St John's CE (VC) Primary School

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2022 Residential

This year, our Outdoor Education Week will consist of a fun-packed 5 days.

We have a 3 day residential at Standon Bowers Outdoor Education Centre Monday 6th - Wednesday 8th June.

On Thursday 9th June we have a forest school day.

On Friday 10th June we travel to Stanley Head for a watersports day.


We cannot wait for the exciting opportunities this will bring. 


Once the school receive documents detailing the specifics of dorms and activities for each day, we will send these out via email and will upload them below.

Please find below information about the Summer 2021 residential. Here you can get an idea of the wonderful time the children will have with us this year. 

Our amazing last morning

We are super tired now and can't wait for our parents to empty our wet, smelly clothes from our suitcases. We managed to have some great fun making fires and building shelters. 


We've had another amazing day together as a class today. We've built rafts before lunch. Then spent the first half of the afternoon canoeing. Only 2 boats fell in: the boys who were splashing everyone too excitedly (serves them right hehe) and Miss Woods boat because she was being too competitive and tipped us all in. Then we went out on the raft we had built. We all got wet and were able to jump in. To top it all off some of us jumped off the bridge into the lake!

The adventures didn't stop there because after dinner we had a water fight. We then got all dry and warm and had our snacks and some delicious giant marshmallows, courtesy of Freddies mum, around the campfire.

Its been amazing

Campfire and group photo

Water fight!

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The boys have visited the Stanley Head hair salon


Today has been our most challenging day yet. Lots of the children have had to overcome their fears and all round everyone has had to push themselves.

We've been climbing rocks over the roaches and squirming through tight gaps and tunnels. We have also been down a mine which was completely dark and very wet and muddy in places. It was great fun. Tonight we will be doing orienteering before our bedtime hot chocolate.

Yet again, we've loved the food.

Group 1 caving and mining

Mondays photos are now fully updated so you can take a look...

Tuesday: we had a lovely breakfast of oatcakes or toast and cereal.

We've then been extremely courageous on the 5m high high ropes and the 10m power fan.

We also learned a new skill in rifle shooting! 

Day 1 - Monday 24th

Weve had a wonderful first day despite the odd shower this afternoon.

This morning, we arrived at 9.45 and spent our time in the classroom getting to know the rules, we had a tour of site and had chance to unpack before our packed lunch.

When Miss Wood said we had lots to eat she meant it : sandwich, fruit, biscuits and freddo. Dinner was delicious and the portion sizes very big, we are stuffed. We ate it all up though since we've been out and active.


You'll see the pictures below of the afternoon activities : archery and axe throwing. Tonight's pictures of the blindfold trail will follow later too.


If you check back here tomorrow morning, you'll see a comment about how our first night away has been. We are being well looked after and are all very happy. 


What are the trip dates?

Monday 24th May - Friday 28th May 2021

What happens on the day?

Children will need to arrive at school from 8.30 with their suitcases. We will register at 8.45 so that we can leave on the coach before 9am. 

The journey will take 30-40 minutes.

Children will have time to settle in at the centre in the morning and activities will commence after lunch.

What happens on return?

On Friday, children will have activities in the morning and lunch at the centre. We then have a debrief session and the children will return to school ready for hometime at 2.50

Which staff will be attending the residential?

Miss Wood and Mrs Shaw will be staying with the children for the week. 


Where do children sleep?

St Johns girls will be housed in 1 building with either Miss Wood or Mrs Shaw sleeping in an adjoining room.

Boys will be sleeping in another building, again with an adult nearby.



Children will have meals provided throughout the visit including lunches on arrival and departure days (Monday and Friday).

The centre recognises the children will burn more calories than usual on a residential visit since they are so active and meals reflect this (we never go hungry). 

Breakfasts will consist of fruit, cereals and a hot choice e.g. beans on toast. 

Children will be provided with packed lunches - a range of sandwiches, fruit, crisps and a biscuit. 

Children have a choice of meals and salad bar at dinnertime which also includes a dessert.


What about Covid-19?

School and site staff will be accessing lateral flow tests. There is now only 1 other school on site who will be housed in a different building. Schools will not share toilets or showers with other school groups. Please see the Stanley Head Covid-19 risk assessment below.

What if you need to contact me or my child is ill?

We will take a full contact list with us to the centre and will contact you in the same way as we would in school if your child is feeling unwell. 

The staff at the centre are all first aid trained and we take a school set of medicines for use in an emergency (calpol, piriton etc.)

Other than that, there will be some contact via the school messaging service and the school website so you know the children are there safe and enjoying the activities. This is only updated when Miss Wood has a free 5 minutes (usually late in the evening) but we will try our best! Try to enjoy the time your child is away and we promise to look after them.