Let the Sponsored Walk of 2014 Begin.

Do you like these views???

Come Enjoy the Beautiful Views

Please come and enjoy them with our up and coming Ardeley Sponsored Walk on Friday 23rd May 2014.

Preparations are in hand for the traditional Ardeley School annual  Sponsored Walk.  Our lovely Mrs Colman has been planning a route to Walkern and back, approximately 6 miles. There are a few planned pick up points along the way, but as always we don’t expect to need them.  Every year we watch even the smallest legs make the distance.  The Head of Walkern School, Mr Hall, has agreed to allow us to use their school facilities for lunch and toileting so we won’t have to carry our packed lunches either.

For those of you who are new to this wonderful event, it is a fundraiser with benefits and sponsorship forms have been sent home for all to start fundraising.

This year our proceeds from the walk will be shared between the school and our link school in Kenya.  This year, with support from the FAS, we are planning to install an amazing, new wood and rope climbing frame on the field which we know the children will love.  This should be in place for the end of June and our share of the sponsor money will help towards this new facility.

Check out what we have planned for our sponsorship money.

Now this looks fun!

Now this looks fun!

 Check out what your sponsorship money can do for less fortunate children at Kivuria School in Kenya. These are pictures from Mrs Colman’s Art Day in August 2013


If you are able to come on the walk and help marshal a group please let Mrs Walsh know as soon as possible to help us to plan the groups.  Refreshments will be available before departure and a cup of tea on return.  The paths are, hopefully,  fairly nettle free and there are no stiles to cross, but we do go along the edges of fields in places which means that pushing buggies would be tricky and please remember that this is a school event so we have to say no dogs, sorry!

So lets get those sponsorship forms completed and get ready for what we be another wonderful Ardeley outing.

Mrs Colman is really pleased to be organising the walk once again.  Ardeley children are so full of determination – always up for a challenge and we are so sure this year will be no different.

Treasure Hunts and Code-Breaking in York.

We were very lucky that many of the sites we visited were well set up for school visits with special packs to help the children learn more about their surroundings.

Here are some examples of the activities we got up to. Click the pictures to enlarge them.







This is a map that shows the centre of York. We did an awful lot of walking. Only our suitcases got a taxi. We were on foot the whole time – apart from our boat trip up and down the River Ouse.

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Our Youth Hostel is off the map, somewhere to the left of grid ref A2. We did York Museum (C3), York Minster (D2), The Chocolate Story (E3), The York Boat (C3), Clifford’s Tower (E5) and the Wall Walk (D6 to B5). Quite an impressive distance covered. If the children came home a little weary, that might have had something to do with it!

YORK EXCLUSIVE: BBC News reports from the scene of Ardeley packed lunch.

Obviously Ardeley School paying a visit to Clifford’s Tower in York was big news, so the BBC sent out a reporter to describe the scene. Unfortunately, we’d already left to do the Wall Walk before she arrived. But while she was there, she bumped into some other people who had some problem with where Richard III was going to be buried. But fundamentally, most people just wanted to see the actual step where all the Ardeley children had eaten their packed lunch.

packed lunch

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Here’s the BBC reporting later from the scene. Click the picture to see the video:

If your child was on the trip, make sure they see this. They will DEFINITELY say, “Oh my goodness, that’s exactly where I had my cheese / chicken / ham /ploughman’s sandwich!”

Day At The Museum.

So lucky with the weather. We walked straight from the railway station to the museum. We looked at exhibits from Tudor, Medieval, Roman and pre- historic times.

Them we had to do some Roman detective work, having to determine whether 6 inhabitants of York were slaves or citizens.

After the museum, we walked along the river to our swanky Youth Hostel. You’d think that might have been enough to wear the little cherubs out…