Aberdovey Adventures

Posted at 12:30 pm on 27th March, 2019

Over 85 year 8 students were given the opportunity to further their Outward Bound adventures with a trip to The Outward Bound Trust Aberdovey (Wales) centre. At FGS we are committed to ensuring that all our students are able to participate in Outward Bound courses throughout their time with us.

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We believe that learning outside the classroom is a vital part of our students’ education. The impact of taking our girls into a different environment; encouraging them to work better as a team, build self-confidence and take personal responsibility is outstanding. The difference both at home and in school is often remarkable.

The five day programme continues to assist the students in acquiring a range of transferable skills that will help them to realise their full potential; achieving personal and team goals around the schools founding principles of ‘Aspiration, Empowerment and Excellence’.

On this trip the year 8 students were also escorted by two 6th form mentors Raegan and Jessica Wallworth. The Outward Bound instructors could not praise our 6th formers enough, saying, ‘They are amazing young ladies who were an inspiration to the younger students.’

The year 8 students had a fantastic time and everyone got involved in the activities.

Maddison Lally commented: ‘It was great completing the different activities especially jumping into the Irish sea, these are things that I don’t normally get to do.”

Erin Coward said, ‘The experiences took me out of my comfort zone, meaning that I learn about my own abilities and grow as a person.’

Quadsia Naeem commented, ‘You think that you can’t do something or you don’t want to do it, but when you have done it, you love it and want to do it again.’

Mrs Bates commented, ‘The students were challenged from the moment they reached the Outward Bound Centre but they all had a go at everything that was put before them. The weather conditions challenged some students on the expedition, but they all came through with smiles on the faces. I am proud of the achievements that our students made and I love to hear their comments on how much they enjoyed the experience.’

The Aberdovey Centre stands within its own 40 acre grounds above the picturesque fishing village of Aberdovey. It has easy access to the mountain ranges of mid-Wales and has its own waterfront activity centre.  

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During their activity packed adventures our students had to face their fears and join forces to accomplish tasks such as climbing ‘The Wall’, mountain walks, map reading, canoeing, jetty jump, one group had the opportunity to do combat crawland, a gorge walk. Everyone strove to overcome their fears whilst making new friends and increasing their skills and awareness of their own and others abilities.