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Cedar’s Year 6’s enjoyed a fun packed weekend at Marchant’s Hill where they had the opportunity to experience exciting outdoor activities whilst developing their courage, perseverance and resilience.
After arriving, the children met their PGL leader for the weekend, Martin, who showed them around and played some get to know you games. We then made our way to the dining hall to have our first meal! After some well-deserved food, everyone made their way to their first activities, including: challenge course, buggy building and abseiling. The challenge course was a particular favourite, with everyone coming back caked in mud! Everyone was really proud of themselves for what they had achieved already on the first day and couldn’t wait for their first evening activity which was campfire. Everybody wrapped up warm and made their way through the dark woods where they gathered around the campfire. The PGL leaders taught them lots of new songs, played games and told stories to keep everyone entertained until they were ready for bed.
After a good night’s sleep, day two presented the challenge of archery, Jacob’s ladder, orienteering and zip wire. The weather wasn’t kind to us as it was pouring with rain but the children (and teachers) didn’t let it dissuade them and after a hearty breakfast, everyone was raring to go! Everyone had tonnes of opportunities to learn loads of new skills. During Jacob’s ladder everyone learnt how to belay (knuckles, pocket, reach around, lock it). Also, during zip wire, lots of children demonstrated their perseverance and resilience to overcome their fear of heights and did an amazing job of making sure they gave it a go, even if it meant only going to the top the tower. Unfortunately, the original evening activity had to be cancelled because the rain just would not go away! But, PGL made sure to put on a movie night. The chosen film was The Greatest Showman and the children had a wonderful time watching and singing along into the night before going to bed.
Another night’s sleep resulted in the final day of the residential. A highlight on this final day was Giant Swing. A healthy dose of perseverance and courage was needed for Giant Swing, especially during the continued downpour and bitter wind! The weather only increased the challenge of both Giant Swing and the Challenge Course which was full of mud and puddles. Everyone enjoyed overcoming the obstacles and it was really pleasing to see pupils support each other to get the whole team around the course. Nobody finished the course without becoming covered in mud from head to toe! A warm shower was a welcome end to the events and there was definitely a sound of snoring on the coach journey home!
All of the pupils should be very proud of their achievements on the residential. Everyone overcame their fears and showed the courage to take risks. This gave them more confidence in their own ability to achieve things they did not think were possible. They worked really well to collaborate in completing the tasks and supporting each other to overcome their fears. A real team effort! They also learnt many skills in becoming more independent as they had to organise their rooms and make sure they kept all of their belongings together. Organisation and preparation were needed to make sure they had everything they needed for the different activities, thus giving them independent learning skills they will be able to transfer back to the classroom. Their behaviour was excellent, and the children were a true credit to the school. Well done Cedar Year 6!
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