First year pupils get active in Ilam

First year pupils travelled to Ilam in Derbyshire as part of a residential trip where they got to know their classmates.

The year group were split into four groups of complete classes and each group spent two days taking part in a mixture of tours and activities.

Ilam - hill

The trip started on the first morning with a tour of Poole’s Cavern in which the guide gave informative and interesting facts about its formation and history.

Ilam - structure

In the afternoon, the adventurers went for a walk through the stunning countryside surrounding Ilam Hall. The walk took them alongside the River Manifold and the River Dove before crossing over the Dovedale Stepping Stones. They then climbed to the summit of Thorpe Cloud which offered a good challenge to most pupils and their effort was rewarded with great views back to the Hall. In the evening, the groups worked on team-building activities.

Ilam - skipping

On the second day, pupils visited Chatsworth House. The first activity gave them a chance to experience the sculpture exhibition. Members of the Art department went through how to interpret sculpture before the pupils were allowed to explore in small groups. After lunch, there was a tour of the house where the boys and girls asked lots of good questions.

Ilam - jumping

The day finished with a bit of time to blast off any excess energy in the adventure playground.

Ilam - slide

Mr Adam Hughes, the school’s new Outdoor Education Co-ordinator, said: “For me personally, being new to the school, it was a great way to meet lots of the pupils. The children were fantastic and they had a great time. The trip allows them to build relationships with their peers and that will help them throughout their time at the school.”

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