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Dydd Mercher (Wednesday)

The children slept really well. It is now 8 o’clock and we will be going in for breakfast very soon. After that we will be packing and leaving for The Big Pit. 

The Big Pit was really good. We all put on helmets and head lamps, got into the lift and went down 100 metres into the chambers below. We found out that some of the children who would have worked there would have been only 6 years old and that the 72 pit ponies lived down there for 50 weeks of the year and only came up to fresh air and daylight for 2 weeks. We also found out how dark it is down there when we switched off our head lamps for a few seconds. Later we had our packed lunch at the site and then left for home. 


It’s been a fantastic few days and a great, first residential for the Year 5 children. We are sure the children will remember the visit for a very, very long time and we are also sure they will sleep well tonight. The staff certainly will. πŸ™‚πŸ™‚

Dydd Mawrth (Tuesday)

Bore da. The children all slept well. At 8 o’clock we are having breakfast before going on a treasure hunt around the bay, followed by a boat trip and lunch and then a visit to The Senedd and then Cardiff Castle. After our evening meal we will be going bowling. It’s going to be a very busy day. πŸ™‚πŸ™‚.


It is 6 p.m. and we have just returned to our accommodation after a very busy day. The treasure hunt around the bay was really good. Straight from there we got on The Princess Katherine boat for a ride around the bay. The Cardiff Eye (big wheel) is on the dockside and a lot of the children decided to go on it and loved every minute. After a packed lunch back at the URDD centre we walked across the road to The Senedd. There our local Assembly member Jack Sargent came to speak to us. There were other V.I.P.s there too today, the speaker, deputy speaker and government minister from South Africa and they came to speak to us too and were very complimentary about the children. When we went into the Chamber we watched  First Minister Mark Drakeford answering questions and debating with the leader of the Welsh Conservatives. It was very interesting to watch.


From The Senedd we went to Cardiff Castle. We had a great guided tour and then spent time in the gift shop and then playing with the many swords and shields that had been purchased. (They have stayed on the coach and are not allowed into the dormitories this evening πŸ™‚). At 7 o’clock we are off to bowling.

Bowling was really good but Mr. Dixon was not happy that he was not the winner. (O bechod!)🀣🀣. The children enjoyed the game and the chips, sweets, mini eggs, slushies etc etc. There are some tired faces tonight though so hopefully the children should sleep well. Nos da pawb.

Dydd Llun (Monday)



Prynhawn da o Gaerdydd. (Good afternoon from Cardiff). We have arrived safely and we are just settling in to our rooms. The journey down here was good, no traffic hold ups at all. We stopped in St. Fagan’s  Museum for a couple of hours, enjoyed looking at the buildings there and LOVED spending money at the fair. It was very cloudy and we had a few spots of rain but that was it. Diolch byth  (thank goodness). Our evening meal is at 6 but before that we are going to use the pool table downstairs. We will update you more later. πŸ™‚πŸ™‚

This evening we had a delicious tea, chips and hot dog or spaghetti with meat balls and garlic bread followed by chocolate cake. The children then had 2 options for evening avtivities. 18 decided on a long walk around the Bay Area to see the big wheel, the Norwegian church and the Senedd  and then on to the 2 parks and to see The Enormous Crocodile. The other children chose to stay in and watch a film. Now the children are in their rooms (showering and cleaning teeth supposedly) and lights out is at 9.30. It’s been a long day but a great day and we (staff) are now hoping the children will sleep soundly all night. 🀞🏼🀞🏼🀞🏼🀞🏼🀞🏼
         Nos da pawb.