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This week in TB - W/C 12/09/22

You wouldn't believe it...but I'm going to tell you anyway!

Lower School entered the wood this week for their TB session and were shocked and a little disconcerted to hear loud snoring coming from the hay-bale house. 

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What could this be? A goblin? Zamadeth himself? A wild beast? Fearing for my personal safety, I did the sensible thing and sent a willing child to check on the sound. 

The report came back that it was infact a scruffy, slightly whiffy gentleman with a paper bag on his head, fast sleep with his collie dog on his lap! 

What to do? Call the police? Evacuate the wood? The brave children decided to do neither of these sensible things, but instead chose to wake him and find out who he was! 

Waking in a bit of a frenzy, the man informed us that he was in fact Mr Stink! He tured out to be quite delightful, so the children took him to the fire-circle and gave him a bicci and a hot t'yocci...#kindandcaring.

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After the excitement died down, we asked him why he was in our wood - we discovered that he was, sadly, homeless.

After telling us all about the trials and tribulations of being homeless, and how he became homeless, the children decided they wanted to help Mr Stink - he was overjoyed at this prospect!

Some cooked him an apple crumble, using fresh apples from our orchard, others designed and built him a house of his own and a final few made a fire to heat water to wash his spare pair of underpants - these were incredibly smelly as they hadn't been washed in 15 years!

The children were phenominal with both Mr Stink and The Dutchess, and the TB staff were blown away by the empathy and understanding the children showed to those suffering homelessness and poverty.

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Upper School entered the wood to find a letter from the munchkins - the goblins have been trying to steal their wealth so Flame wants to hide it on the island in the pond. Problem: no bridge to the island. Challenge: research, design, build and test bridges - strongest bridge to be construcred to the island.

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After a team challenge, skillfully crafted to test Collabortion, Communication and Organisation, the chidren examined images of a range of bridges and identified the tools, skills, materials and personal attributes they would need to build their own (links here to the Victorian's topic and Science work back in the classroom).

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In small groups, we then practiced our identified tool skills: folding saw, bow saw, knife, mallet and drill. #DTtastic. 

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