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Girlguiding in Bunwell 2018/19

In the summer of 2018 Girlguiding announced a complete overhaul of the programme the girls would be following. It introduced 6 themes common to all units, each unit would have interest badges to do at home, a new idea for the Rainbows and in the meetings we have skill builders and unit meeting activities to do. These are age specific activities and  as the girls progress through the units their skills and understanding of the various topics increase.

 

1st Bunwell Rainbows

 

The Rainbows started the year by exploring the uses of plastic and the many different types of plastic used to produce everyday items. The girls played the Turtle game, a bit like beetle, where the object of the game is to remove all the plastic from the sea around the turtle. We then considered how we can reduce the amount of plastic we use every day, and the alternatives available.

Each year we try to spend time with the Long Stratton Rainbow unit, this year we got together and enjoyed a mini monster activity afternoon. We were visited by Giant African Land Snails, a Giant Centipede, a Tarantula, a Corn Snake and a Bearded Lizard. There were also a variety of crafts along a similar theme.

 During the autumn term we celebrated Hallowe'en by decorating biscuits to look like pumpkins, Bonfire Night by making s’mores and for Christmas we made cards and Christmas decorations.

 

In the new year we joined 100s of other Girlguiding members, around the country, at a special screening of ‘Mary Poppins Returns’.

In March, 5 of the girls went to the John Innes Centre, joining 200 other Rainbows from across Norfolk, at the Wonder of Words (WOW) Festival. The girls each took a book to swap, designed their own GoGo Hare, found out how DNA is used to solve a crime and enjoyed listening to Chris Rondel telling a story. 

 

Each year in our meeting closest to 22nd February we celebrate Thinking Day. This year we learnt about the 5 Girlguiding World Centres; Pax Lodge (London), Our Chalet (Switzerland), Sangam (India), Our Cabana (Mexico) and Kusafiri (Africa). Each of the girls decided which one she would most like to visit and then designed a postcard.

 

The Rainbows have done 2 of the new skill builder badges during the year. The first was the Innovate badge. To earn the badge the girls had to complete the following activities, make a puppet, play Gobots (one girl gives instructions to another girl pretending to be a

robot), find out which of 5 items would slide down a slope the fastest, what happens when you put a glass over a burning candle, how to turn a lump of plasticine from something that sinks to something which floats and see what happens when you add vinegar to bicarbonate of soda.

The second was Feel Good. For this badge by found out what makes us the same and what makes us different and wrote down the thing we like most about ourselves. We also had to pass a ball from person to person using different parts of the body, discussed our night time routines and had a look at what we eat and where it fits on the Eat Well Guide.

 

We have also enjoyed doing some of the Unit Meeting Activities (UMAs), including, learning about the different coins and the combinations to make different amounts, and how to budget so we can buy the fruit we would like to eat.

 

During the summer term we visited Cherry Tree Farm and did some outdoor UMAs. We had to collect the materials for, and make, birds nests, do some tracking and trailing and on our last night had a campfire and made s’mores.

The Rainbows would like to thank Mr & Mrs Matthews for allowing us to meet at their home.

 

We finished the term with a joint meeting with the Brownies playing bingo, which raised £190. The evening was organised by Cookie Owl, who raised the money so she could join other members of Girlguiding on 28th September in London to walk a marathon. The aim of the event in London is to raise money to assist girls to travel aboard with Girlguiding. Cookie Owl has been able to go to India and Canada with Girlguiding and she would like to help other Guides and Rangers have similar opportunities.

 

 

1st Bunwell Brownies

 

The Brownies started the year by doing the Plastic Free Planet badge. The girls explored the uses of plastic and the many different types of plastic used to produce everyday items.  

The girls used half of a 2L bottle make homes for over wintering insects and the other half to make poppies, one for each man named on the War Memorials at Bunwell Church. The poppies were used as part of the decoration of the church for Remembrance Sunday.

Every year we take part in the Remembrance Service, parading our flag and laying a wreath.

 

During the year the Brownies have also taken part in a mini monster activity afternoon with the Long Stratton Brownies. We were visited by Giant African Land Snails, a Giant Centipede, a Tarantula, a Corn Snake and a Bearded Lizard. There were also a variety of crafts along a similar theme. 

At the end of November the girls visited the Archive Resource Centre (ARC) to find out about the history of Brownies from the 1940's to date. They then went across the road to the Hautbois  Activity Centre to try their hand at 'Bushcraft'.

 

In the new year they joined 100s of other Girlguiding members, around the country, at the special screening of ‘Mary Poppins Returns’.

On our nearest meeting to 22nd February we celebrate Thinking Day. This year the girls found out about their place in the worldwide Girlguiding family.

In March, some of the girls went to the John Innes Centre, joining 250 other Brownies at the Wonder of Words (WOW) Festival. The girls listened, and did actions to, stories told by the Norfolk Library service, swapped a book, found out about DNA and met author Zeb Soanes and illustrator James Mayhew.

 

The Brownies have done 2 skill builder badges. For their first badge they either did Communicate or Innovate.

The girls doing the Communicate badge have made their own game of top trumps about different ways of communicating, looked at how emojis are used to express feelings, tried communicating using the phonetic alphabet, learnt some techniques to over come nerves when speaking in public, and the British Sign Language alphabet.

The group working on their Innovate badge produced a collage picture to tell a story, designed a 500cm zip wire for a cuddly toy, have been challenged to decide which ball is best for which task eg bouncing along a straight line or throwing into a bucket, and have been using junk to build the tallest tower and find out how much stronger a triangle is than a square.

The second skill builder, Camp, everyone joined in with. We visited Cherry Tree Farm so we could build and light fires to cook on, after learning how to keep ourselves and our camp site safe. We also went for a walk to the community wood, emptying all the puddles along the way!

The Brownies would like to thank Mr & Mrs Matthews for allowing us to meet at their home.

 

Some of the Unit Meeting Activities the Brownies have done include answering questions about money, miming their favourite holiday destinations and using their imagination to persuade us to put an object into our ‘Museum of Imagination’ eg a yellow plastic duck belonged to, and was played with in the bath by, Henry VIII.

 

We finished the term with a joint meeting with the Rainbows playing bingo, which raised £190. The evening was organised by Cookie Owl, who raised the money so she could join other members of Girlguiding on 28th September in London to walk a marathon. The aim of the event in London is to raise money to assist girls to travel aboard with Girlguiding. Cookie Owl has been able to go to India and Canada with Girlguiding and she would like to help other Guides and Rangers have similar opportunities. 

If you would like to know more about the Rainbows or Brownies please contact Imogen on 01953 788917.

If you or your daughter would like to become involved in Girlguiding please visit www.girlguiding.org.uk/interested