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Year 7 Trip 2017 – Bude – Blog 5

July 6, 2017
Ballard Bude Body boarding

Year 7 Trip 2017 – Bude – Blog 5

Missed the last blogs from Bude? Read blog one, blog two blog three  and blog four.

An update from Mr S:

10.20pm – Sorry parents I’m getting later by the day!😳

Epic day today.

The whole team went body boarding this morning followed by team building this afternoon.

Ballard Bude Body boarding

Preparing for the body boarding

Ballard Bude Body boarding

Instruction time!

This evening was the premium event of the week – awards night!

Talent competition results

Last night saw Molly WIN the talent competition, with Maisey in second and Amelia and Neysa in third place. Given there are 350 students on site and we’ve brought less than 40 that’s an impressive clean sweep!

Also, could I belatedly announce second place in the fancy dress was also won by a Ballardian – well done Barnaby, aka Willy Wonka.

Pictures galore to make up for the late night blog. 😁

Mr S

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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 2017 – Cardiff – Blog 4

July 6, 2017

Year 8 Trip 2017 – Cardiff

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

Monday- Warwick Castle and Stratford theatre – see blog one

Tuesday- Stratford- Shakespeare’s birthplace and theatre workshop – see blog two

Wednesday- Wyedean activity centre – see blog three

Thursday- The Big Pit and historical village

Friday- Longleat and then home!

Today was another good day in glorious sunshine.

We visited the Museum of Welsh life.

Ballard Museum of Welsh Life

We had a brilliant time exploring the Museum of Welsh Life

We then headed into ‘The Big pit’

Ballard The Big Pit

Heading into The Big Pit

Loving Ballard Life!

Ballard Museum of Welsh Life

Loving Ballard Life!

This evening it was over to the students for ‘Year 8s Got Talent’

Ballard Year 8s Got Talent

We finished the evening off with a talent contest

8.50pm: There will be some more photos to follow

Tomorrow we are off to Longleat, and then we make the trip back to New Milton #BallardTripsWeek

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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 2017 – #BallardNormandie – Blog 4

July 6, 2017

BallardNormandie – Blog four

Missed our other BallardNormandie blogs for 2017? See blog one hereblog two and blog three.

The plan for our Ballard Year 6 Trip to Normandy, France today is as follows:

AM: Leave for Ste Mère Église
PM: Travel to Cherbourg

We start with a photo from yesterday evening.

Some of the children wanted to have a photo of the sunset – and Mont St Michel in the background – can you spot it there?

Ballard Normandie Mont St Michel

A beautiful sunset, posing in PJs and with Mont St Michel in the background!

This morning  was…a slow start for all!

We decided to make a detour by Pointe du Hoc (a WW2 site) because the weather is glorious!

Ballard Normandie D-Day landings

At the Pointe du Hoc – An american Ranger Monument. Learning about the D-Day landings

La Pointe du Hoc was made famous in the movie “The longest day”. We went here to learn more about the D-Day landings and make the most of the clear visibility.

Ballard Normandie WW2 site

Barbed wire, bomb craters and bunkers in this WW2 site

We also visited the church in Sainte -Mère. We learnt about John Steele, the American paratrooper who got caught on the church tower in Sainte -Mère Église, the first town liberated by the Allied Forces on 6th June 1944.

He hung there for 2 hours pretending to be dead before being taken prisoner.

Ballard Normandie church

The church tower in Sainte -Mère Église,

We then went to St Mère Église for a picnic and…ice-cream!

 

A final photo from the team!

Ballard Normandie end of week

An extraordinary trip and fabulous children, cheers!

8.30pm – Currently in Sway, home soon!

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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 2017 – Wyedean – Blog 3

July 5, 2017
Ballard Wyedean activity centre

Year 8 Trip 2017 – Stratford

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

Monday- Warwick Castle and Stratford theatre – see blog one

Tuesday- Stratford- Shakespeare’s birthplace and theatre workshop – see blog two

Wednesday- Wyedean activity centre

Thursday- The Big Pit and historical village

Friday- Longleat and then home!

Today we were at Wyedean activity centre.

We were divided into different groups and had the chance to do high ropes, caving and archery.

Ballard Wyedean High Ropes

Preparing to go on the High Ropes course

Some also had a chance to go caving. We managed a few photos before they went underground.

