In March we took 40 Year 7 students and 6 staff over to The Oaks Campsite for our BRAND NEW Yr7 Campout Trip. It was a long and tiring weekend but extremely enjoyable for everyone involved. As soon as students arrived, we got stuck straight in and our first mission was to get the tents put up.
Luckily, we’d already had a practice session and so (most of) the tents were up quickly and ready to be slept in. Over the weekend we all had chance to take part in a wide variety of activities from our jam-packed itinerary. Students traversed their way through the adventure trail, tried to stay upright on the mountain board, monkeyed around on the bouldering wall and tried not to get lost in the Black Hole. A particular favourite of mine was the Andy Goldsworthy Art Challenge. Students were tasked with creating a piece of artwork using only the natural materials around them. Leaves, twigs, stones, cones, petals and even recycled materials were used to create all manner of designs from faces, love hearts, spider webs, tents and even a flamingo! Well done to all our budding artists!
Throughout our 2 and a half days on camp, we were treated to the delicious cooking of Mr Mills who kept us all going with freshly cooked meals. The pasta Bolognaise and full English breakfast were two of our favourites. The biggest arguments arose when staff and students were discussing what you should put on your French toast: icing sugar/syrup or brown sauce/ketchup. It was tense at times but the impromptu survey showed the camp was split well and truly down the middle!
The rain stayed away mostly although it did get cold at times. The expert firelighting skills of Mr Tweed were greatly appreciated and hot chocolate by the campfire soon warmed everyone up. There were some trying times for some of our campers as it was their first experience of being away from home or of camping but spirits remained high and everyone got stuck in with lots of enthusiasm. Overall, the campsite staff, the Ivanhoe staff team and I were all so very impressed with everyone who joined us for the trip. There were some fantastic teamwork and leadership skills on show, lots of students demonstrating brilliant resilience and all having a great time.
I’d like to take this opportunity to thank the staff team again for their excellent work throughout the trip; without them we simply couldn’t run our residential trips. And a big thank you to all students who made a weekend of hard work, heaps of fun! Who knows, maybe we’ll see you on one of our residentials in year 8? Best wishes, Mr A Stevenson Trip Leader
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