The Lower Fourth enjoyed a three-day residential Land and Wave trip to Dorset which included bushcraft, teambuilding exercises and a visit to the water park. The group displayed camaraderie as they acquired new skills and were pushed out of their comfort zone.
Here, Mrs Fi Drinkall, Director of Transition and Integration, reflects on the trip:
“Having not taught the Lower Fourth this year it was enlightening for me to spend some quality time with the group. There are lots of characters and personalities, all with their own talents and unique gifts to bring to the Senior School.
We left the College in good spirits and these certainly spilled over as we got settled into camp. We kicked off with keenly-contested team-building activities followed by a trip to the Dorset Water Park. This proved a real hit with the boys and girls. Teamwork, camaraderie and a fair degree of core stability and creativity were on show and it was heartening to see the group come together with a common goal – to have fun and to make sure the staff got as wet as possible!
The next morning, after a well-received hot breakfast, we took off across the fields to the woods for bushcraft.
Knife skills, wood whittling, food preparation with fish gutting and filleting, partridge plucking, and fire building activities all saw the year group engage in skills that tested both their individual and team capabilities. They equipped themselves very well indeed and genuinely delighted in tasting the trout and partridge that they prepared and was bush-cooked.
Thankfully, the weather continued to hold and even improved as we packed up camp and prepared for our last day on the beach at Sandbanks. Paddle boarding, kayaking and bodyboarding were the events for the day and they did not disappoint. Wet suits on again and we took to the water for the last time.
The trip provided memories that I am sure they will all cherish for years to come. The year group looked after each other throughout and the mutual respect and care they had for each other shone through.”