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Year 6 Residential Trip

20 May 2022 (by Mrs Harris (bdps-admin))

The year 6’s gathered excitedly at Grosvenor Hall in Ashford, ready for the adventure of a lifetime. After a tour of the site and a spot of lunch, proceedings began with a roller disco. This proved to be a very energetic start to the adventure but there was to be no let up. It was very much in at the deep end as the next activity was leap of faith. This involved climbing a 15m pole and then throwing ourselves off to punch an inflatable ball suspended in mid-air – don’t worry they were harnessed and attached to ropes the entire time. A much needed dinner was next and then it was time to head to our rooms (I think this is what the children were most excited about). Having settled in, it was time for the evening activity, scrapheap challenge, although this just seemed to be an elaborate way to throw water balloons at Mr. Neill.
After a fairly quiet evening, it was an early wake up call for what proved to
be an action-packed day. The quick-zip wire (which again was around 15m high) was followed by bubble football, team games, orienteering and the crate stack. The crate stack was a brilliant activity that involved a lot of teamwork to build a stack of crates (with children on top of them) which Mr. Neill was then lucky enough to push away and leave the children dangling. The evening included a closely-fought quiz, by which time most of the children were very tired.
After a nights rest, we were greeted by heavy rain. The first activity was an obstacle course, which led to increased
dampness, followed by some environmental art and bracelet making. After a quick lunch, sheltering from the rain, it was time to head home for a well-earned rest.
The children were exceptional. They were brilliant ambassadors for our school and had a wonderful time developing
many new skills and improving others such as: teamwork, determination, how to safely take risks, communication, perseverance, courage and challenge amongst many others. Mr. Neill couldn’t be prouder of how the children behaved, represented our school or of their commitment to every activity.

A massive thank you to Mrs Fenton, Ms Carville and Mrs Clayton who accompanied the trip and themselves were amazing – the trip couldn’t have gone so smoothly without them.