We think it is so important for pupils to get outdoors and engage with the real world that each year our school fees include a school camp for every pupil from Year 4 and up. Although we had to put these experiences on hold over the past several months, this term we were able to offer a Senior Camp thanks to the extraordinary efforts and enthusiasm of our staff and parents.
During the last week of term, Seniors went to Patteson Lodge Centre in Coltishall near Wroxham in Norfolk, where they spent their days on a series of hikes, canoeing, raft building, bridge building, climbing and abseiling. Years 9, 10 and 11 had the opportunity to complete a DofE Expedition.
These experiences encourage pupils to be confident campers and to enjoy the outdoors. But just as importantly, relationships are strengthened by spending time with one another and undertaking challenges together in a new setting. Pupils are able to stretch themselves personally and have the opportunity to exercise leadership. This type of risk taking helps young people develop confidence that carries over into other areas of life as well.
Thanks to the staff and parents who made it all happen; Mr Appleyard, Mr Atkinson, Mr Bell, Mr Burden, Mr Hulett, Mrs Lowe, Dr Martin, Mrs Pluke, Mrs Scarlata, and Mrs Strachan. Special thanks to Mrs Wren and her catering team – Dr Hadeler, Mrs van Wyk and Miss Bell – for feeding everyone. And of course, for the tireless efforts of Mr Fletcher from start to finish.