On Friday 15th March we took 67 of our year 8 students up to North Yorkshire for 3 days on our brand new Whitby and Scarborough residential trip. Whilst the weather wasn’t quite what we’d hoped for on Friday morning, spirits were high as we set off on what would be a fantastic weekend for all.
Our first stop was Scarborough and the SkyTrail high-ropes course. Students and staff took it in turns to navigate their way through a wide variety of obstacles spread across 2 levels; one of only a few courses like it in the country. Whilst some students were up in the air, others were enjoying a more scenic tour through Scarborough’s North Bay on the miniature railway. When the fog allowed, students were treated to some fantastic views of the beach and out to sea. Whilst we were in Scarborough, students also went on a walk along the sea front and admired the colourful beach huts. Before the tide came in, one group of students also managed to have a play on the beach and attempts at skimming stones!
After this it was back on the coaches for our short journey to our home away from home for a few nights; YHA Boggle Hole. After some expert driving from our coach drivers Elton and Colin, down the very narrow lane to Boggle Hole, we set off on the steep downhill trek to the hostel. Students weren’t sure what to expect but they did know that it was going to be tiring on the way back up! The hostel did not disappoint; our own private beach, a fantastic patio area and pirate theme added to the charm of this magical location. Once students were settled in we went for dinner – chicken or vegetable curry – followed by a team quiz, expertly led by Miss Holmes.
We started Saturday morning with a full cooked breakfast and then made our way back up the hill to the coaches and headed to Whitby. Our first stop was the historic Whitby Abbey. Students spent some time wandering around the grounds of this impressive former abbey and the setting for some of the scenes in Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Students were then set a drawing or photo challenge: who could create the best sketch/drawing or take the best photo of the abbey? We had some stunning entries from our creative students!
After a quick picnic lunch at the abbey we made our way down the 199 steps, around the bay and onto the beach. Students had the freedom to paddle in the sea, play some beach games or simply relax with friends. The weather stayed dry but we certainly weren’t in danger of getting sunburnt! As the tide came in we moved to a nearby arcade for an hour or so on the games there. Students also had the time to buy some seaside fish and chips or ice cream (or both in some cases!) and there were lots of happy faces and full stomachs by the end. We made our way back to the coach, stopping for a bit of souvenir shopping on the way and returned to the hostel for a bit of time on Boggle Hole beach and some free time. Burgers and chips followed by prize bingo on the patio were a big hit that evening.
We woke up on Sunday to glorious sunshine and it was warm enough for some of the group to sit outside for breakfast. Once we’d packed our cases, we began the gruelling task of carrying them back up the hill to the coaches. Our final attraction during our trip was Eden Camp; a British military and social history museum set on the site of an old Italian prisoner of war camp. As students made their way through the huts, they experienced the sights, sounds and smells of life during wartime. Each of the huts has a particular focus, some of which are: the Blitz, the U-Boat menace, women at war and Civil Defence. Eden Camp also hosts an impressive collection of military vehicles and equipment and many students were shocked by the sheer size of some of them.
As we returned to the coaches, ready to start our return journey, we had lots of exhausted students but I’m confident that it was a weekend well spent. When we launched this trip we wanted to offer students a real mix of culture and history, relaxation and fun and opportunities for bonding and teamwork and I hope you agree that we achieved this.
Please pass on my thanks as well as those of all the staff team for the amazing behaviour, determination and pro-social behaviour that all the students showed over the trip.
We’ve set up an email address for the trip: firstname.lastname@example.org. We’d love for you to get in touch with any feedback either you or your children may have as well as any photos they may have taken during the trip that we could use to promote it next year! Thank you in advance for this.
Mr A Stevenson Trip Leader
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