19th May 2017
On Monday 8 May, fifteen excited students set off for the Year 9 residential journey to Edale Youth Hostel in the Peak District, full of anticipation for an adventurous week. After settling into the accommodation, perched on the side of Kinder Scout, they embarked on a “night walk” through fields of sheep, lambs and one or two farm yards. As the sun’s glow faded, they watched the moon rise over Mam Tor. The wild life they observed during the week included curlews, buzzards, rabbits, foxes and even a herd of wild red deer.
The week’s activities included canoeing, “weaselling” (scrambling over and through rocks), abseiling, raft building, (where a few students got quite wet...) archery, caving, leap of faith, orienteering, and much more. Every evening, after supper, there were different team-building activities including a treasure hunt and the “egg challenge”. They learnt about the geology of the Peak District and the way in which stalagmites and stalactites are formed.
With expert tuition from the YHA activity staff, the students were encouraged to have a go at absolutely everything. The staff were delighted to see the way the Year 9 students encouraged each other, it was a joy to see the smiles of achievement when students had completed a challenge.
One member of the YHA staff remarked about one of our students that it was very
rare to see such kindness shown by someone so young, as they helped someone out in
the “weaselling” activity.
The group were very well looked after by the activity leaders and the YHA staff.
Nothing was too much for them. The food was plentiful and deliciously prepared
by the chef.
The staff accompanying the trip to Edale were delighted and inspired with the way
in which the students responded to the challenges and how they all made an effort to
come out of their comfort zones and try something new. Well done Year 9.