymington Crazy Golf

In the afternoon, Year 3 and 4 pupils went to the Lymington Golf Centre where the pupils enjoyed an 18 hole round of crazy golf. It was a fantastic afternoon with plenty of balls in the rough, water, hedges and on the paths!

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Ballard School is an independent, private co-educational school in New Milton, Hampshire, providing an outstanding level of education for nursery to GCSE. With small class sizes and proven academic excellence, we strive to nurture the academic potential of all students. Learn more about our academic programmes, pastoral care, facilities and school ethos by visiting our website or by requesting a prospectus here

Year 7 Trip 2018 – Bude – Blog Five

July 5, 2018

Day Five on our Ballard Year 7 Bude Trip

For more from our Year 7 Bude trip, do see their Blog one, Blog two, Blog three. and Blog four.

A brilliant final full day in Bude!

The day’s activities

The day again started early with a swim or a run in the sun. It was a beautiful morning in the sun and the run and swim was enjoyed by all pupils.

Happy birthday!

Today saw a birthday for one of the Ballard pupils, and we started the day off with balloons, birthday banners and cards and prezzies! Later in the day we enjoyed birthday cake and a very enthusiastic singing of ‘Happy Birthday’!

The pupils took part in bodyboarding, high ropes, climbing and abseiling and team trail, depending what group the pupils are in.

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As staff we were extremely proud of the Ballard pupils today, as a staff member from another school commented that our pupils are very polite, well mannered and helpful. All week the pupils have been brilliant and a credit to Ballard.

Tonight sees presentation night, where the pupils have a great celebration of their week and can potentially win some different awards. A tough choice for the instructors as all the Ballard pupils have been super all week!

The pupils are looking forward to seeing everyone back at home, but we still have two really fun activities to come tomorrow morning, before the journey home.

We will clarion call all parents what time we are due to be arriving at Ballard, traffic dependent. Stay tuned for one more blog tomorrow!

Mr F

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Ballard School is an independent, private co-educational school in New Milton, Hampshire, providing an outstanding level of education for nursery to GCSE. With small class sizes and proven academic excellence, we strive to nurture the academic potential of all students. Learn more about our academic programmes, pastoral care, facilities and school ethos by visiting our website or by requesting a prospectus here.

Year 3-4 Trips Week 2018 – Burley

July 5, 2018

Year 3-4 Trips week

Throughout the Ballard Trips week Years 3 and 4 are going on days out, exploring the local area.

For their first day our they had a whole day out in Longdown Farm, Ashurst and New Forest wildlife park. Read Blog one.

Hiking and Reptile hunting

hiking

Hiking and making silly faces!

Years 3 and 4 pupils enjoyed the great outdoors with a day of hiking, reptile hunting, and geocaching. Our outing began with a trip to Ornamental Drive where pupils walked the tall tree route. Many found walking sticks and some also witnessed their first sighting of a small grass snake.

Look what we found!

Look what we found!

Our next location was a stones throw away at the New Forest Reptile Centre. There we spied an adult adder and two infant adders. We were treated to expert information about birds in the New Forest as well as trying on dear antlers and looking at other New Forest based artefacts.

Geocaching

geocaching Y 3-4

Preparing our geo-caching presents

In the afternoon we enjoyed the delights of Burley and their exquisite ice creams. Our final stop was in the Holmsley Inclosure where we found two geocaching boxes and left our gifts for the next geocacher. It was a hot and humid day but all had a very enjoyable time.

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Ballard School is an independent, private co-educational school in New Milton, Hampshire, providing an outstanding level of education for nursery to GCSE. With small class sizes and proven academic excellence, we strive to nurture the academic potential of all students. Learn more about our academic programmes, pastoral care, facilities and school ethos by visiting our website or by requesting a prospectus here

Year 6 Trip 2018 – #BallardNormandie – Blog One

July 5, 2018

BallardNormandie – Blog one

On the ferry

 

 

It’s all about crème glacée (Ice-cream)

2018.07.02 Y6 UP Ballard Normandie ice-creams Day 1 LR crop

Trying out their French already – ordering ice-creams

Ballard Year 6 Normandie trip ice-creams

Asking for an ice-cream in French

Flower shop

Florist in Normandie

Florist in Normandie

We went on a town trail in Avranches to explore the town centre and put our French into practice: following directions and looking for clues, through small cobbled streets, squares, gardens and a ruined castle. It was a close race to the meeting point. Great team work and using our French.

Mont St-Michel

Strolling round the steps

Strolling round the steps in Michel

We also went for a stroll around the ramparts, learning about the angel Michel, his conversation with St Aubert, how the English sank in the bay and failed to capture the Mont, while Germans succeeded in WW2. Of course we had to do a bit of shopping in the real Diagon Alley!

Year 6 Normandie Mont-St Michel

Year 6 Normandie Mont-St Michel

Then into the bay itself, enjoying squishy clay between our toes and navigating patches of deeper sand in order to find the perfect spot for quick sand making.

