Primary 7’s first stop on the journey was at Pluscarden Abbey where we had lunch and were met by Father Giles who gave us a tour. He explained facts about the stained glass windows and told us a bit about life at the abbey. We listened to the monks for their 12.40 prayers which they sang in Latin.
The next stop on our journey to Tomintoul was Scalan where we got off the bus in what looked like the middle of nowhere. Mrs Bain led us to the Hidden College of Scalan where Priest Gordon, the founder of our school, studied. We had a look inside and read about each room. We also discovered the secret chapel and how the community would have entered using a ladder to a doorway half way up the gable of the house during the time of the Jacobites.
We finally made our way to St Michael’s Centre in Tomintoul and had dinner and time to play football, basketball and take the annual P7 trip photo. We played indoor games later on that evening and had some hot chocolate before trying to go to sleep! On Day 2, we had an early start and Team McFadden got breakfast ready for everyone. We got on the bus to go to Landmark for the day, stopping on the way for a photo with the Highlands in the background.
Landmark was great fun. We went to all of the sections and had lots of time to go on all of the rides. Most people were very brave and did Sky Dive and the High Ropes course. Some of the other highlights were the water slide, climbing wall and the optical illusions room.
On Thursday evening, we also worked on some Artwork that will be this year’s P7 legacy to the school. Look out around the school grounds to see where we place it.
Team Rynne were in charge of dinner and had fantastic helpers to set up the tables and help with cutting and serving pizza to everyone. Everyone also took their turn at washing up. We had more games on Thursday night but were tired after a very busy day.
Day 3 and it is Friday morning. Team Bain got breakfast ready for everyone and all teams had to clean the building. Everyone worked on their life skills and some tried new things like hoovering or mopping the floor! Well done to everyone. You were very fast cleaners!
We packed up the bus and headed to Greyfriars in Elgin where we met the Dominican Sisters who live there. They gave us a talk about their life and answered lots of questions. They also had lunch with us and played football in the garden with us. They gave us a tour and sang some fun songs of worship with us. We got on the bus for the last time and made our way back to St Peter’s where we were met by our parents and siblings with big hugs!
Thank you very much to Mrs Bain and Mrs Martin for organising the trip for us and to Mrs Bain and Mr McFaddden for coming with us and leading the way during the trip. We hope everyone has a restful weekend and look forward to seeing you on Monday morning.