Sunday, 15 July 2012 00:00
We ended our trip to Malaga with a final mini golf competition thinking about the Olympic values with participation being the main theme. The students played on through 40 degree heat and managed to complete most of the course. Also Mr Humberstone and Mr Hopper challenged any team to a handball competition. We had a final dip in the pool before our journey to the airport.
The closing ceremony was held in the garden area with a beautiful backdrop. England were the overall champions with a 100 point lead on all of the other teams. Well done England.
The journey to the airport went very well, until we found out about the 3 hour delay. Parents were informed of the new unearthly pick up tyime of 3.3oam. All students behaved impecably throughout this long wait and we finally boarded shortly after 11pm.
The staff are very proud of every participant with particular mention to the 6th form leadedrs who did a wonderful job througout the week. More photos and video footage will be available to the students in September.
Breakfast done, packing ongoing! Lost property pile building. It's our last day of fun in the sun, though we hear there is a heatwave heading GB way ready for the Olympics.
Today we plan to have a crazy golf tournament, the teams scores are so close that any team could win by the end of the final competitions. England are currently leading, however there were some stunning performances last night during the Johnston's got talent event, the winners being Mexico who wowed us with a montage of Olympic sports in slow motion, very funny & all caught on video camera.
We are leaving at 5pm, hope to arrive Durham 1am, we will keep in touch with travel updates and give a final time of arrival from Leeds Bradford Airport.
By the way it's 37 degrees out there today!
The water park was amazing, video footage evidence of Mr Humberstone beating anyone who would challenge him to a race down the Kamikazi slide does exist. However we are having problems downloading videos to this blog! Fun was had by all. The evening activity was a games night on the beach, with beautiful sunset over Gibralter rock as a backdrop. Games included; chopstick challenge, playdough sculptures, flexibility competition, eating jelly snakes & gargling songs. The overall winners from last night were Team Spain.
Today featured half of each team playing tennis & the other half playing handball in the morning, followed by a rest, then lunch, then a dip in the pool with a switch over for the afternoon, more handball & tennis between 3pm & 5pm. Cool down time in the pool was deserved & most required as it was incredibly hot. The children played so well, tried very hard and were massively competitive as there is still everything to play for to win the Olympic Challenge. It is fantastic to see their gamesmanship at every activity. The Olympic values of, Respect, Excellence, Friendship, Courage, Determination, Equality & Inspiration are evident at every level of competitipn. The PE department are very proud.
DJ's got talent to come tonight. Blog updates will follow soon and hopefully some photographs.
Just had breakfast and now off to the shopping centre, parents & pupils can look forward to photos coming soon. They have been sent to school so they should appear shortly. Everyone is having a fantastic time and we will update the events of today once the day trip to Fuengirola returns at 6pm. Weather update, 8 am 25 degrees!!!! :)
Photos now available (see below)
Slightly cloudy and humid start for our football competition. 20 games played resulting in Italy being crowned the champions. Man of the match Jacob Wathall and goal of the tournament Eleanor Norton with superb positioning and goal scoring ability.Pool time fun followed by a spectacular lunch. Afternoon activities comprised of pool competitions; including the best mushroom, the best star fish and the best handstand. The afternoon sports programme finished with a Danish Longball competition with England being undefeated.
Evening entertainment was an Olympic quiz including a picture round. Everyone decided an early night was needed before our day trip tomorrow to the waterpark.
BTW it's really hot here!!
First day, travel without a hitch! Arrived early enough to have a very relaxing lunch. Temperature a cool 28 degrees! Managed to fit an hour in the pool before the first tournament Beach Volleyball. 21 games were played, each team played each other including a staff team and a 6th form team. The staff team remain unbeaten, however the tournament winners were Spain who beat all the other countries. Obvioulsy after such hard work, more pool time was required.
Evening activities after a late dinner, skimming competition on the beach with Mr Humberstone & Mr Hopper, followed by a getting to know you friendship quiz. The winning teams who now know each other inside out were Italy & France.
The Olympic Sports Tour overall points so far are;
England 87.5, Mexico 67.5, Spain 113, Italy 72 & France 72.
Blog will appear here daily during the Malaga trip this year - 2 days to go! Meet Durham Johnston Car Park 0400 Sunday 14th July.