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First Years make memories on unforgettable residential

First Year pupils pose for a photo during their 2023 residential

Pupils in First Year threw themselves into activities during their action-packed residential in the Derbyshire Dales.

Despite some questionable weather conditions, the boys and girls were excited to explore the spectacular grounds of Chatsworth House and the surrounding countryside.

They enjoyed walking through the working farmyard and seeing the wide range of animals and they had lots of fun at the adventure playground.

Team challenges were next up and it was a great test of the teamworking and communication skills of the children.

The youngsters then headed out into the countryside were they made their way over the famous Dovedale stepping stones, did a tour of a cave and took in the stunning scenery.

Pupil Oliver B said: “I learnt lots from the trip, among them were the importance of teamwork and determination. We encouraged each other to push on through the rain on the hike.”

Rishi R remarked: “My highlight was running in the rain and spending time with friends” whilst Aalia Z added: “I loved all of the activities we did and I have made a lot of new friends. Thank you very much!”

Harry J said: “The trip helped me gain independence and resilience” and Jessica L commented: “The residential was a way to challenge myself, meet new people and find my limits. I think it was a positive experience – if you don’t include the torrential rain – and I would recommend it to others.”

Sophie May noted: “I honestly really, really enjoyed the trip. The memories will definitely last a lifetime.”

Head of First Year Mr Alex Ehegartner concluded: “It was so good to witness the children having a great time and enjoying themselves – even despite the weather!

“The residential is the perfect opportunity for the boys and girls in the year group to get to know each other. We hope they take the lessons and skills they have learned from this this amazing experience into the academic year ahead.”