Final day in Valkenburg! The group woke to the sound of pouring rain this morning as they began their last day in Holland. Today saw the sightseers off to Agogo where the children enjoyed the breath-taking views from the chairlift, followed by the thrill of the roller coaster ride on the toboggan run. It was touch and go whether this would go ahead, as the toboggan cannot run in wet weather. Thankfully the rain stopped as the group arrived and began again as the final child zoomed down the slope....you’d almost think it was meant to be. Each child was able to choose his/her own speed with the brake, and slide down the mountain, where they then got the draglift back up to the starting point again. It was a slow start for many, with some children remaining stationary at times until they were given a gentle push downwards by their fellow classmates coming down the slope behind them. By the end of the morning, all children were flying down the metal slopes at great speeds. Mr Bradley described the toboggan as a baking tray with wheels.....I’m not convinced on that one but the children had a ball. Following their thrilling morning, the group went shopping. Lots of sweets, chocolates and presents were purchased today as the children tried to spend their remaining Euros. After lunch it was off to Kinderstadt Heerlen for yet more adrenalin inducing action! Kinderstadt, I am told, is like Indianaland times 10 – with dodgems, ball pits, a log flume, rollercoasters, trampolines and a giant rubber volcano. I am told that all children made it to the top in their bare feet, however the real challenge is trying to get to the top in their socks.....a few succeeded. The children had a super afternoon with only one downfall.....the soles of their feet are as black as can be. I am told that there will be a foot inspection this evening before bedtime.... rather them than me. With an enormous appetite worked up, it was back to the hotel for a dinner of burgers. Following dinner the children then went to Laser quest in the darkness of the caves. It was boys v girls this evening with the boys winning both games. It’s a wonder the girls didn’t win with both Mr Bradley and Mr Pinkerton helping them out....maybe that was their problem. Sounds like yet another amazing day and a great end to a very successful trip! The hotel staff have been very welcoming to the children and couldn't do enough to ensure that they all feel at home and well looked after. The staff have also had continuous remarks on the impeccable manners and behaviour of the children everywhere they have been in Valkenburg. It's an early night tonight as 5 a.m. will come very early in the morning when all children will be made to shower (whether they want to or not) before departing the hotel after having breakfast and making their packed lunch for the airport.
Congratulations to Mr. Bradley, Mr. Pinkerton, Mrs Galway and Mrs. Brown for making Valkenburg 2018 such an amazing experience for the P.7 children. Just one more sleep parents.....get those beds ready and their favourite meal prepared for dinner tomorrow night.