Loch Eil Leadership
Posted at 2:59 pm on 30th November, 2016
Forty five Year 10 students and accompanying staff attended a residential Outward Bound Leadership Skills Course at Loch Eil in Scotland earlier this term.
They all had an early start followed by a seven and a half hour coach journey to prepare them for tackling the week of challenges that lay ahead. The aim of this residential is to empower our students to take on new challenges and overcome them, as this is what makes life interesting and meaningful.
Their week of adventure began with a jog and dip in the Loch - it was a little chilly to say the least! Then a full day expedition involved hiking and camping in a wild and remote place, with only a few deer to observe their tent building skills. The day culminated in camp fire construction and toasting marshmallows before everyone retired to their tents.
The following morning they woke to the glorious sight of snow-capped mountains which provided a great backdrop for more group activities. These included canoeing in the Loch, abseiling, rock climbing and Ms Cronikens group spent four hours climbing the magnificent tree in the grounds of the Outward Bound centre.
The tree climb really tested the resilience of all of the groups and certainly put Ms Croniken out of her comfort zone. It provided some great talking points from all the students and staff. Whilst Mrs Bates group designed their own innovative method of gracefully sliding down slippery slopes which brought a whole new meaning to ‘mud bath’.
During this week of adventure all the girls overcame their own personal challenges as well as assisting each other to become great leaders in their own right. Mrs Bates said ‘They should all be very proud of themselves and what they have all achieved.’
FGS are fully committed to bringing students together and giving them the opportunity to challenge themselves, display their skills, develop their leadership and perform their role effectively. We want to increase students’ awareness of their team working skills, make more use of their initiative and to be able to act as role models for other students in the school and to demonstrate these skills for future employers.