Adventures in the Rain

After a lovely French breakfast of croissants, we started our day with some warm-up games in the activity hall.

Then it was time to start our adventure activities. Our group split into 5. Unfortunately, due to the weather, not all of our activities could go ahead but we had so much fun sum wrestling, climbing the high rooms, getting out of the escape room and hitting bullseyes in archery! We learned lots of French vocabulary along the way too!

After a lovely lunch of croquet monsieur, we has our Language Quest. We rotated around different communication and problem solving challenges to win coins. We were great at solving puzzles.

Then it was time for film-making. Each group was given a range of costumes to inspire a story. We came up with our ideas and wrote our scripts in French and then got dressed in our amazing costumes to act them out. They are hilarious!

After our lovely cassoulet for dinner, followed by tarte aux pommes or tarte au citron, we had our MasterChef evening which began with an international taste test.

We even had the chance to try snails!

We then created dishes to present to our judges, the teachers! We had to invent two dishes and present them in French. Everyone worked very hard and the dishes were delicious… maybe except the melon, chocolate, kiwi and salt and vinegar crisp combination!

We are sad to be leaving this morning after a lovely two nights on our French camp but we look forward to seeing everyone at home tonight! À bientôt!

Arrival at last for the Nicolson Institute

After the bad weather cancellation two weeks ago, 40 S2 pupils from the Nicolson Institute finally arrived at Lapwing Lodge after a long journey from Stornoway.

Once we headed to our rooms, unpacked and made our beds, we met for some hot chocolate and started our egg-streme challenge.

We split into 5 teams, created amazing French team names and began our rounds. With a geography round, a mentor round, lots of mini challenges and a music and language round, we had lots of fun.

We made balloon animals, swung tights on our heads and even wiggled Jaffa cakes from our foreheads to our mouths.

We are now in our rooms getting ready for bed and have a very busy day in store for tomorrow! Nous l’attendons avec impatience.

Language Adventures with Mearns Castle

This morning, Mearns Castle’s S1s arrived at Lapwing Lodge for their French camp. We started the day with some games to help the mentors learn our names and get to know one another better. There were games involving ninjas and even blind samurais!

We then split into teams to head out on our Language Quest. We had to complete a whole range of logic, physical and language challenges and win coins for our teams. We worked amazingly well together and impressed our mentors with how much language remembered!

After baguettes for lunch, we had our podcast project. We chose celebrities, dressed up and recorded our interviews in French.

Then it was time for our adventure activities. We had chosen either archery or high ropes and we had a great time. We also had a survival workshop, learning to make fire and toasting marshmallows, of course!

For dinner, we had coq au vin or ratatouille and chocolate éclairs for dessert. Then it was our Master Chef evening. We started with a blind taste test, trying everything from Brussels pâté to madeleines.

Then it was time to cook! Each group received a tray of ingredients and had to create and present two courses to the judges. The finished dishes looked amazing! We also got the chance to try snails. We were really impressed that so many people gave them a go!

The winners received the limited edition MasterChef golden wooden spoons.

Now we are all in bed and looking forward to another busy day tomorrow!

Projects, Adventures and a Party

We started our morning today with some delicious waffles for breakfast and then did a yoga morning warm-up with Kara.

Then we headed to our morning project classes. We each did a different project from yesterday and there was lots of celebrity, superhero and baking action.

Then it was lunch time! Today, we had pizza for lunch and we loved it!

After a little free-time, we headed to our afternoon adventure activities. We climbed to the top of the high ropes gladiator challenge, rode the trail biking track and hit bull’s eyes in archery.

Tonight, we had a BBQ for dinner outdoors with burgers, halloumi cheese, chips and ice lollies. We were so happy the rain stayed off!

Then it was time to get ready for the party! We had lots of songs, lots of dancing, some limbo and even a photobooth!

We are all very excited tonight but we are looking forward to our final day tomorrow and to seeing all our wonderful parents and carers tomorrow afternoon.