7th October 2016

Ullswater Outward Bound Trip

On Monday 26th September 16 Year 13 students, accompanied by Ms Bell and Mr Veitch, set off for the Lake District to spend 3 days at the Ullswater Outward Bound Centre as part of their Young Enterprise activities.

After settling into their rooms students and staff completed a jog and dip which involved swimming in the lake in just swimming costumes, shorts and t-shirts which proved to be a little chilly! After a hearty meal students then went to sort out the kit that they needed for the following days activities.

On Tuesday we woke up to typically very wet and windy Lake District weather but students were well wrapped up against the elements to complete a hill walk followed by a steep, wet gorge walk. This proved challenging in places as ropes were used for the steep inclines but everyone managed to reach the end. In the afternoon students were set the challenge of completing the Jacob’s Ladder which involved them using climbing equipment to get as high up the ladder as they could. After another excellent dinner students set off with head torches to complete a night walk which consisted of climbing a hill and watching the sun set over Penrith followed by a steep muddy descent. The walk was worthwhile when we returned to hot chocolate at the Centre.

After a hearty breakfast, the final morning consisted of students doing a lot of team challenges to complete a jigsaw puzzle. The event ended with lunch around the campfire followed by toasted marshmallows. Students were presented with their certificates for completing the Outward Bound activities.

Students and staff returned to school somewhat weather-worn and tired but exhilarated after a fantastic experience which proved challenging and pushed them out of their comfort zone. The three days developed excellent leadership and team work skills. Students did themselves proud and were a real credit to the school and were praised by both the Outward Bound and Young Enterprise staff for being such an excellent group of young people.