My experience of Bushcraft
Being new to the school, I was a bit nervous going on Bushcraft. It turned out to be a terrific experience! I think it was a great opportunity to get to know my new classmates. I also learned new skills and ways to survive in the wild. The highlight for me was the campfires every night. It was very nice to be with everyone surrounding the warmth of the fire.
Something else I really enjoyed was learning first aid. We were on a nature walk and suddenly we saw a ‘plane crash’ and our teachers were pretending to be unconscious. We had to use the skills we had learned to save them. It was a great activity and taught us a lot. One more thing I also relished were the fun games out in the woods. They were so fun and taught us camouflage skills.
Overall I think Bushcraft was a fantastic opportunity to get to know everyone and a great start to the new year at the upper school.
When we arrived, we found the friendly and enthusiastic staff already waiting and waving for us outside. As we stepped out of the bus we were all talking intently to each other, wondering how our trip would be! We didn’t know what to expect, but we were all instantly laughing together as soon as they told us we could go and set up our things.
When we all gathered around the campfire shortly after, the fun began! We learned many useful skills; from basic first aid (when we had to save our teachers from the burning wreck of a plane!) to how to light our very own fires with a flint and steel (which was easier than I thought) where we later cooked our delicious lunch and dinner!
Each new day was packed with fun activities I didn’t even know I could do, like making camping pegs out of twigs and sticks we found in the forest, which we later used for making small animal traps of our own (we did have to take them down so we didn’t hurt anything though).
By the end of our time at the camp I was sad to go. I was left with a sense of happiness and excitement from toasting marshmallows in the night, and my voice hoarse from talking and laughing. Although I had arrived a bit uncertain, I left feeling I had gained great friends and looking forward to a year with them.
M2/3 Residential Trip - Kingswood Activity Centre
I thought Kingswood was a good bonding experience. Jacob's Ladder was a good lesson in working together, and the seesaw was scary but exciting. The 3G swing was great as well, and I loved sharing rooms. My friends and I got to see each other at night and in the morning, even if we were in separate groups. The food was also good, and I enjoyed my visit very much.
The Kingswood trip was exciting and fun. I had a very good time and we did a lot of fun activities. My personal favourite was the equilibrium, which was a see-saw in the air and we had to balance it out. It was very fun and enjoyable.
Another great activity was the 3G swing which was when there was a swing with a harness and we had to work together to pull the swing into the air, and once you were up there, you had to pull a green cord to release the swing. There was a moment of shock which was very fun. Overall the trip was very good, the food was good, the staff were friendly and an overall good experience.
We went to Kingswood. I’ve never been to another place with classmates as a school trip, so I was so looking forward to it.
We did so many interesting things, but the most interesting thing was dorm room time. Actually I went to another student's room in the middle of night, we were singing and shouting there. That was one of the most fun things in my life.
Through this school trip, I made new friends and got good experience. Everything was great. I want to go on a school trip one more time.
M4/5 Residential Trip - PGL
Last week I went on the M4/5 residential trip to Surrey! We were at a PGL site, which offered a large range of enjoyable activities. It was a great bonding experience, not only between the students but with the teachers as well.
I personally enjoyed Problem Solving, as well as Jacob’s ladder the most! They both involved a lot of team work, and offered challenges we had to overcome! The Sensory Trail was also extremely enjoyable, we played games such as Marco and Polo before attempting to go on a trail with many obstacles. It allowed us to experience what it might be to lose our sight, so it was also very ‘eye-opening’ in a way.
I also enjoyed the amount of free time we got, it gave us the opportunity to have fun without having a specific task to complete. One of my favourite highlights of the entire trip was the impromptu M4 water fight we had in the dark! Overall, I really enjoyed the trip and I’m sure it will be one that sticks in my memory forever!
The PGL residential trip this year was an overall amazing experience. PGL offered a whole range of brilliant activities, but I especially enjoyed the big swing, the obstacle course and Jacob's ladder. Even when it started to get difficult on Jacob's ladder, each team persevered and tried their hardest to get to the top! Both the obstacle course and Jacob's ladder were team activities that really made me get to know my new classmates better!
One of the highlights of the trip was the sensory trail. We had to walk through a trail together blindfolded, while holding a rope and each other's shoulders to guide us. We had to dodge and go around obstacles while communicating with each other! It really made me put my trust in the rest of my class!
The food at PGL was much better than I expected and the desserts at dinner were delicious! I really appreciated the amount of free time we got, it allowed us to bond with everyone on the trip and explore! During our free time, a few of us had a spontaneous water fight that ended in us being soaked with water from head to toe. I had a lot of incredible experiences at PGL and I hope that everyone else enjoyed the trip as much as I did!
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PGL was one experience to remember! I had a great time bonding with new people and getting to know a little bit more of my capabilities too! I was able to test my skill against different activities such as my accuracy in rifle shooting, or challenging my fear of heights in climbing! Every day and night was an event to cherish as I shared great times with my roommates and activity group!
I remember each morning waking up at 6:30am and seeing everyone meeting outside talking about how tired they probably were, it was funny as I myself wasn't always tired.
I also remember co-inventing a mini game with Hugo in M4 which is a cricket and tennis hybrid style game. That is something we share our pride upon and enjoy doing to pass the time!
The staff at PGL were funny and great to talk to, they helped us whenever we were confused and made the overall experience better.
I will definitely miss PGL and I hope that in the future, I may someday return and make a grand arrival!
The camp overall was very good. We had a lot of fun and all of the instructors and teachers were really nice. Everyday, the day was full of activities. We didn't get much rest during the day but we got all of the lost energy back during night time. We had to wake up super early to clean ourselves and fill our stomachs. All of the free time we got, we boys spent on playing more sports like football and basketball. The most fun we had was probably on the Giant Swing which was really scary but fun at the same time. The scariest activity was the Jacobs Ladder, it was still really fun to do. I would definitely recommend the next M5's to visit the same camp.