An exciting start to the term for Year 5

Last week Year 5 had an exciting week in Devon on their PGL residential trip.

Although it was a rather wet week, the rain could not dampen their spirits and they took part in an amazing array of activities. The children had their head for heights tested on many of the sessions. The High Ropes course was an aerial adventure about 10 metres off the ground. There was also a zip wire activity, climbing and abseiling. Of all the treetop based activities, the most death-defying was the ‘trapeze’. This was an innocent sounding activity, but involved climbing a 10 metre pole, standing on the top and then jumping into mid-air to try to grab hold of a suspended trapeze bar. The children were all safely harnessed for all of these activities, but my goodness, they were still very brave!

With both feet on the ground, the children also tackled rifle-shooting, archery, forestry and survival (den building and lighting fires). Unfortunately the wind was too strong for surfing and body-boarding, but the children thoroughly enjoyed an array of team games and mountain biking in its place. Of course the highlight of the week was undoubtedly ‘challenge course’. No one quite knew what to expect, but when the first group came back caked in mud, we knew it would be an adventure! It involved a military-style assault course, with scramble nets and tunnels, all with the added challenge of a hose making the entire course a mud-bath. Speaking of which, the end of the course consisted of a knee-deep mud pool, where the children were encouraged to ‘play’! Well, at least they came home with lovely soft skin.

The children amazed us all with their enthusiasm and their support for one another. We frequently witnessed children stopping to help and encourage each other and it really was lovely to see. We had many lovely comments about the excellent behaviour of our children around the site and during meals in the dining hall. They really were a credit to Duncombe. As with all of these activities, a lot of planning went into the trip and I’m sure everyone wishes to thank Miss Varney for her excellent organisation and leadership as well as the PGL staff who went to such lengths to ensure the happiness and safety of your children. What a wonderful experience it was!

The Year 5 Team.