Junior Camp in the Peak District

Last week Year 5 and Year 6 set off to the Peak District for their annual camp. The weather was challenging at times, even fierce – but the pupils showed enormous strength of character and perseverance. They enjoyed a rotation of activities including high ropes, weaseling (climbing through small tunnels and gaps made by boulders) mountain biking, Forest School and a hike between Grindleford Station and Higger Tor.

Mr Fletcher said that ‘Camp provides excellent learning opportunities especially in challenging weather such as how to manage oneself, what clothing is needed, where to look for some relief from the worst conditions and how to look after others in the group.’

Mrs Lowe, one of the parent volunteers reported ‘Camp was one of the best experiences I have ever had, even with the very cold and very wet weather! The food was wonderful, masterminded by our resident chef, Mr Hulett, one highlight being the 33 huge handmade pizzas enjoyed on the last night.’

‘The weather was against us, but the children managed really well, and when not on scheduled activities, cheerfully played football and Capture the Flag (a firm Heritage favourite) continued with Forest School activites led by Mr Catley, and on the last night enjoyed a camp fire with marshmallows.’

Many thanks to all the staff and parents helpers who worked so hard to make this possible.