Once we had collected our kit and sorted out our rooms - watching some of them try and put a duvet cover on was amusing - the first activity was the infamous jog and dip and the chance to jump in the icy waters of the lake.
Having dealt with this brain freeze, anything was possible and the students have risen to challenge after challenge over the last five days, proving to themselves that they can achieve so much more than they realised. This has increased their self-confidence and improved their levels of resilience and determination - qualities that are so important in life.
They have struggled to overcome their fears of heights and water, climbed up waterfalls, camped wild in the mountains with no tent, walked up massive hills (despite their blistered feet) while carrying heavy backpacks and learned to work as a team with others they may not normally talk to. As one student said, " I have learned so much about myself and what I can achieve."
I hope the photos below will give you a glimpse of their experience. I will post more on the Successes page of the website in due course.
My thanks to all the parents who made it possible for their child to attend, to Miss Long for her hard work in making it happen and to SGN for their support and sending Stef and Richard as ambassadors who made such an excellent contribution to the week.
|Getting ready for the gorge walk|
|Choosing food for the expedition|
|Briefing for the climb up Hollin How|
|Do we really have to walk that far?|
|Those packs look heavy!|
|Are we there yet???|
|Trying to sort out a bivouac shelter|
|Food in a bag - after 4 hours of walking, it|
tasted better than it looks!
|Cooking dinner - the temperature dropped |
to zero the night we camped
|The campsite at Angle Tarn with some red deer|
and a fox who stole our litter bag for company
|A typical view|
|Marshmallows around the campfire on the last night|