Year Six tackle coastal challenges

Year Six pupils had a fantastic time on their three-day residential trip to the Arete Outdoor Education Centre near Caernarfon in North Wales.

Upon arriving at the centre the boys and girls were provided with essential information during a briefing before heading off to take part in their first activity.

Three groups went down to the lake for a canoe session whilst the others ventured to the Menai Straights to go rafting. In the evening everyone went for a walk along the sea front where they were provided with stunning views of Anglesey after getting to Caernarfon Castle.

Day two saw the pupils go gorge walking and sea level traversing. The gorge walkers made their way up by scrambling, climbing and wading up the gorge and showed excellent teamwork as they had to rely on each other to complete the task safely. The pupils really showed their true grit and almost everyone took the plunge and did the final jump at the end of the walk.

On the final day, after a filling breakfast, the pupils went off in groups to either venture down a mine or visit the local lake where they were charged with creating a canoe raft using spares and ropes to lash it all together.

After paddling against the wind to land on the opposite bank, the boys and girls gathered firewood and were shown how to make and light a fire which they then used to make themselves pancakes and toast marshmallows.

Their speedy efforts loading boats and packing away kit gave them the opportunity to jump in off the floating pontoon. Despite the cold day, pupils continued to surprise with their fully committed approach to activities.

Mr Adam Hughes, the school’s Outdoor Education Co-ordinator, said: “It has been a great few days and I have seen a real change in many of the pupils. Some will definitely take new skills forward as they get ready for the challenges that Senior School will hold.”

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