Thirty pupils from year 3 were extremely excited to attend their residential at Rock and Rapid adventures, South Molton on Thursday 15th and Friday 16th March.
Upon arrival at the centre the children were shown around their accommodation and then took part in some ice breaker activities in their groups, where it was quickly decided that the grounds were extremely muddy, which only increased the fun! After a break for lunch it was onto the activities: climbing, abseiling, team building and low ropes. These were all run on a carousel basis, two on the Thursday afternoon and the remaining two on the Friday morning. Throughout all of these activities were the running themes of working together and trying your best; something achieved by all of the pupils on the trip. This ranged from belaying for their friends when climbing and making sure there was room for their entire team on each platform during the low ropes, to the constant encouragement throughout every activity.
After the completion of two activity sessions, the group sat down to eat their well-earnt barbeque for dinner before setting off for the evening activity of shelter building. The group built an excellent shelter. It was after they had finished the shelter and started the walk back that it decided to rain - not that this was going to dampen the spirits of this group who knew that a mug of hot chocolate would be waiting for them upon their return to the accommodation to finish the day on a warming note.
The children were all up early and excited for the start of activities on the Friday, helped by the smell of breakfast coming from the kitchen, and soon were participating in their final two activities with the same zest that they had shown on the Thursday. Once these activities had finished it was time for lunch (of which a particular highlight was getting to make your own sandwiches!), before ensuring the bag bus was loaded and the accommodation was clean and tidy before the return journey to school to share all of their exploits.
The entire group really enjoyed the residential experience. Luca, Leo and Eli were unable to decide on the favourite activity. In fact their call of "all of them" was echoed across many of the group. Furthermore, the instructors commented regularly on both the positive attitude and the behaviour of those pupils who attended this residential, and are already excited to greet the second half of the year group next week.