From Mr Hoare, Mr Findlay, Mr Forsey, Miss Williams and Miss Gregory:

The eagerly anticipated Year 8 Leavers trip departed a little later than expected on Monday 11 June but with all pupils in good spirits the journey to our destination, Llangorse, Brecon Beacons National Park in Wales past quickly. 

To say the weather was unforgiving for our days away would be an understatement but everyone dug deep and didn’t let the conditions dampen our mood.

Sugarloaf camp was our destination for four nights and the tents were clean with ample space. We were situated in the heart of the camp under the shadow of the high ropes course and in view of the climbing wall. Our communal marquee became the focal part of the camp, tents were arranged in a horseshoe shape with a large grassy area for games and letting off steam.

Due to the size of our Year 8 group we split into three activity groups and rotated around the activities on offer. Days were organised into a morning session starting at 09:30 after a 08:30 breakfast and the afternoon session starting at 14:30 after lunch at 12:30 supper from 18:00 with a evening entertainment programme. Each session ran for approximately 2.5 hours. Some on site and the water-based ones only and a short drive away.

Over the course of our stay all Year 8 pupils engaged in the following activities: wall climbing, high ropes course, crate stack challenge, kayaking and sit on top kayaking, hill walk, leadership task; mission impossible and night line, archery, air rifle shooting, campfire, generation game and a quiz.

It is fair to say that after some initial trepidation on some activities, the pupils engaged with a true Growth Mindset and rose to the challenge to experience the new. The staff were delighted to receive compliments from the Acorn Adventures Outdoor Activity Centre staff regarding pupils generally politeness and manners.

Conanti Dabitur could not ring more true. A phenomenal effort from all on the final day. Activities included: hill walk and sit-on kayaks. The Year 8’s worked remarkably as a team when listening to instructions. Two groups participated in high ropes which consisted in patience and working together with each others partners. The other group despite the cold rainy weather, persisted with great spirits during the kayak activity. The night ended with a camp fire with everyone eating marshmallows and singing along.

It was felt that all pupils had grown measurable over the course of the four days, thoroughly enjoying themselves and creating unforgettable memories. They were a true credit to themselves, their school and their families. Our staff would like to congratulate and commend the class of 2019 on their achievements in Wales!

Now back at school the Leavers’ Programme continues with many more adventures to be had!

Myles M: “This trip is something special.”

Milly H-K: “My favourite part of the day today was working with my team.”

Nathan M: “This is the best walk I’ve ever gone on. Days of our lives.”

Harry SC: “Always excited to do kayaking as it’s my passion.”

Issac: “Experiencing the new.”