Year 6 Residential: Day 4 and 5

Day 4

Last night’s disco was a hit and the children danced all night – what a perfect way to end our fantastic week away.

Looking glam and glitzy on the dance floor.

Strike a pose Olivia! 

Day 5

Every single child was still sound asleep when the teachers gave them their wake up call this morning! The children are all packed up and enjoying their last two activities of the week before lunch.

We should be leaving the centre at 1:30 promptly. If traffic is clear, we should arrive home around 4 o’clock at the earliest but we’re anticipating that it will be a little later due to Friday traffic. We will give you a few updates on the way home to keep you informed.

I’m sure that you are looking forward to seeing your children and hearing about their exciting adventure. We are so proud of their achievements this week and PGL staff have made a point of commenting upon their excellent behaviour and manners – well done St Mark’s!

See you very soon,

Year 6

Year 6 Residential: Day 3 and 4

Day 3 and 4

Liam was the first of his group to clamber to the top of All Aboard – the idea is to get all team members standing on the top and then have a ‘bum war’ to push each other off!

Year 6 gathered in a ring ready to play a competitive game in the sports’ hall before lunch.

Preston and Emily demonstrating some excellent belaying skills which they have been learning throughout the week.

Most children have been filling up on the fresh and delicious salad bar to have alongside their lunch or dinner.

Last night’s dinner – these boys have opted for chicken curry and apple crumble for dessert. 

With Halloween in mind, this cabin room thought it would be rather amusing to give the teachers a bit of a scare when they came in to do a room inspection!

It was a little drizzly this morning but these children were kept dry in the safety hut whilst they waited for their go during archery.

Miss Pettitt’s group engaged in some exciting team building games with Windmill Hill’s famous White House in the background.

The children have been so supportive to their peers, encouraging them to take risks and always try their best. 

Georgia feeling confident about zooming down the zip wire.


The children are very excited about the disco tonight and are going to get glammed up after their dinner ready to dance the night away and celebrate such a successful week.

We’ll update you in the morning and throughout the day tomorrow with our progress.


Year 6


Year 6 Residential: Day 2 and 3

Day 2 and 3

A smiley group of girls munching on a well-received dinner of chicken nuggets and chip – yum!

Aiden managed to persuade Miss Lethaby to go to the top of the giant swing – their faces were a picture on the way down!

Dylan’s group working hard to fix the poles in place in order to strengthen their raft before they tried it out on the water.

Teddy bear competitions have commenced – this group of children set up a campfire scene with the teddy bears holding marshmallows; they even put the ‘stars’ in the sky!

During problem solving, this group had to distribute their weight in order to balance the giant see-saw.

A view of the children’s cabins.

Jaime, William and Miguel mid-way through their team effort to get to the top of Jacob’s ladder – a giant ladder which has eight wooden logs each with increasing space to the next log!

Sammy climbing to pole of trapeze ready to jump off the top.

In sensory trail the children are blind-folded and led through a rather unusual course which heightens their sense of hearing and touch.


The weather has been beautifully sunny again today and we’ve had a great day. The children are taking part in a team quiz game tonight before bedtime. We can’t believe we’re already half way through the week!

More from us tomorrow!

Year 6

Year 6 Residential: Day 1 and 2

What a fantastic first couple of days Year 6 have had on their residential trip!

Day 1

As we said, the journey down to Hailsham was very smooth with a stop at Seven Sisters Country Park – a stunning nature reserve which looks over the estuary of the River Cuckmere. After the children had lunch, they went on a walk around the country park, stopping half way for a competitive river quiz led by Miss Goddard to earn the first points for their cabins!

We finally arrived at Windmill Hill PGL centre at around 4 o’clock. The children checked straight into their cabins and unpacked their bags ready for the first of the room inspections – of course they are looking rather tidy at the moment.

After a comforting dinner of sausage and mash, the children dressed up warm for their evening activity of camp fire where they listening to funny stories, sang songs and joined in with silly dances. They were certainly ready for bed by the end of the day and they slept well.


Day 2

This morning, the children were spoilt for choice at breakfast – bacon, mushrooms, sausages, cereal, toast, fruit, yoghurt – something for everyone! 

They have been enjoying the first day of their action-packed activities and luckily, there has been no rain as yet!


The children are off to spend their pennies at the tuck shop soon and will later be participating in an evening activity called ‘Passport to the World’ where they have to work in teams to find flags around the site and answer a question which relates to that flag’s country.

We will update you with more fun tomorrow.

From Year 6

Half Term Rockstars Competition

Battle of the Bands!

The ‘Battle of the Bands’ has been running for 5 days now and it’s great to see so many people playing at home.

Only 2 days left in the competition so how are the scores looking?

Year 2 are currently beating Year 3.

Year 4 are currently beating Year 3.

Year 5 are currently beating Year 4.

Year 5 are currently beating Year 6.

Overall, it seems that Year 2, 4 and 5 are practising lots at home. Year 3 and 6 are going to need to up their game a little in order to beat their opponents!

Log on to gain points for your Year Group’s ‘Band’ whilst also earning yourself lots of coins to spend at the online shop.

Rock on!

Well Done RockStars!

We re-launched RockStars a few weeks ago and what a hit it has been!

It looks like most children have logged on to learn their tables and increase their speed but we thought it was worth giving a few children a special mention who have clearly been doing lots of practice! Each time a game is played, the children earn coins so the more coins, the more practice they have had. Here are our top three scorers in each year group – a huge well done!


