27 May Outdoor Education at HGS – Outward Bound
What a wonderful week in Wales! We had every type of weather from warm sunshine, heavy rain, strong winds, to snow and hail and Mr Pointon’s group experienced the full brunt of this when they camped on top of the mountain in Snowdonia. They started walking at 9am and made camp by night time after surviving a walk through a deep swamp.
They put up their tents in a storm and one group had to pitch their tent again because they put it too close to a rock and couldn’t get in! The group continued to walk till 5.30pm and then they had to sprint the final mile to catch the train; from here they completed an amazing walk and scramble through a gorge.
All groups completed very important conservation work including clearing the beautiful beach and then digging up and burning rhododendrons. Some groups pruned and cut down trees. Many groups finished this with a bonfire and marshmallows.
Other activities included night walking, the trapeze and Jacob’s ladder, the commando crawl, caving, scrambling, rock climbing and sailing. Mr Flaherty’s group built the most amazing raft (pictured) that stood up to a rough sea.
Most groups did really well and brought back their full £10.00 deposit by looking after all their kit. However one group lost a sleeping bag and several other items so only kept £2.00 each!
All groups reflected at strategic points on their achievements and team skills and how they would use what they had learnt in their future and we are very pleased with seven students who were awarded summer scholarships. This was because they showed leadership skills and were totally committed to the course. Very well done to them.
This trip would not have been possible without all the amazing staff who supported the groups all week and of course all the staff back here at school who looked after their lessons. Thank you to everyone, it was an amazing trip.
Ms Oakley (Assistant Head)