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We don’t just think that children should have a residential trip because they are fun, although that is of course an important element. Our programme of residential trips from Forms 3 to 8 is designed to increase children’s self-esteem and confidence, increase the ability of children to relate to and work with others, to build in progression from year to year, and increase children’s skills and risk management.

On Friday parents were invited to an assembly from Form 4 who wanted to share their residential trip to Brenscombe Outdoor Centre before half term.

It began with the children using one word to sum up their adventure. They said ‘Our residential was…..extreme, unforgettable, incredible, amazing, nerve wracking, exciting, challenging, exquisite, fun-filled, fantastic, adventurous, outstanding, super-duper, spectacular, extra-ordinary, wonderful’.

If that wasn’t enough they wrote an acrostic poem about their time at Brenscombe:
Bed making was hard!
Rafting and canoeing in the first afternoon
Everlasting fun all day long
New experiences to try
Scrumptious dinners
Cosy campfire
Over-coming our fears
Magical night walk
Brilliant instructors
Energetic non-stop adventures

They also made a video of their exciting few days away and we would like to share it with you. They chose the song called ‘The Climb’ by Miley Cyrus as it reflects their feelings, especially in the second verse where she sings:

The struggles I’m facing
The chances I’m taking
Sometimes might knock me down, but
No, I’m not breaking
I may not know it
But these are the moments, that
I’m going to remember most, and I’ve
Just got to keep going

After returning to school after half term, the children have been amazing reflective learners and we have thought carefully about their own struggles, challenges and obstacles which they overcame on residential. We had the most amazing time and the children learnt so much about themselves and each other.

If you would like to see the video on their residential please click on the link below.

Lastly a great big thank you to Mrs Baker for her support and care of the children on the trip.

Ian Stazicker

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