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The Village Academy is a group of town, city and village schools that have joined together to provide the very best education for the children in our care and where we believe that education is very much a matter of the individual.

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Finally some sunshine!

Last night's campfire saw some great singing and loads of fun had by all. Some of the children were happy to pose with their tribal face paint but others were a lot more shy!

This morning dawned bright a sunny. A perfect day for paddling katakanus down the River Avon (while I got to paddle a canoe with another teacher) This required extreme teamwork and communication amongst the children who worked with those from Petham and Selling to paddle and steer these double canoes joined like a catamaran. Great fun was had by all. No photos, I'm afraid as iPads and rivers do not mix!

Our afternoon activities were abseiling down a 14m tower. All of the children made the climb up the tower and most of them abseiled down. The children were really proud of their achievements and encouraged each other every step, jump and descent of the way.

Our late afternoon activity was buggy building. Fred Flintstone would be proud. They had great fun building and riding in these buggies and again showed amazing team work.

The disco is this evening. Our final day will see the children kayaking and stand-up paddle boarding on the lake before heading home around 12pm.

Our journey home will be a long one and we don't envisage arriving back to Selling before 5pm. You'll get a parent mail update of a more precise ETA once we're on the way home.

The children have really done themselves proud this week. They've had some amazing experiences but are all looking forward to sleeping in their own beds!

See you tomorrow

Mrs Mason and Team Jeffrey the Duck



Wednesday has been fun-filled and full on! Our morning consisted of kayaking on the River Avon, although we didn't go far, the children had a fantastic time, with only a few capsizing.

In the afternoon we joined children from Petham and Selling for raft building. The children worked well as a team to build and paddle barrel rafts. The activity was definitely a splash!

Tonight we'll be singing around a campfire before heading back to the river for katakanuing in the morning and buggy building and abseiling in the afternoon.

More tomorrow.

Mrs Mason and Team Jeffrey the Duck


The day was off to a soggy start but it didn't dampen the spirits of the children. It was an activity packed day: a fun team challenge followed by rocket launching, mini olympics, archery and a surprise extra session of climbing.  Tonight's activity is an egg protection challenge with the children attempting to keep "Windmill" the egg safe from a scrambling!

Tomorrow will see us taking part in our first water based activities. We're starting with a morning of river kayaking followed by team raft building in the afternoon. The day is forecast to be warmer and drier than today.

The children are doing us all proud with their behaviour, manners, team work and even their room tidiness.

Mrs Mason and the team that’s called itself “Jeffrey the Duck”!


We have arrived!  The journey went smoothly but took longer than expected. Tonight the children will be taking part in a run around quiz after dinner.