Thursday, 30 July 2009

Rain rain rain

Went to France for a week with the family and had an amazing week - pics on FB if you are linked to me there.

We had great weather - two downpours in the week we were there, we were in the house for one so fine, and the other we just bought brollies and carried on! But apart from those 2 downpours of about 30 mins each, it was lovely, high 20s, low 30s all week.

I've been living in denial since we got back - still wearing my cut off trousers and sandals, but today, after sneezing approximately 25 times in the space of 10 minutes I have to accept it's cold, wet and I need to just put on my jeans and a fleece and accept my summer is over.

Wednesday, 15 July 2009

Can relax for the summer

Because the autumn term is planned, invites have gone out to the four newbies for September, and now there's nothing to do!

Here's the plan for the 11 week term:

Week 1: World Guiding - a few bits from the World Guiding badge, we have a Brownie troop in the US (Texas) to write to and I want to make a World Trefoil suncatcher by getting the girls to cut out the bits of the trefoil and paste yellow tissue paper in the gaps.

Weeks 2, 3, 4 and 5 - First Aid. St John Ambulance are coming to teach the girls, 1 hr for 4 weeks. They'll also be staying on and teaching the Guides for their badge afterwards.

Week 6 (last before half term) - Asthma UK, using the Changing the World syllabus, even though that will have finished by end of August. We'll teach the girls how to help someone who has an attack, and what is happening when they have one - several of our girls have inhalers so this will be very useful.

After such a serious half term, we have a fun half term to follow.

Week 7 - the two young leaders will be running a dance night.


Week 9 - Doctor Who - games plus making daleks out of swiss rolls, icing, choc buttons and matchmakers

Week 10 - Adventure 100, a first look at the syllabus for the centenary, plus some planning for what things they would like to do from January

Week 11 - Clear out the crafts - all those crafts where we bought for 24 and only 22 turned up over a five year period? We'll be setting them out, the girls can draw numbers from one to 24 and take it in turns to pick a craft and make it.

We'll also have to squeeze in a promise ceremony, probably around the Dr Who week, and leaving for 4 girls who are off to Guides in January. And we're trying to plan a weekend away, though our ideas keep getting thwarted but we'll get there!

Saturday, 11 July 2009

So sad

I can understand why their leader is giving up - a 90 mile round trip to lead a unit!

Here's hoping someone in Dewsbury comes forward.

Friday, 3 July 2009

Last meeting of the year

We went to the local campsite for the last meeting of the year, held jointly with our Guide unit, just as we always do for the last meeting each school year (see 2008 here). We were joined by the Senior Section for the first time, it's for girls aged 14-25 though ours are mostly 14-18, our unit started a few months ago and it was lovely to have them involved too.

We kept it pretty relaxed since the girls appreciate a bit of under-organising sometimes! They spent the first 20 mins gathering wood for the Senior Section fire, then 10 mins parachute games. 20 min stuffing their face with sandwiches and the left over treats from the sleepover and they drank a lot of juice!

Bit more playing with the parachute then they made s'mores on the Senior Section fire using marshmallows and chocolate digestives.

Finally a little ceremony to say goodbye to the 3 Brownies moving to Guides, the leader moving to Canada and give out badges to the 2 girls who had earned their Adventure badge and the 10 girls who had earned their Seasons badge, plus our YL had earned the Chief Guide's Challenge (even harder than Baden Powell Award) so she was presented with that.

All wrapped up for the term - now we can start thinking about September!
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