Monday, 22 February 2010

One World One Beat

What an amazing day we had on Sunday! We took part in One World One Beat to celebrate Thinking Day. Nearly 20,000 girls from across the UK took part in the event across 9 locations and one weekend and I don't know about the 8 other locations, but the movie-themed Midlands one, in Wolverhampton, was amazing.

We had to get up really early - 6:30am on a Sunday anyone?!? - and went on 3 coaches from our area. The planning was superb, all the little details, for example while I registered our party of 26, the others watched a bit of Monsters Inc, then while we waited for other groups to arrive, Ice Age was playing on the big screen.

The girls took part in 4 workshops through the day:
  • South American Drumming
  • Mask-making
  • Folk Stories
  • Indian Dancing
Other groups did other workshops and at the end, we all got together again and each group did a performance from their workshop. They also sang happy birthday to one of our Brownies who turned 8 that day, bet she's never had hundreds of people singing to her before!

It was a long day, it was 7:30pm that we got back to the coach drop off, so we were out and about for 12 hours, the day before the school term started again.

But it was well worth it, I am so glad to have been part of the Centenary Thinking Day.

Highlights:
  • Seeing my Brownies perform their Indian Dance
  • Seeing the look on her face when our Brownie was sung to for her birthday
  • The leader relaxation workshop - another leader said she'd have liked two workshops for leaders instead of just one, but even the fact they thought of doing one for us was great - although we didn't take it as seriously as the workshop leader would have liked!
  • Seeing the fantastic Chinese Dragons
  • Seeing my daughter, there with her Guide unit, reading out lines in her performance, she's not a girl who likes to perform, so it was very special
  • Marking 100 years of Guiding in the company of thousands of others across the UK.

3 comments:

Kelloggsville said...

Good Day! Isn't it great when it all goes so well. A mountain top moment for many girls (and leaders by the sounds of it) well done x

Jen on the Edge said...

Oh wow, that looks like so much fun. My girls would have loved it.

Jo Beaufoix said...

Oh Jen that sounds brilliant. I used to love Thinking Day as a kid. I'm just looking into getting Miss E into Brpwnies or Guides (she'll be 10 in August), and Miss M (just 5) into Rainbows. I love that Brownies means so much to you. Hope you and yours are all well. x

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