Year 2

Alfie ‘Tom Bragg’ has earned 10,854 coins

Luke ‘Fats Styler’ has earned 9,652 coins

Heath ‘Royal Rockaroundtheclock’ has earned 8,700 coins


Year 3

Jack ‘Thunder Palace’ has earned 18,647 coins

Igor ‘Billy Alvin’ has earned 14,697 coins

Archie ‘Strike Durst’ has earned 10,103 coins


Year 4

Sophie ‘Sugar Slim’ has earned 56,020 coins

Ethan ‘Royal Dornacker’ has earned 35,904 coins

Edward ‘Ed Cyrus’ has earned 32,966 coins


Year 5 

Amalie ‘Roxy Coppola’ has earned 106,708 coins

Amy ‘Fruity Floyd’ has earned 91,639 coins

Carolina ‘C.C. Winter’ has earned 18,506 coins


Year 6

Nayra ‘Ann Manning’ has earned 188,708 coins

Imogen ‘Libby Stitch’ has earned 126,022 coins

Sophie ‘Emily Malkmus’ has earned 61,847  coins


Come and see Miss Goddard to collect your special ‘Highest Earner’ certificate when you are back at school!


Half term is a perfect time to practise times tables and a ‘Battle of the Bands’ competition has just been set up. This is a competition between different year groups – the more you practice, the more points you get for your band (year group).

Children can see their ‘bands’ progress when they log on. Who will win by the end of the half term holiday?

Happy Rocking!

Maths Team


Windmill Hill Residential Trip!

Thank you to all the parents and families who joined us for our project outcome on Wednesday afternoon; what a brilliant turnout, and it was a joy to watch the children so passionate about their learning.

We wish you all a happy and restful half term but are well-aware that our residential trip is fast approaching so wanted to leave you with some important information and reminders.


Our Recommended Packing List:

  • Socks and underwear for 5 days
  • Nightwear
  • Towel
  • Toiletries however no spray deodorants
  • A few pairs of tracksuit or jogging bottoms
  • 5 tops of T-shirts
  • 2 jumpers/jackets
  • One set of clothes which can get wet (we are doing one water-activity)
  • Waterproof coat/jacket
  • A couple of pairs of old trainers which can get muddy/wet
  • ‘Disco’ clothes
  • A sleeping bag or duvet
  • A pillow
  • A cuddly toy!
  • A bin liner for dirty clothes
  • A labelled water bottle
  • A torch
  • Pair of gloves
  • Scarf and/or hat
  • Hairdryer for long hair (we recommend sharing 1 per cabin as an idea)


The children need to be able to manoeuvre their own luggage a few hundred meters so we recommend that their belongings are in a suitcase or holdall and their duvet or sleeping bag is in a heavy duty bag which is unlikely to tear.

We do not allow any electronics however the children may bring a disposable camera if they wish. We will of course be taking lots of photos and videos over the week.

Your children will be fed very well with lots of food options available so they do not need to bring additional snacks with them.

The children may also bring £5 with them in a labelled wallet or purse as there is a shop on site where they can buy a souvenir.

Please label as many of the children’s items as possible, particularly the children’s clothes and shoes as belongings do get mixed up in cabins over the week and it makes returning lost items to their rightful owner much easier!


Day of Departure Packing

The children will need to be dressed in warm, sensible clothing as we will be stopping at Seven Sisters Country Park where we will be having lunch. Please can you provide a lunch in a carrier bag along with a labelled water bottle. Sensible shoes – walking boots or trainers – are essential as we will be going on a walk around the country park.


Monday Morning

Please arrive at school from 8:30 – normal time – in the year 6 area. Queue outside Miss Pettitt’s room and Miss Goddard will direct you to where you need to go.

Miss Durling will be collecting medication along with details such as when it needs to be administered etc. Please ensure that you bring the medication which you put on the children’s medical forms as we cannot leave without it! There will also be a place to drop off money. Please ensure anything you are passing over is named.

By now, the children know which coach they are on (groups 1-4 coach A and groups 5-8 coach B). Once you have dropped off medication and money, make your way to 6D to drop of luggage in the right area according to the coach your child is on.

It can take a while to take in money, medication and say your goodbyes so please allow a little longer than usual.

We will be leaving school mid-morning and making our way to Seven Sisters Country Park where we will stay for a couple of hours before going on to Windmilll Hill PGL activity center in Hailsham. We expect to arrive at PGL at around 3:30pm but will of course send a message to parents to let you know we have arrived safely.



Children now know their activity groups and group leaders. Over the week, they will take part in 14 day-time activities:

  • Giant Swing
  • Raft Building
  • Sensory Trail
  • Trapeze
  • Aeroball
  • Problem Solving
  • Tunnel Trail
  • Archery
  • Climbing
  •  Jacob’s Ladder
  • Orienteering
  • Sports and Team Games
  • Zipwire
  • All Aboard

The fun doesn’t end there as the evenings provide plenty of exciting activities too with our first night gathered about a campfire listening to funny stories and singing silly songs. On our second night, the children take part in a challenge called ‘Passport to the World’ which involves them searching for World flags hidden on the sight and answering questions about these countries to gain the most points for their team. On the third night, children will be using their knowledge to get involved in a competitive team game called ‘Quiz Shown’. Lastly, and most importantly, our final night will end with a disco!

We hope you have all the information you require but please feel free to contact Miss Goddard ( should you require any further assistance before Monday.


Kind Regards and a Happy Half Term!

Year 6 Team



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