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BINS!

Earlier this year, inspired by Stomp Pete, we approached Grundons to see if they would loan us some bins. This they readily did, equipping us with big ones, middle-sized ones and small ones, throwing in fluorescent jackets and hats for each member of the Gang.

Well, every school should have some! They have been in constant use. They love wheeling each other about in them, often with the lid closed and they then have to guess where they are; there have had been bin races; bin dens and so much more…

They have been used as instruments for performances…

As sleeping spaces at Camp Treehouse…

For impromptu ‘jamming sessions’ in the garden…

They have become u boats in our World War II game…

And more recently a network of dens in a collaborative game involving ‘chums’…

Before being dusted off for a performance at Cholsey School this week, to entertain their South African visitors…

What an unexpectedly rich resource these have turned out to be!

A BIG THANK YOU TO TONI AND THE GRUNDON TEAM.

YOU need to get some BINS.

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Our annual over night sojourn in the countryside, found us this year, on top of Lollingdon Hill. After days of trepidation as we tracked the ever-changing weather forecast, conditions turned out to be ideal…

The children chose whether they wanted to sleep under canvas or devise their own shelter…

Camps made and inspected, the children had some time just to be…

Before supper with some of the founder members of the Gang…

A sing-song orchestrated by the arrival of Helen and Dave, was accompanied by toasted marshmallows…

All too soon it was time to turn in…

Having cleaned your teeth obviously…

Time to tuck up with friends, furry ‘chums’ and books…

The camp reassuringly lit by candle light…

Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

Before hat clad, book wielding early risers heralded the arrival of morning…

After a hearty breakfast of fruit, bacon baps and hot chocolate around the fire, we headed for home on our bikes.

Once home, even the most energetic members of the Gang, showed signs of fatigue…

Another amazing camp, with amazing people, in an amazing location, amazing food, amazing music, creating yet more amazing memories. Lucky us…

Which birthday I hear you ask?

Yes, this week we embarked on our sixth year and celebrated our fifth birthday!

Which as per tradition, we marked with a party, complete with magician…

Not bad for the first day back!

And then there was cake 🙂 …

 

 

To mark half a century of the Power House that is Lee Ryman…


Here is to many more…

 

 

 

 

 

 

What is it they say? Better late than never? Some ‘user error’ type technology problems, has prevented me from sharing this until now! Belatedly, enjoy…

Despite blistering heat the Gang kept Stomping, for over an hour at the Wallingford Carnival…

Three rosettes and two trophies later, it was clear that The Treehouse had triumphed yet again, despite adversity. What a Gang! What a Team! What a pleasure…

Thank you Cassie and Lou for making our float a recycling heaven. Your efforts were not in vain…your decorations look just as good in The Treehouse garden…

 

 

I have been blogging useless recently! Perhaps looking back at just the past week at The Treehouse might explain why…

 

Sometimes facilitating inspiration, motivation, collaboration and hands on experiences is all-consuming, leaving little time for anything else. However, I think the pictures say it all…

Should we adhere rigidly to the National Curriculum, the exploration of other cultures and places could be tokenistic, scratching the surface of the real issues.

We prefer to respond to events both locally and globally, as and when they present themselves.

Last week, the starvation of innocent children in Somalia and Yemen, was much in the news. This was not an issue we would, or could, ignore. Furnished with the facts, comparing their own comfortable existence with those of children in Africa, shared on national media the Gang devised a way to help…

This small event, to which all our children contributed goods to sell, raised an incredible…

£312.30!

Which we plan to send to Africa…With Love.

To duplicate our excellent day in the woods you will need just 3 things:

Bikes, a group of people ranging from 2 years to 70! and an interest in the natural world…

With the Easter holidays on the horizon, you too might like to take part in the RSPB Wild Challenge. It certainly got the Gang going…

https://ww2.rspb.org.uk/kids-and-schools/kids-and-families/wild-challenge/whatiswildchallenge/

Although he died some time ago, the Gang today paid homage to this great man, whose writing has inspired so many youngsters to get ‘stuck into’ reading.

Our trip to Great Missenden, instigated by a parent and Trustee, was quite simply a delight. Our bevy of enthusiastic readers, relished the opportunity to find out more about his life, (which was punctuated by much sadness), the places, events and people who inspired him. The Gang’s behaviour whilst there, was outstanding…

They too were inspired to write…

Standing up…Or sitting down, as the Great man would have done…

AND…

EAT…

CAKE…

The least we could do is pay our respects…

Learning more, about both him and his family…

RIP Roald Dhal…