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Residential fosters First Year friendships

First Year pupils cross the stepping stones during their 2022 residential

Chatsworth House and its stunning surroundings played host to First Years as they embarked on their action-packed residential.

After checking in and dropping their belongings off, the girls and boys explored the grounds before heading to the farmyard.

In the working farmyard they encountered a range of animals including chickens, horses and guinea pigs. A particular highlight was feeding the goats!

The Senior School newbies then blew off some steam at the adventure playground – making the most of the swings, zip wire and climbing walls that were on offer. They then took part in team challenges where they had to utilise their communication skills.

Exploration activities were next up for the youngsters as they grabbed their rucksacks and headed out into the countryside. Whilst taking in the wonderful scenery, they crossed bridges, made their way over the famous stepping stones and took a tour of a cave.

Pupil Joseph C said: “I really enjoyed Chatsworth Gardens and the farmyard. The teachers gave us free time to explore and we played games, had a picnic and simply had a brilliant time!”

Sophie K commented: “The trip was amazing and we walked over nine miles! I have never walked that far and I am glad we did it as the views were incredible.”

Annabel H added: “I loved the trip and we had amazing weather! It was so good to spend time with my form and get to know everyone.”

Head of First Year Mr Alex Ehegartner concluded: “The residential was great and it was a pleasure to see the kids enjoying themselves! It is an amazing way for the year group to get to know each other and will be an invaluable experience for them as they embark on their journey at Stockport Grammar Senior School.”