Year 6 made such a good one that we all took turn pretending to sink and getting out of it!

Walk around Michel

Happy faces for our walk

Mont St-Michel

Happy smiles and waves in Michel

Tweets from the group:

“Still not enough Wi-Fi for photos but…Tonight’s options have been swimming, volleyball, football both playing and watching, and spending time with the animals. Today we walked for miles and are looking forward to bedtime”

We are sorry we have not been able to bring you more from our group in Normandie – perhaps more will come through today! Ed.

A final evening

This involved – French costume, a barbecue, swimming, football and preparations for dorm inspection and…Mr Marshall has arrived!

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Ballard School is an independent, private co-educational school in New Milton, Hampshire, providing an outstanding level of education for nursery to GCSE. With small class sizes and proven academic excellence, we strive to nurture the academic potential of all students. Learn more about our academic programmes, pastoral care, facilities and school ethos by visiting our website or by requesting a prospectus here

 

Year 7 Trip 2018 – Bude – Blog Four

July 5, 2018

Day Four on our Ballard Year 7 Bude Trip

For more from our Year 7 Bude trip, do see their Blog one, Blog two and Blog three.

Another brilliant day! The pupils have been throwing themselves into all activities, and have given everything their best efforts today.

The day’s activities

Group photo Bude

All smile for the camera!

Today saw the pupils taking part in caving, canoeing, mountain boarding and dragon boating.

Canoeing in Bude

Canoeing in Bude

Canoeing in Bude

Canoeing in Bude

The 7am swim or run was made by all the pupils, and even though tiredness is starting to set in, all either ran or took the plunge with a smile on their face! Mr H and myself made the swim, whereas Mrs T and Mrs G sustained mysterious muscle strains which meant they didn’t make it… tomorrow promises to be a fantastic day, with some super activities on offer and even though all the pupils are feeling tired, I know they will give it their best efforts.

Tomorrow evening is awards night, always a super occasion, and the pupils are really excited for this! Lots of pupils again overcame fears today and it’s been brilliant on the trip to see so many pupils throwing themselves into activities even though they are a bit scared about what they have to do.

I know the next two days are going to be as great as the rest of the week.

Stay tuned!

Mr F

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Ballard School is an independent, private co-educational school in New Milton, Hampshire, providing an outstanding level of education for nursery to GCSE. With small class sizes and proven academic excellence, we strive to nurture the academic potential of all students. Learn more about our academic programmes, pastoral care, facilities and school ethos by visiting our website or by requesting a prospectus here.

The best years of your life?

July 4, 2018

The best years of your life?

The word ‘old’ can carry a lot of baggage – as though it’s only good to be young and with your life in front of you. This week I have been struck by a couple of articles in the Press: one focussed on what some see as a trend towards people becoming more rude and self-centred in their social interactions. The ‘old’ can apparently be more at fault here than the ‘young’. The second article was to do with the ageing process and how, with the focus on dementia, ill-health and pressure on social services, few people look forward to ‘old age’. The Royal Society for Public Health, for example, has just published a report which lays bare the extent of the problem: many view old age as a period of decline and ordeal, with a third of the public perceiving loneliness as inevitable with declining years.

Growing ‘Old’ and growing grumpy?

With respect to the first concern – increasing rudeness – I can see no defence for this by anyone whatever their age. It may well be that as some retreat into more of a private world, perhaps through choice, mobility issues or even social exclusion that being rude becomes a defence mechanism or a sign of poor social skills. As with much in life, a positive response in the face of rudeness, even apparent aggression, can cause the perpetrator to stop short, think, and change the way they react. For example, I witness passive rudeness nearly every day when I walk into school: the dog walkers plugged into their ‘phones and the early risers rushing off to the train who won’t readily acknowledge me as I pass by. A cheery ‘good morning’ (but loud enough to penetrate the personal music system) usually works wonders and produces a startled but I hope appreciative, response and understanding that common courtesies are worth preserving.

Retiring from full-time work

I have now reached ‘a certain age’ (apparently) and am about to retire from full-time work. (My PA, jokingly of course, refers to my senior rail card as my ‘old man card’!) I do hope that I won’t become short-tempered, touchy or (even more) blinkered in my ‘old age’ – commonly held beliefs amongst some about senior citizens. I rather like the tradition in Japan whereby some men and women, of ‘a certain age’, who excel in the traditional arts and crafts, are designated as ‘living national treasures’. I am not sure that I have too many traditional pastimes to impart on the younger generation (unless croquet and fish keeping count) but I hope I can still share some ‘treasure’.

As 71 year old Janet Street-Porter (JSP) in the I newspaper (Saturday, 30 June) explains,

‘The biggest problem facing society is how to sell getting old in a positive way, especially to the young, who view it with unmitigated dread’.

