Plas Gwynant Year 9 Trip

Students took part in a range of activities, from mountain walking to abseiling, canoeing and gorge walking.

The course was different this year as we had a new focus - Plas Gwynant wrote a course just for us based around the Growth Mindset.

Through the activities, therefore, students were challenged to be resilient and to come up with strategies to enable them to complete tasks which they found particularly difficult.

For some, the social and emotional aspects of working together and helping others was a challenge that needed to be overcome.

The staff were all very proud of how students applied themselves to these challenges, whether physical, emotional or social.  

The next step for the students is to remember that through resilience and not being afraid to fail people are capable of much more than they think they are - and then apply this to the challenges they face for the rest of their lives.

Student Feedback

“The thing that pushed me to the limit was the gorge walking because we had to climb a massive water fall and swim through ice cold water. I told myself I couldn’t do it and I swam back but then Sir told me I could and he helped me across and I believed in myself and I got up the waterfall. Also, I got over my big fear of heights which I thought I never would achieve.The growth mindset stuff didn’t bother me at school because there is nothing I thought I needed to grow on, by coming to Wales has challenged me physically and mentally and helped me change my fixed mindset on heights and cold water. Thank you everyone for making the trip happen.”


“Plas was an amazing. Genuinely one of the most amazing experiences I have ever had with school! The meals were amazing, the activities were a once in a lifetime opportunity and the accommodation was perfect. 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 really challenging but made us work as a team and bond with people we wouldn’t usually hang around with. We were worked harder than usual but once we finished the tasks we felt glad and shocked that we did something we were so worried or scared about. It is for everyone and you should definitely sign up even if you don’t like sports because its more than just that. The meals were nice, the accommodation was amazing and the views were even better! 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 will go on 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.


17 Mar 2017

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