After clearing our dorms and enjoying a croissant for breakfast, we were taught how to read and orientate a map. We then used these skills on a short orienteering course around the campus and beach. We also included a beach clean challenge as part of the race. After practising these skills we were then set loose around the grounds of Culzean on a larger orienteering course. It was great fun. After our final lunch it was prize-giving and then we headed home. We have all had a fantastic week and we look forward to sharing our learning with our parents during an assembly very soon. We would like to thank all the Dolphin House staff for all their help and support. What great memories!
We all had great fun at the disco – it was non-stop dancing all night. The highlight of the evening was the dance-off between the boys and the girls. The boys showed us their best moves to ‘Beep, Beep I’m a Sheep’ whilst the girls favoured ‘The Shark Song’. These two songs have provided most of the soundtrack to this year’s residential experience. Mr Hardy appears to twitch slightly when he hears either of these songs now!
Today was not for the feint-hearted. We split into two groups one group explored the caves below Culzean Castle – luckily there was no sign of Sawney Bean – or Soggy Bean as he is now known! Meanwhile the 2nd group abseiled down into one of the smuggler’s caves. Some of us challenged ourselves to try this blindfolded. After lunch we were inspired by the volcanic activity along the Ayrshire coast thousands of years ago and we made our own volcanoes – unfortunately some people were just a bit too near the explosions! We then swapped over activities. We are now looking forward to the disco tonight.
After an early morning session of yoga on the beach we split into two groups to explore and navigate a big long ditch and the coast line – we even set ourselves the challenge of trying to stand on the wreck. We found out a lot about the coast line including the creatures that live in the rock pools and how we can help to protect and preserve our environments. This is part of our work towards the John Muir Award.
We arrived in a blaze of sunshine and after introductions to Neil, Marlene and Neville, the task of making our beds was upon us. Eventually all our beds were made – although this took some dorms longer than others! After lunch we took part in team-building games before exploring the grounds of Culzean.