It seems that all too often we talk about the elderly in terms of ‘less’ – less of everything that seemingly makes life enjoyable. ‘Less good health, less mobility, fewer friends, less money, less memory, less time left on earth’ (Street-Porter). The latter concern, of course, depends largely on your faith position! As for the other worries, I feel like JSP in this: the word ‘old’ carries far too much baggage in our national consciousness. As I near semi-retirement, I am looking for new opportunities and challenges, fresh insights and approaches. No doubt the pace of life will change for me, in keeping with my great age, but if health permits I’d like to think I could still be kept busy into my 80s, even my 90s, like my parents, doing something productive and helpful as I prepare ‘for the life to come’.

Feel free to remind me of this blog (politely, of course) as I enter the unchartered waters of ‘old age’ and encourage me to become a well-regarded ‘national treasure’ – or, at the very least, a local one!

Alastair Reid (Headmaster)

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Ballard School is an independent, private co-educational school in New Milton, Hampshire, providing an outstanding level of education for nursery to GCSE. With small class sizes and proven academic excellence, we strive to nurture the academic potential of all students. Learn more about our academic programmes, pastoral care, facilities and school ethos by visiting our website or by requesting a prospectus here.

Year 5 Trip 2018 – PGL Osmington Bay, Weymouth – Blog Two

July 4, 2018

Year 5 Trip 2018 – PGL Osmington Bay

For our first blog from PGL do see Blog one.

After an enjoyable night of fun and games, the children woke up bright and early ready to make the most of the day and, just as importantly, the full English breakfast that was on offer.

Today’s activities

Ballard PGL fencing

Preparing to fence – en-guard!

After breakfast, the children split in to two groups to complete the fencing and zip wire activities on offer. Even Mrs J couldn’t resist but have a go on the zip wire course!

Jacob’s Ladder and Aeroball

 

Ballard PGL Jacobs Ladder climbing

All having a go on Jacob’s Ladder

After lunch, the children had to climb ‘Jacobs Ladder’ before playing ‘Aeroball’ (a cross between basketball and trampolining!)

Some of the children returned to their rooms for a ‘midday nap’ before heading out for dinner and then story telling and sing songs around the large camp fire. We celebrated one of the pupils’ birthdays so we sang happy birthday before eating plenty of cake.

Ballard PGL climbing

Selfie shot from Jacob’s ladder

Celebrations from the England camp

The night ended with the children listening to the England- Columbia penalty shoot outs on the radio in their dormitories which then led to wild celebrations!!

We’ve had another fantastic day and the children have been a real credit to themselves and the school.

Roll on day three but first, sleep is needed for all (including Mrs L, Mrs J and Mr R!!)

 

Mr R

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Ballard School is an independent, private co-educational school in New Milton, Hampshire, providing an outstanding level of education for nursery to GCSE. With small class sizes and proven academic excellence, we strive to nurture the academic potential of all students. Learn more about our academic programmes, pastoral care, facilities and school ethos by visiting our website or by requesting a prospectus here.

Year 8 Trip 2018 – Bath – Blog Two

July 4, 2018

Year 8 Trip 2018 – Roman Baths, Jane Austen

The #BallardTripsWeek for Year 8 has a jam-packed itinerary:

Monday- Longleat

Tuesday- Bath- Roman Baths, Fashion Museum and Shakespeare’s Henry V

Wednesday- Bristol – workshop in the M Shed museum and SS Great Britain 

Thursday- Cheddar Gorge and caves

Friday- Mill on the Brue activity centre and then home!

A short update from Mr B:

Ballard trips in Bath today

All happy in Bath today

We had a hot Bath today – We went from Romans to Regency, learning some latin along the way.

Roman Baths

Roman Baths

Walking around the Roman Baths

We had a tour of the Roman Baths in Bath and also had a workshop to learn about the history of the baths, looking at artifacts and translating Latin inscriptions.

Ballard in Bath

A sunny day in Bath

Fashion Museum

A change from the schedule, we went to the Fashion Museum.

We had a chance to see fashion through the ages from 1700s until the present day.

The pupils were also able to try on some of the replica costumes as well!

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Shakespeare

In the evening we went to watch Henry V.

However… the ‘3 lions on the shirt’ team, going to extra time before the ‘enemy’ surrendered, kept us all on the edge of our seats until the ‘King’ won his prize.

We did not find out the football result until the end of the play..!

We also had a birthday amongst our group and shared a cake!

Happy birthday in Bath

Happy birthday in Bath

Tomorrow we are off to Bristol and the SS Great Britain and M Shed – moving on from Regency to Industrial Revolution.

Mr B

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Ballard School is an independent, private co-educational school in New Milton, Hampshire, providing an outstanding level of education for nursery to GCSE. With small class sizes and proven academic excellence, we strive to nurture the academic potential of all students. Learn more about our academic programmes, pastoral care, facilities and school ethos by visiting our website or by requesting a prospectus here

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