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Students at Fleetwood High School push their limits!

A group of 29 students and 4 staff enjoyed a weekend away at an outdoor adventure centre. The trip to the Eric Wright Water Park Adventure Centre in Coniston was undertaken by staff and students at Fleetwood High School. The weekend long activities saw students try their hand at ghyll scrambling, kayaking, canoeing, sailing, high and low rope climbing, climbing 60ft trees, orienteering and much more. The students departed from Fleetwood High School at 4pm, arriving at the Water Park, divided into their teams: Wetherlam, Swirl How, Coniston and Brown Pike, students got stuck straight into an orienteering game which was led by instructors at the park to enable students to find their bearings around the 70 acre stomping ground for the weekend ahead.

Whilst on the trip and with the supervision of staff, students were responsible for ensuring their beds were made, bedrooms cleaned, being on time for every meeting and activity and that the tables for dinner were laid out, dinner served and also cleaned up after every meal. Each team was responsible for dinner service throughout the trip, the best and most probably closest to silver service dining was provided by the Coniston team! Students were expected to make their own lunch independently and select equipment needed for the activities throughout the day, tricky when the weather is a very chilly 2-4o and you are going for a sail around Coniston water.

The trip encourages independence, resilience and team work. From being allowed to roam the grounds to climbing rock faces, this trip really pushed the boundaries for students and allowed them opportunities they would never normally experience.  Miss Orange, the trip leader commented, “It is all part of the experience to broaden horizons and make the students aware that there is a different world to their own”.

Eric wright have noted that opportunities like these can develop children into the adult adventure leaders of the future. At the end of the course, Eric Wright directed students to appropriate clubs in their local area to continue their development and for the case of some future rock climbers and instructors, they didn’t have to look far as Fleetwood High School has their own indoor climbing wall.

Upon their return to school, students on the trip had no hesitation demonstrating their newly found confidence and leadership presenting a Year 8 assembly about their experiences and lessons learnt at the Lakeland Adventure Centre. The students thoughtfully presented staff: Miss Kelly, Mrs Stuchfield, Mr Pennington and Miss Orange, who had dedicated their weekend to the trip with a special gift and thank you card signed by all 29 members of the course. They then presented their year group photographs of them attempting activities they wouldn’t have dreamt of doing previously a good go, along with speeches from students about their time away. Students were then awarded with certificates, and the students nominated by staff and instructors from the park were given ‘Have a Go Hero’ certificates for pushing their personal limits whilst on the residential.