Our time in Manchester is over! It's safe to say we all had an amazing trip. 

Today we started the long journey home after an amazing three days. To break up the journey we made a couple of shopping stops. First was the Trafford Centre - it was enormous! We enjoyed two hours looking in the sports shops, clothes shops and beauty shops. We bought lots of lovely treats for ourselves and some of us also bought gifts for our families back home. 

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We enjoyed a delicious McDonalds for our lunch and then headed back onto the bus to start the journey up to Scotland. 

When we arrived in Scotland we made our second stop at Gretna Green Outlet where we again enjoyed spending some of our money on the lovely things that were on offer. A favourite stop off was the Cadbury outlet shop which was chocolate heaven! Almost everyone bought something delicious to share with everyone at home. 

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Finally, we arrived at the Stena Line boat to make our ferry journey back to Northern Ireland. We got a great dinner on board the ferry and Mr Bevington gave us all a quiz to do which made the journey seem so much quicker! 

During the bus ride back to school we were excited to see our parents after 4 days away from home. We couldn't wait to tell them all about what we got up to on our trip!

Thankyou so much to our bus driver Nigel who did a great job at driving us around all week and to the teachers who spent their time making sure we were safe and happy. 

We had a great time! Manchester 2018 - you were fabulous!

 

 

 

 

Hi from Manchester!

Today we went to Alton Towers. The rides were absolutely amazing! We went on barrel cups, Hex, Rita, Th13teen, Duel, The Runaway Mine Train, the River Rapids and so much more. We all had lots of fun and the teachers even went on some rides!

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We had lunch under The Oblivion, the tallest ride in Alton Towers. It dropped into a massive hole in the ground. We all yelled at them "DON'T LOOK DOWN!" but they didn't listen.  

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Most of the rides were very unpredictable such as Rita, which went from 0 to 60 in 2.5 seconds. It was based on a race star named Rita who lost her title 'Queen of Speed', by being beaten by Unknown Forces.

At the start of Hex, everyone screamed when it got dark - even Mrs Bovill! 

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Th13teen was a very popular ride among the boys, while others preferred rides such as The Smiler and Spin Ball Whizzer.

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Nemesis was also a firm favourite. The Haunted house was fun for everyone as you used laser guns to shoot the monsters.

 

We all clambered upon the bus very hot and tired, but one thing's for sure - we had a great day!

 

Home time tomorrow! But before that, we are looking forward to going on a shopping spree at the Trafford Centre!

 

(Blog produced by P7 pupils)

 

 

 

 

 

Hello from Manchester!

Today we went  to the Helly Hansen Water Sports Centre at Salford Quays. We had a choice of two activities for the day: sailing, canoeing, kayaking, bell boats, banana boats and we were each allocated different leaders for each activity. We were given wetsuits and buoyancy aids and a crash helmet to wear at all times.

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After the activities we played a game where we were each asked a question. If you had a certain colour of clothing etc, you had to take a step back. Eventually we all fell into the water. It was f-f-f-freezing but we all really enjoyed the day.

 

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We could see Old Trafford from the Water Sports centre - which was to be our next destination!

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When we arrived at the Manchester United Stadium, we got a tour of the stadium which included visiting the changing rooms and walking through the tunnel. We were told the grass was cut up to four times a day to keep it in tip-top shape. It looked like carpet! We also got to see the Champion's League trophy, the history of the building, legends such as George Best's boots, award and lots more through the Manchester United Museum. 

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When we arrived back at the hotel, we enjoyed a yummy dinner and even had some birthday celebrations as one of our boys turned 11 today! Happy Birthday James - we hope it was one to remember!

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We are really looking forward to a fun-filled day at Alton Towers tomorrow!

 

(Blog produced by P7 pupils)

 

 

 

 

 

Everyone met at school bright and breezy at the early time of 5.30am where we said our goodbyes and set off towards Belfast to depart on the boat. 

 

After a rocky crossing, we arrived in Cairnryan safely and started our journey towards Manchester. 

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Our first stop was the Aquarium of the Lakes where we enjoyed looking at the frogs, mice, ants, pygmy monkeys, tarantulas, leopard turtles, piranhas and lots of other sea creatures. We also got the chance to pet a cockroach (some of us were braver than others) and watched as the otters were fed.  

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Next, we took a scenic cruise up Lake Windermere, where we were able to relax and take in the beautiful sights of the Lake District. We even got a special shoutout on the boat which made it even more special! 

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When we eventually arrived at our hotel, we enjoyed a tasty dinner before heading on a walk before going to bed. We are all really tired after a long day of travelling but we're so excited for our activities tomorrow!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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