As we do every year we promote positivity, teamwork, awareness and empower girls to be who and what they want to be. There’s no better way to build trust, friendships and memories than activities that bring our students together to work and laugh. To unite our students into new forms, Years 8 to 11 spent their second day back in school, out of school on an activity day. As they set off, students did not let their rainy start stop their enthusiasm for adventure.
Specific activity days were planned to bring together every year group – with team building events, challenges, adventuring and outdoor pursuits. This included: raft building, zip lines, canoeing, archery, go karting, grass sledging, bumper balls, bush craft, ropes, and climbing.
Working in their forms, Year 8 students were challenged at West Yorkshire’s ultimate outdoor adventure centre: Another World Adventure. There were activities for body and mind, including building a go kart and racing against each other, navigating their way through a cobweb of ropes, playing games in bumper balls and to congratulating each other as they aimed for bullseye in archery. All students had fun, made new friendships, challenged themselves and cheered on their peers.
Year 9 visited Tropical World and took on challenges at Roundhay Park, Leeds recreating the ‘Roundhay Garden Scene’,
photographing class mascots throughout the park, balancing as an impressive human pyramid and creating optical illusions. Their visit was topped by a popular and delicious afternoon tea-style lunch in the Mansion.
Year 10 pushed themselves physically and mentally at Go Ape at Temple Newsam, taking on the challenge of the continuous belay course, spending 3 hours aloft in the trees, securely attached to a safety line, but with the added challenge of needing to move their carabinas in order to complete the course. Back on the ground, there were other team challenges with Go Ape group coordinators. Students had to work collaboratively to compete challenges with set deadlines, and think creatively in games like minefield and block challenges. Students broke out of their comfort zones and grew in independence with lots of fun along the way.
Year 11 arrived at Peak Underbank in Sheffield to bright sunshine for their full on adventure. From archery to climbing, raft building to canoeing, the Year 11s had a fantastic time enjoying being with friends and overcoming challenges. Some of our adventurers even felt brave enough to jump in the lake. Thank goodness for their organisation and bringing a change of clothes! They enjoyed a wonderful packed lunch provided by our new catering team in the outdoor tent.
Students were wonderful representatives of the school and had a day filled with laughter.
Thank you to Roundhay Park, Temple Newsam, Peak Underbank and Another World Adventure Centre for such a fantastic time.