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Outdoor adventure on Year Six residential

Year Six pupils travelled to North Wales for a full and fun few days in the outdoors for their annual residential.

The girls and boys excitedly arrived at the Arête Centre near Caernarfon around midday to good weather and, after a briefing and some lunch, they headed straight outside to immerse themselves in the exciting activities.

Some of the groups went canoeing and kayaking on the lake in Llanberis before finishing off with a jump in to the cool water from the pontoon, whilst others made their way to the foot of Mount Snowdon and scrambled up a gorge that offered them a host of challenges to negotiate as a group.

In the evening everyone walked along the seafront to Caernarfon Castle before heading to bed, eager to get their teeth into the following day’s challenges.

The Afon Lledr was the location for some of the groups as they did some clip and climbing around the wall of the river before gorge walking in the Afon Ddu. Other groups went into the mines to explore whilst the rest went to Anglesey to sea level traverse.

The evening activity saw everyone take part in an orienteering competition where they were able to take in the splendid surroundings.

The final day saw the weather turn, but this did not dampen the pupils’ enthusiasm. Groups took part in the activities they had not done on the previous days and some also went multi-pitch scrambling and climbing on Lion Rock before canoe rafting on the lake in Llanberis.

During the trip the adventurers were told how the lake was formed and learnt about its history and connections to the town of Llanberis.

Speaking about the trip and the challenges the pupils encountered, Outdoor Education Co-ordinator Mr Adam Hughes said: “Pupils did fantastically well during the trip. They demonstrated how much they had improved in their ability to work with each other in demanding situations.”