Reach for the Stars

On Tuesday 31stOctober, over 200 members from Girlguiding Gwent travelled Newport to take part in a series of activities provided by British Airways. The morning session was filled with Rainbows and Brownies, who all took part and learnt new things about the aviation world. The girls were taken through the agenda of being an air hostess, and the kind of things the job involved. The girls loved dressing up in the costumes and demonstrating to others how to correctly wear a lifejacket.

The girls were shown how to inflate a life jacket if they were ever in an emergency and about the science of the gasses inside the jackets. They were surprised as to how cold the jackets were!

The girls also had the opportunity to develop their teamwork skills by entering the tallest tower competition. The girls were given only lollypop sticks and pegs, and were challenged to race against the other teams to build the tallest tower. There were lots of different designs giving the girls the opportunity to experience the engineering side of the aviation world.

The apprentices from British Airways ran a session with the girls about designing a really cool paper aeroplane. The girls learnt about aerodynamics and came up with some really creative designs for the outside of their planes. There were some designers of the future in the group!

Everyone was  given the opportunity to try their own engineering challenge, which included correctly applying washers, nuts and bolts to a trefoil design. This was really tricky for the girls, as they had to ensure they didn’t forget anything, as well as following the colour pattern! The Rainbows picked it up really quickly.

The afternoon session was adapted for the Guides and Senior Section. The girls did similar activities that challenged them to think outside the box. They learnt how to wire a plug, as well as make a stable bridge out of lolly pop sticks, straws and masking tape.

The girls received a certificate and a special badge designed for the event. Everybody had a fantastic time so big thank you to Girlguiding Gwent and British Airways for providing such fun activities for the girls to try.

Queen’s Guide success

Hi, my name is Cerys and I’m an adult leader at 1st Chepstow Rainbows. I’ve just been awarded my Queen’s Guide Award after working towards it for the past 3 years. During this time I worked on a variety of different projects which included organising a Rainbow trip, being a first aider at a Brownie camp, volunteering in my school and an extensive research project on sports leadership. I also went on a 4 day expedition in the Brecon Beacons which was part of my gold Duke of Edinburgh Award and a challenging but enjoyable experience! The highlight of my Queen’s Guide Award was undertaking an international trip to South Korea in 2016 with a group of other girls from Girlguiding Cymru. We worked with Korean school girls and a local arts centre to renovate a market area and improve the community. We also took part in cultural activities such as staying overnight in a beautiful Buddhist monastery which was an unforgettable experience! Another part I really enjoyed was helping to organise a centenary event for the county at Llandegfedd reservoir. It was really rewarding watching the Guides and Rangers getting to know each other and really enjoying themselves. I had a great time working on my award and highly recommend it to anybody thinking of giving it a try!

Find out more about the Queen’s Guide Award at:-

https://www.girlguiding.org.uk/what-we-do/our-badges-and-activities/badge-finder/queens-guide-award/

    

Llanyrafon Rangers hold an 18th birthday party

Caitlin writes “It was  my 18th birthday on the 11th of October and (to my complete surprise) my fellow Rangers threw me a surprise party the day before when we had our weekly meeting! As I walked in our usual meeting room the lights suddenly turned on and at least 5 or six Rangers screamed happy birthday in my ear (fortunately my hearing is still in tact) and I then saw that the room had been decorated with balloons and banners to celebrate my birthday!

Of course it’s not a British birthday party if there’s no classics such as Colin the caterpillar cake, party rings or a mildly competitive game of pass the parcel (only one fight ensued from this) all of which were all included by my fellow Rangers in the evenings celebrations. During the evening we also used our arts & crafts skills (mine being very limited) to decorate party hats to match the birthday theme.

After I was very kindly given an 18thbirthday card that was signed by everyone in my unit and sung Happy Birthday we were all also given custom made “celebrating eighteen” badges that celebrate any units young leader turning 18 and therefore becoming an adult.

Overall it was an amazingly fun evening that I am extremely grateful to my unit for taking the time and effort to organise (even though I usually hate surprises it’s safe to say that I thoroughly enjoyed this one).

Tredegar House adventure.

East District held a sleepover for Sixers and Seconds from Beechwood, St Johns, St Andrews and St Teilos slept at Tredegar House! We could take 30 girls and it would be 6:00pm – 10:00am (on the dot!)

 

The weather was dry and sunny so the girls were able to meet the Guiders, Curator (Emily) and Phil from Tredegar House at the main gate to walk through the lovely private gardens to the main entrance.

                

All girls were sleeping on the floor in the New Parlour Room and Guiders in the Morning Room.  Once girls were happy with sleeping arrangements we could start the fun! We went out into the private gardens for a scavenger hunt and some games they enjoyed the running around game; Good Morning, Good Afternoon, Good Evening amongst others.

As the sun was setting the girls went back into the house and down to the Servants Hall for craft!  Tredegar House stipulated that the craft the girls did should not have the following: glue, glitter or paint, our Guiders accepted the challenge and created some fantastic crafts for the girls.  Girls made wire pirate skulls, stained glass hangings, pirate masks and pirate treasure tea lights.  All their makes were put in a pirate box for taking home the next day.  One of the Guiders is an expert at making paper boats – the challenge was to see the smallest she could make!

As the girls were making their crafts Emily the Curator took small groups around the house on a torch lit tour. She took them up to the attics (found an old Architects office up there!) down to the cellars (no wine for the Guiders though!).  All unlocked doors were opened and girls could peer inside to see the hidden secrets of Tredegar House.

Girls had snacks in the Servants Hall and then got ready for bed.  Girls used the treasure tea lights in their sleeping area and they were placed to guide the way to the loos for night time.

All the girls had a fantastic time and it was such a great opportunity for them.  Huge thanks to all the East District Guiders who came along and to Emily and Phil from Tredegar House who give up their time to allow this for the girls.