Year 8H and 8I students travelled to Downe Campsite on Friday 7th October for two days of adrenaline pumping activities. The aim of the excursion was to work on team-building skills, collaboration and leadership
SPA Geog 8I Sky High
Figure 1- Team SPA Geog Year 8.
The students worked together on a range of different activities from zip wire to Jacobs ladder. On the Friday students tackled the zip line and archery before having a sing-song round the campfire. There was also the teaching of toasting the perfect marshmallow. Some students were more successful than others (see the photo of Lewis below).
|Just right Joshua!|
|Slightly toasted there Lewis!|
|Joshua travels down the Zip Wire.|
|Lewis finally comes to a standstill.|
|Kyle hanging our!|
|Maria enjoys the zip wire ride.|
|Ademola measuring up the target.|
|Sheldon goes for the Bulls Eye!|
|Paul Yvan aims.|
|Kyle aims to be the next Downe Robin Hood!|
|The evening's entertainment include a dance off!|
On Saturday after a hearty breakfast in our lodge, the students embarked on their first activity of Jacobs Ladder. It was an incredible achievement for the students who made it to the top (Kyle, Joshua and Jason) and to witness the students working as a team to rise to the challenge. It certainly got the thumbs up from Kyle!
|Maria, Kyke and Ademola tackle Jacobs Ladder together.|
|Kyle reaches the top!|
|Lewis, Joshua and Paul-Yvan take to the challenge!|
|8I SKY HIGH|
|Jason gets some much needed Hang Time.|
|Paul-Yvan attempts the climb.|
The final two activities of the day saw the students’ abseil from a tower and participate in the leap of faith. Two daring activities that the students rose to the challenge. The weekend saw these students challenge fears of height, develop lasting friendships and build skills, such as teamwork and leadership, which are transferable to the classroom. I must commend Kyle on his helpfulness to his peers throughout the weekend. Each were a credit to the school even with the 3am Saturday morning bedtime!
|Tranquil and peaceful.|
|What a pose!|
|Serious air time!|
|Good friends Kyle and Lewis.|
|Jason, Sheldon and Ademola.|
|Jason chilling out due to a late night.|
|Ademola before Jacobs Ladder.|
|Paul-Yvan and Joshua.|
After a tiring 3am finish to Friday night/Saturday morning who can blame them?
Thank-you to all staff who gave up their time at the weekend to support the trip, especially to Mr Pinkerton, Mrs Allen and Ms Gregory. Please see the Geography Blog and SPA Geog YouTube Channel for more videos and pictures.