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Friday 1st March 1.20pm
After a wonderful and exciting time at Thornbridge, it’s finally time for Y4R to say goodbye.

Every one of us has pushed ourselves to the limit and achieved things we never thought possible before we came here. Resilience, determination and teamwork have been the words of the week and we’ve all done our very best to ensure that we go home proud of our achievements.
As we set off back through the magnificent scenery of the Peak District, we can reflect on our time here and come back to Ballifield with a renewed sense of purpose and most importantly, self belief. We can’t wait to share our stories with you all and give you a big hug (but we might need some sleep first!).
Friday 1st March 9.30am 
Our bedrooms have been cleared out and our bags are packed but we’re not quite ready for home yet. After breakfast, each group will complete their final activities before we have lunch together and spend some time reflecting on what we’ve achieved here at Thornbridge. It’s a day of mixed emotions because whilst we’re having so much fun, we’re all super excited to get home and see our families and tell them all about our fantastic stay here.
Thursday 28th February 9.00pm

The weather turned for the worse today but we didn’t let it dampen our spirits. We’ve shown great resilience in overcoming various problem solving tasks as well as battling through the rain along the Monsal Trail on our bikes to take in the spectacular views of the Peak District. We’ve learnt how to work as a team by building dens in the forest as well as showing great strength and determination on the indoor climbing walls.

We’re all showered and ready for bed for our final night here now. We’ll be up bright and early to strip our beds and clear out our rooms before finishing with the final activities of our stay.
Thursday 28th February 9.00am

To round off a busy first day we were all very brave in completing the nightline and we even had some time to do some star gazing too. We were all tucked up in bed for half past nine and had a good night’s sleep.

We’ve just had breakfast and are now getting ready for an action packed day of mountain biking, den building, firelighting and survival skills. Its a bit cooler today but the sun is trying it’s best to come out. Everyone has settled in well and is having lots of fun!
Wednesday 27th February 6.45pm
After a lovely journey through the Peak District, we finally arrived at Thornbridge Outdoors. So far today we have completed the Thornbridge challenge and tackled the low ropes in the sunshine. We’ve just had our tea and are busy putting the sheets on our beds. Later on, we’re getting wrapped up warm to go outside for the nightline activity, then it’s off to bed, ready for a busy day tomorrow.
Wednesday 27th February 2019
Unfortunately it’s time for Y4C to say goodbye to fabulous Thornbridge. We’ve had an amazing and life changing trip which has given us happy memories and new skills but it’s time to leave now. We’ve overcome obstacles, faced challenges, made new friends and laughed lots.
We’re coming back to beautiful Ballifield more resilient, more determined, more persistent and more independent. What an amazing trip!!
We’re back on the luxurious coach and are currently travelling through the scenic Peak District back to Ballifield. We should be back at school shortly ready to give our adults a cuddle and tell them all about how incredible our trip was. We’ve made our teachers proud and we’ve made ourselves proud. Thank you Thornbridge!
Wednesday 27th February 2019
With excited smiles on their faces, Y4C skipped to breakfast this morning and gobbled down toast, cereals and fruit.
Beds have already been stripped and bags already packed. Like all mornings at Thornbridge, this morning will be full of action! Group 1 will be making fires and learning survival skills, group 2 will be making dens and group 3 will be mountain biking.
Even though we don’t want to leave, we’re all looking forward to coming home and giving our parents a huge cuddle and telling them about our exciting experiences
Tuesday 26th February 2019
What an incredible day we’ve had! This afternoon, group 1 constructed their own dens, group 2 took part in fire lighting and group 3 had an afternoon increasing their mountain biking skills by using the ramps and trails around the Thornbridge site.
As the sun continued to shine brightly on this unusually warm February afternoon, the English and Indian football teams took part in the Thornbridge World Cup final. A game full of goals, skills and fun finished with an Indian victory. The game gave the players an appetite for their evening meal. Pasta and pizza was on the menu and every single plate was licked clean!
The evening was spent energetically climbing in the indoor bouldering room.  After that, it was time to spend money at the shop (everyone is very happy with their Thornbridge souvenirs) and then shower and change for bed.
We’re currently sat relaxing in the cosy and comfortable communal living room and enjoying a tasty hot chocolate. We’ll definitely all sleep tonight and our dreams will be full of the happy memories we’ve created today. What a fabulous day! Thornbridge just keeps getting better and better!
Tuesday 26th February 
What an incredible morning we’ve had! Group one had an energetic adventure along the Monsal Trail, group two made their own fires and group three had a morning of working together to solve problems and make their own dens.
For dinner we devoured some tasty and mouthwatering sandwiches. They were delicious!
The sun is still shining here in the beautiful Peak District. We can’t wait for more fun in the sun this afternoon
Tuesday 26th February 
With eagerness and enthusiasm, Y4C energetically leapt out of their beds this morning and made their way to the communal kitchen for breakfast. Fully rested from a peaceful night’s sleep and fuelled by a healthy and nutritious morning meal of cereal, toast and fruit Y4C are ready for a fun filled day.
Today’s activities include mountain biking, fire lighting, bouldering and den building. Let’s get started!!!!
Monday 25th February 2019
What a fantastic night filled with team bonding and overcoming fears. We wrapped up warm in our cosiest clothes and went for a night walk. We worked together by giving instructions and helping when people were scared. It was great to see such camaraderie and collaboration.
Eventually, it was time to go back to our comfortable and warm accommodation to get ready for bed. Mr Cassidy even treated everyone to a soothing and relaxing rendition of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star as they drifted off to a peaceful slumber. Night night. Zzzz

Monday 25th February 7.25pm

This afternoon we continued our team building by completing the Thornbridge Challenge. We had to show determination, resilience and perseverance to complete the complicated tasks especially the Wizard’s seesaw. Y4C did a great job of working together and earning all the stars.
When we arrived in our luxury accommodation, we made our own beds and helped organise our rooms. A short while later, we ate a nutritious and healthy dinner made by Ballifield’s talented head chef Mrs Hudson. It was delicious! We’re all looking forward to our night time rope walk now.