Year 8 leave their comfort zones to reach new heights in the Lake District
In the first week of the summer term, 58 Year 8 students made the long journey to Derwentwater in the Lake District for a week of outdoor and adventurous activities.
They stayed at Derwent Hill Activity Centre, a beautiful Georgian manor house on the lake bought in 1962 by war veteran John Bridge, initially for the enjoyment of young people in the North East. Since then, it has expanded to provide opportunities for young people all over the world to explore the beauty of the lakes. The students were also interested to learn that the house just down the road belonged to the famous author Beatrix Potter.
Throughout the week pupils participated in a variety of activities including a gorge decent, canoeing, climbing, mountain adventures, high ropes, orienteering and not forgetting the ‘death swing’! The students stepped out of their comfort zones, they showed immense courage in doing this, conquering fears and developing new skills in leadership, problem solving and team work.
The immense beauty of the Lake District was one of the highlights of the trip for many pupils as they walked great distances during their mountain adventures. The students themselves commented that it had been worth the effort once they reached the summit and were able to take in the breath taking views. Other highlights of the trip included hot chocolate and movies in the evenings, conquering the ‘death swing’, building and launching rockets and most of all, spending time with their friends in beautiful surroundings.
It was a fantastic week enjoyed by students and staff alike, and hopefully future Year 8 students will have the opportunity to explore and experience the same next year.
Published on: 20th April 2018