On Tuesday 6th March a team of 6 staff took an excited group of 51 year 9 students on what would be a challenging and life changing 3 days in Snowdonia this year’s Plas Gwynant Residential.
After a few very nervous weeks before the trip for the trip leaders with the “Beast from the East” having the potential to stop the trip from running (and news that the centre had sent the previous week’s group home early due to the conditions) we were actually blessed with some fantastic weather. This allowed for some great moments where students were able appreciate the incredible environment in which they were learning, growing and developing.
The course the students took part in has been developed between the college and the Plas Gwynant Outdoor Education Centre in Snowdonia, North Wales. It comprises of a wide range of outdoor and adventurous activities ranging from mountain walking to abseiling, canoeing to gorge walking. The main focus of the course is based around the area of Growth Mindset and resilience. Each student had their own very personal challenges to overcome; for some the social and emotional aspects of working together
and helping others, for others it was a fear of heights, some were scared of open water, others felt challenged by being away from home. On the trip every student overcame a fear, emotional or social challenge. They developed new strategies for overcoming individual and team problems, discussing how to progress safely out of their comfort zones to stretch themselves both physically and mentally.
The staff were all very proud of how students applied themselves to these challenges, whether physical, emotional or social. It can be quite an emotive time for both students and staff to see individuals overcome these challenges. The next step for the students is to remember that through resilience and not being afraid to fail that they and others are all capable of much more than they
think they are - and then apply this to the challenges they face for the rest of their lives.
One of my biggest hopes is that all of our students take the memories of Snowdonia with them and that they keep exploring the natural world around them. The students were excellently behaved on the trip, It was an absolute delight to see all the students (and staff) enjoying themselves so much. Every single one of the students have made me extremely proud and I feel so very
privileged to work with such an amazing group of young people. The whole staff team and I would like to say a huge thank you and well done to the students for their adventurous spirit, their kind and funny nature and their courage and resilience that they all have in bucket loads.
“This trip will make you more aware of who you really are; it is challenging but then builds your personality and makes you
want to be outside more – you realise life is more than just social media which most teenagers don’t take notice of. It’s
one of the best trips you can go on at Ivanhoe and the staff make it great too!!”
“It was especially challenging because you get to bond with people that you wouldn’t usually talk to. I made some amazing new friends and will never forget this experience. I would definitely recommend this to anyone interested – even if you wouldn’t class yourself as “sporty” or “outdoorsy” this is 100% the trip for you”
“Plas was an amazing. Genuinely one of the most amazing experiences I have ever had with school! “
“In 20 years I think I’ll remember this trip because all of the opportunities I’ve been given. Also because of the level of care that was given by the Ivanhoe staff and Plas Staff was exceptional and I couldn’t of been more supported through the experience. Before this trip I thought the growth mindset was pointless, but I think that’s because in school I didn’t feel I could apply it because there was nothing I was scared of or feared. When you’re put in a situation where you feel your heart pounding really quick and your legs go a little shaky, the growth mind set really helps you to overcome the challenges you never thought you could complete.”
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