Ullswater Residential Year 8 2014

Our students enjoyed activities designed to provide physical, social and team building experiences

Ullswater Residential 2014

Year 8 students recently enjoyed a very successful residential visit to the Outward Bound Centre on the edge of  Lake Ullswater in the Lake District.  The group endured adverse weather during their stay including wind, rain and even snow  but took part in the full programme of activities designed to provide physical, social and team building experiences such as orienteering, rock climbing, rope challenges and raft building to name but a few.

This was a fantastic opportunity for pupils to experience the outdoors and new adventures in a safe environment. It provided excellent opportunities for personal development, social interaction and a discovery of self. Ullswater Residential staff commented on the exemplary attitude and behaviour of the students and their eagerness to be involved and work as part of a team.

“I loved the Ullswater residential because we had to go out of our comfort zone.”
— Liam Hunter 8W

“Ullswater was one of the best experiences of my life. I made lots of new friendships that will hopefully last forever.”
— Niamh Currie 8C

“I was really worried because all my friends were on the other side to me, but now I have made lasting friendships with other people.”
— Phoebe Dunsire 8D

“Ullswater was one of the greatest experiences of my life. I will never forget my time in Ullswater.”
— Ed Fieldhouse 8W

“The residential to Ullswater was a hugely successful trip. The students were able to participate in a wide range of activities and will have brought back memories that will stay with them for a long time. Many students achieved feats that they did not think possible: from conquering fear of heights and swinging on
the trapeze; pushing themselves to complete the big expedition and camp in freezing conditions, I was left inspired by the vast majority of pupils stepping out of their personal comfort zones and really growing as individuals. As a consequence of their work on conservation, our students received their John Muir awards at the end of the week. It was very rewarding for the staff who accompanied the students to hear such positive comments from the instructors and centre staff about our students’ positivity, enthusiasm and excellent behaviour.

The students were a credit to the school and to you and should now try to build on their achievements, aiming to make the most of outdoor pursuits. The pupils who remained in school were highly commended by staff for their active participation in a ‘Tour de France’ project: the first step in what is undoubtedly going to be an exciting time for the school and the wider community, an opportunity for the students to see the world’s cycling elite on their doorstep.”
— Mr Wilkes, Student Progress Leader Year 8