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Dalguise 2020

Thursday 12 March

… and the Dalguise 2020 Group Portrait:

I’ll try to get everybody a copy of this one.

The day’s activities carried on regardless of the snow, rain, sun and more rain. The evening Disco is in progress right now and most of us are already packed up except for the evening’s essentials. Although everyone has really enjoyed themselves, they will all be glad to get back to see their famiies tomorrow. Here is a selection of photos from today’s sessions:

Need I say more? Everyone slept well and are now up and about and looking forward to a later than normal breakfast. Today’s activities are Vertical Challenge, Sensory Trail, Zip Wire and Orienteering, so enough to keep us all busy. Photos may be a bit shaky as we shiver in the cold, but we’ll post them later. Your messages are going down well. I can’t wait to read the one out about the weather looking like it’s getting better …

Wednesday 11 March

The sessions today were cold and wet, as usual, I hear you say. However, we soldiered on and had great fun throughout the day. We have also discovered some other West Lothian schools are here too (Longridge, Woodmuir and Greenrigg Primaries are here as a group). Thank you for all your messages – the children love them. Here are some of the things we got up to today – you’ll all need to get the Persil* out for us coming home once you’ve seen these (* other brands are available!):

It’s stopped raining (temporarily)

Everyone had a peaceful night and some were decidedly more difficult to revive for our early breakfast this morning (7.30). It’s raining heavily again this morning, so looks like we’ll be getting wet when we’re Climbing, Surviving, Challenge Coursing and Problem Solving. Pictures and more news throughout the day.

Tuesday 10 March

The afternoon activities were carried out in a mixture of sunshine and rain, but as you will see from the pictures, our enthusiasm wasn’t dampened. The children, Mrs Jamieson and Mrs Spence are out at the moment playing Ambush (in the rain, of course) while I grapple witht the problems of posting to the Blog with minimal Internet access. If you’re reading this, I’ve succeeded. Lots more messages have come in today. The children love hearing from you, so keep it up. One thing is for sure, there will be much tiredness tonight – or else!  Keep checking back for updates.

Almost everyone had a good night’s sleep and woke refreshed and ready for action. The one room who didn’t settle too well will probably suffer for that later and will know better tonight. Breakfast was very good with everyone tanking up for the day ahead. Weather has been heavy rain so far this morning, but the sun is out and it’s supposed to be drier later. Today, we have already had Aeroball and Giant Swing with Fencing, Archery and Tree Climb still to come (remember that giant tree from the information evening? Well, it’s that one. Everyone is very wet, but still very ‘up for it’. We have had Internet and wi-fi issues as well as problems with the new upload limit for the blog which is preventing us from posting as many pictures as we would like, but we’re working on it. More later.




A very cold and wet start to our Dalguise experience, but we all struggled on through the rain to have a great time with Abseiling, Archery and Fencing. We have all had two great meals now and, while I am fighting with the wifi to get this uploaded, the children are engaged in Passport to the World. An exciting day in prospect tomorrow when we tackle the Giant Swing, Aero Ball and Vertical Challenge, as well as having Ambush as our evening activity. Thank you for all your comments – these will be read  out at Breakfast and Hot Chocolate Time each day. Keep them coming.


Group photos

After a nice Pizza lunch, it’s free time before our first activities, abseiling and fencing for one group and abseiling and archery for the other.

We have all arrived safely on site. The children have been shown their accommodation and are now making their beds. Good luck with that!

More later.

The adventure begins:

More when we arrive.

Lockerbie Manor: Wednesday

P5 have arrived safely at Lockerbie Manor! After being shown to our rooms and having a quick tour we got started straight away with our activities – Group 1 began with orienteering, group 2 were busy with mountain biking whilst group 3 had lots of fun rock climbing. We then had a delicious dinner and afterwords each group took part in another activity which included rock climbing, an obstacle course and abseiling!

All children are happy and are currently tucked up in their beds. Hopefully we will all have good night’s sleep so we are ready for another action packed day tomorrow! 

“Good dinner! I had chicken tikka masala” – Rory

“Orienteering was very fun!” – Sophie

“It was fun rock climbing!” – Erin Black

“Mountain biking was fun” – Joshua

“I liked riding the bike and I went very fast on it!” – Ayden

“It was fun getting back on a bike because I haven’t been on one in a while” – Brody

“The orienteering was tricky but great fun” – James Laing

“When I went orienteering it was fun and I got very dirty!” – Isla Barrie

“I had fun doing orienteering with my team”– Brooke

“Mountain biking was fun but it was really, really tricky!” – Tegan


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