Adventure and excitement on Year Five residential

Seventy-four adventurous Year Five pupils spent three action-packed days at the Hollowford Centre in the Peak District on their residential trip.

Despite some testing weather, the boys and girls had a fantastic time and demonstrated that they had the necessary resilience not only to cope with the weather, but to excel in the activities on offer.

All pupils got the chance to take part in raft building, hill walking, abseiling, caving, zip wire, weaselling, high ropes courses and team challenge sessions during the trip. The sessions ran both during the day and in the evening and this added an extra degree of adventure.

For a number of pupils it was the first time they had been on a multi-day adventure trip away from home and it introduced them to the Outdoor Education and Duke of Edinburgh opportunities that the school provides.

Pupil Luca Golden gained a lot from the trip: “At the start on the high ropes I felt a bit nervous because people were wobbling when they took the first step on the bridge. I felt really good at the end as people gave me encouragement and lots of confidence.”

Holly Batey enjoyed being challenged: “I was the first on the high ropes, when I went on the pegs it was hard and the vines were harder again. When I came down I pretended to be a bird!”

Speaking about the trip, Headmaster Mr Tim Wheeler said: “I very much enjoyed visiting the pupils and having the chance to go on a night hike in the driving rain!

“I was thoroughly impressed with both the Centre and the way in which the children just had a go at everything. Our plan is to take them somewhere a little more adventurous still next year and then, as they move up through the Senior School, this process will continue so that they will be very much ready for Duke of Edinburgh expeditions by the time they reach Third Year.”

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