Ballard Wyedean Caving

Getting ready for their caving activity

That’s all for tonight!

We tweet from @BallardSchool

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 2017 – Bude – Blog 4

July 5, 2017
Ballard Bude Fancy dress

Year 7 Trip 2017 – Bude – Blog 4

Missed the last blogs from Bude? Read blog one, blog two and blog three.

An update from Mr S:

Evening all.

Today they’ve been caving and mountain biking. Many fears conquered in the dungeons of the Adventure International hotel.

Some new course records set on the north shore mountain bike course.

Tonight’s talent competition has been overrun with Ballard pupils so fingers crossed for another trophy to go in the cabinet with Isobel and Katie’s fancy dress victory last night. 💶

We tweet from @BallardSchool

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 2017 – PGL Osmington Bay, Weymouth – Blog 3

July 5, 2017
Ballard PGL

Year 5 Trip 2017 – PGL Osmington Bay- Blog 3

Did you miss our other blogs from PGL, Osmington Bay? Catch up by reading Blog one  and Blog two.

We had a great time last night.

We had a late night sleeping bag roll over!

The whole day was summarised by Mr W:

What a day! The group enjoyed everything they did and are still loving the warm evening in their sleeping bags!

Ballard PGL nighttime

Last night we had a late night sleeping bag roll over

This morning saw the last rotation for our groups, meaning all the groups will have completed the same activities.

Ballard PGL Areoball

Some of us loved the Aeroball activity!

Others took to the giant swing for their last rotation.

We have had so much fun!

Ballard PGL

Hands up who’s having fun?!

The last session was a sports session for all of us together. Then we made the journey home to Ballard.

Mrs L summaries the trip:

A fantastic trip. The children did us all proud. They were great company, loved all the activities and were a terrific team, supporting each other with everything. We had many positive comments from PGL staff about their super behaviour and excellent listening skills. The staff also had a great time as well and were really proud of “Team Ballard”.

We tweet from @BallardSchool

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 2017 – #BallardNormandie – Blog 3

July 5, 2017
Ballard Normandie Mont St Michel

BallardNormandie – Blog three

Missed our other BallardNormandie blogs for 2017? See blog one here and blog two.

The plan for our Ballard Year 6 Trip to Normandy, France today is as follows:

AM: Discover of the town of Avranches

PM: Walk around the Bay of Mont St Michel (see our video from this last year on Facebook)

The day started with breakfast…and the menu choices might have (for some) restricted somewhat!

Getting on the bus this morning some of our Year 6s asked “Please can we have a photo with the bus? Because…everyone wants to see the bus!”

and so we obliged!

Ballard Normandie bus

and here is the bus!

We have some photos from last night to share as well – from our French themed evening.

Ballard Normandie French themed evening

A fantastic evening!

and the winners of the French dress competition are…

Ballard Normandie French costumes

Well done to all our French costume winners!

This morning and we headed to Avranches for a town trail. Groups had to follow clues and some of the groups were helped (in French of course!) by kind passers by. We even had some time to tame the ‘wildlife’!

Ballard Normandie town trail

Well done to all in the town trail and thank you to all those who helped our group around town.

and the winners of the town trail are…

Ballard Normandie Avranches town trail

Congratulations to the winners of the town trail.

Then what followed was a quick stop-over at a local supermarket. The pupils were under strict instructions!

Ballard Normandie supermarket

and we said no sweets, no chocolate and no chamagnge!

Mont St Michel

We took some time for lunch and then had a safety briefing before taking to the sands around Mont St Michel.

 

 

See the tweet below for a short video of our walk through a small river on the sands around Mont St Michel.

We managed to get a group shot under the shadow of Mont St Michel.

Ballard Normandie Mont St Michel

Wonderful shot of the group in front of Mont St Michel

Visiting Diagon Alley.

Ballard Normandie Diagon Alley

Visiting the Diagon Alley

We also have winners of the Mont St Michel’s Quiz 2017!

Ballard Normandie Mont St Michel winners

Well done to the two winners of the Mont St Michel quiz

BBQ tonight

Ballard Normandie BBQ

An evening BBQ at our lodgings

Tomorrow in Normandie

and so… for tomorrow’s plan:

AM: Leave for Ste Mère Église
PM: Travel to Cherbourg

We tweet from @BallardSchool

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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