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Year Five residential hailed as ‘best trip ever’


The wet weather did nothing to dampen Year Five’s enthusiasm as they took part in a range of fun activities on their exciting residential.

The Hollowford Centre in Castleton played host to the energetic pupils for three days and pupils were able to challenge themselves and work on their team-building skills in the great British outdoors.

After an informative briefing and sorting out the important bed and dorm situation, the girls and boys were split up into groups and got stuck straight into the activities.

On site, some pupils took on team challenges such as rafting and the zip wire whilst, off site, others went caving or spent the afternoon at Higgar Tor weaselling and bouldering. In the evening, pupils went walking up and over Back Tor using head torches.

The second day saw some of the challenges become a little trickier thanks to the rainfall but the girls and boys took this in their stride as they went caving in Giant’s Hole.

The wet and wild start to the final day again did nothing to deter our resilient pupils as some braved the elements to take on the high challenges, whilst others did team challenge activities and orienteering. The remaining groups went off site to cave and weasel again.

By the afternoon, the weather had improved dramatically and the sun was shining on Higgar Tor. This meant that it was a great final session as the pupils climbed over, slid down and went through a wide range of boulders.

The trip certainly hit the right note with animated Year Fives excitedly telling their parents all about the residential. Lola F’s mum, Katie, said: “The residential was the ‘best trip ever’ according to Lola, she just loved it! We thought she would be exhausted on Friday but she was very lively and keen to recount minute by minute all her activities and fun!”

Meanwhile, Robert L’s mother Lisa added: “Robert came back very tired but excited and with lots of stories about the adventures he’d had over the three days. His personal favourites seemed to be the rock climbing and night caving.

“What was lovely to see was that he was pleased with himself and felt proud of what he had achieved during the trip and it was also clear from what he said that, as well as their own personal achievements, there was a great focus on teamwork and team challenges.”