All staff and pupils had a fantastic time on the KS3 residential in Wales before half term.
The weather was superb and the children made the most of their time away from their studies.
During the week the children visited the National Show Caves of Wales at Dan-Yr-Ogof caves, they were amazed by the sheer size of the Cathedral Hall and the length of the other caves.
On Tuesday all 29 children and 4 members of staff summited the highest peak in Southern Britain. It was a real team effort as the fitter children kept returning to encourage the slower walkers. The team work on display was fantastic. All children summited Pen-Y- Fan together.
Wednesday saw the group splitting in to two main groups with one visiting the Scwd-y-Gwladys waterfall where all children and staff took the opportunity to walk behind the actual waterfall. Some even went the extra mile of washing their hair in the waterfall itself! The other group spent their morning undertaking a river gorge walk resulting where again team work was evident in the way the children supported each other and encouraged each other as they travelled down the river.
Thursday was a great day away from the mountains down on the beautiful Gower beech of Oxford and Three Cliffs Bay. The children loved the opportunity of playing games on the beach or at the nearby sand dunes. There were some very tired children as we returned back.
Friday involved a final pack up and clean before leaving for the Big Pit mine. Children, were again, enthralled at the opportunity of going down to what was one of Wales’ largest mines. The exhibition was brilliant and the children had a real taste for what the mining life must have been like. Following this we drove back to school a group of very tired but very happy people!
A huge thank you to Ms Kerr for organising the whole trip and for Mr Tapley and Mrs Martin for accompanying the Ms Kerr and I on the residential. Needless to say the children’s attitude and behaviour was faultless!