R10 Millennium Trip
This year’s Millennium trip was once again a great success and the weather was kinder to us than last year. The pupils enjoyed an array of activities beginning with a tour of the Millennium Stadium. The children were quite awe -struck as they sat in the Royal Box and watched James Hook practising his kicking. Millie said that she used up most of her photos at our first location. Theo could not believe that it cost £20,000 a season to rent one of the boxes. All the pupils were able to celebrate victory at the stadium by lifting a trophy and having their photos taken.
Soon after we arrived at the Bay, having dropped off our bags, we went for a picnic lunch before learning a little about the history of the Bay and how it had changed since the decline of the coal industry. A tour of the Senedd followed and the children discussed the function of the building in Wales and how it was actually constructed. The children were given tokens to put into different boxes to summarise their view of the tour – the choices were very good, satisfactory or poor. Ella E. said that she had put hers in the ‘very good’ box as it was great.
After an enjoyable meal at the Urdd Centre and a little running around to check where friends were sleeping it was time for the talent show. There were singers, comedians, and magicians. There was lots of clapping, cheering and laughing but it was finally time for bed – or so the staff hoped!! R10 did seem to have lots of energy late at night but finally all was quiet.
Friday was another packed day, starting with a boat trip around the Bay. The captain’s talk was full of strange facts and Maddy particularly enjoyed his story about why pirates wear eye patches. Ben was a little worried when the fog lights had to be turned on but all was well and the captain’s dog was a big hit with all of the children.
Once on land there was time for some pirate games organised by Mrs Firth and then it was time to go bowling. Sohini was very pleased that the girls scored more than the boys. Next it was back to the Millennium Centre for a back stage tour. The children particularly enjoyed seeing the dressing rooms and some of the costumes. The stage was set up for Wicked and the children were very impressed with the number of props and how they could be moved around.
Finally it was time to return to the Urdd to collect our bags and return to school. Everyone was tired but we all had a great time. These are some of their comments as they got off the coach. ‘Awesome! Enjoyable! Great! So much fun! Amazing! Unforgettable!’
31 March 2014
Junior School News