Ullswater Experience

Posted at 12:47 pm on 11th January, 2018

Over 184 year 7 students attended the Outward Bound Centre at Ullswater in Cumbria for a split week of outside classroom experiences.  We believe that learning outside the classroom is a vital part of a student’s education.  The Outward Bound residential visit is the first step on this learning adventure.

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The main purpose for this residential was for the students to have increased awareness of their own skills and whilst improving their confidence and self-belief in their abilities.

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All students and staff took part in team building and physical challenges including mountain walking, canoeing, “jog and dip” and other outdoor activities.  All the students attempted every challenge, making the most of their time at the centre and achieving great personal goals. This year the weather challenged the students, with Storm Caroline giving the students a bit of a rough ride. But a seasonal snow fall and lots of snowball fights and snow men ensured a happy ending to their first Outward Bound experience.

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Miss Longden tweeted: ‘Extremely privileged to have spent 3 days at @OutwardBoundUK with a great group of year sevens hiking, jog and dipping and toasting marshmallows’

Mrs Hazeldine tweeted: ‘Exhilarating time @OutwardBoundUK Ullswater with Y7! Amazing learning outside the classroom @FlixtonGS #aspiration #empowerment #excellence.’

Mrs Bates, trip organiser said: ‘I firmly believe that ‘learning outside the classroom’ is crucial to a young person’s development, helping them to become independent from parents, to work as part of a team, to develop self-confidence and communication skills. Everyone who took part should be very proud of themselves and what they achieved.’

Dave Challis from Outward Bound commented ‘The presentations from the students, at the end of the course, were really good; I really appreciated hearing about their reflections and share their experiences so confidently. It is lovely to see the students progressing through the Outward Bound courses.’