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Bushmills 2017

Visit this page from 3 - 7 April 2017 for news, photos and updates on our Primary 7 residential trip to Bushmills.

Thursday 6 April


It was an early start today as we packed our bags getting ready to go home. We have had mixed emotions - the sadness of leaving and the excitement of seeing our families again. Our last activity in Bushmills was an obstacle course which tested our ability to work as a team, listen and problem solve whilst having lots of fun! Ballintoy Harbour was the perfect setting and end to an amazing time. We have reflected on all we have learned and achieved and have had a wonderful trip.

Wednesday 5 April


Today was another action-packed adventure for everyone. Mr Bridges and Miss Stewart's group slid and climbed through the jungle at Fair Head and then enjoyed the high life on the high ropes course in the afternoon. Everyone did so well and really pushed themselves to climb as high as they could.


Mrs McWilliams and Miss Andrews' group also did the high ropes course and then explored the beach at White Park Bay. They found lots of fossils, explored caves and toasted marshmallows.


This evening everyone enjoyed a relaxing evening watching a DVD and eating some snacks. We are all having a great time and looking forward to seeing you all tomorrow.


Tuesday 4 April


Today was an action packed day full of exciting activities! In the morning one group enjoyed a beach walk hunting for fossils and lighting fires to toast marshmallows, whilst the other group became explorers tackling an Irish jungle at Fair Head. Both groups took a trip back in time learning about the history of Dunluce Castle and tried some hunting skills using a bow and arrow. In the evening we burned off whatever energy we had left at Wacky Workshop! What fun!

Monday 3 April


We arrived at the centre in Bushmills and were met by our instructor John. He showed us around and gave us all our kit for the week. We had to make our own bed which was a novelty for some of us!! The teachers were particularly glad to have a hot lunch before we headed out for our canoe trip down the River Bann. Thankfully we all managed to stay afloat but not everyone remained dry as you will see in our photos! We saw lots of wildlife including herons, cormorants and even a seal which was very exciting. It was lots of fun building the rafts and we all pitched in.


This evening our day got even better when we discovered it was chips for tea! Miss Stewart was very greedy and had more than everyone else! After dinner we went for a lovely walk to Portballintrae along the old railway line. Some of us thought we were never going to make it home again! A big thank you to Brooke and her parents for the yummy cake which we had at supper time after we sang Happy Birthday to her. We are now tucked up in bed and very much looking forward to the activities tomorrow. Have a look at the slideshow  below to see what we got up to.

Monday 3 April - Portballintrae