From Mr Etherton and Mr Currell reflect on Year 6s's incredible residential, which marked the end of their Ark Byron journey.
Pupils thoroughly enjoyed their thrill-seeking, action-packed, collaborative adventure days and tried new experiences, most exceeding their expectations. Each day started with some free time, where pupils enjoyed their time together, taking independence of their cabin rooms and initiating activities such as football, colouring or board games. Mr Etherton led a morning hike (for those passionate walkers and early-risers) each day to explore the woodland around the camp whilst other pupils got ready for the day ahead. The mornings consisted of two activities followed by a catered lunch.
We were extremely fortunate with the weather this week, which helped to make the two-afternoon activities all that more memorable. Most pupils showered and got ready for their evening meal after visiting the on-site shop; again, they provided all pupils with independence and the people skills to prepare for secondary school. After our evening meal, Year 6s participated in evening activities such as a run-around quiz, night navigation (orienteering), scrapheap challenge and a campfire before finally heading to the dining hall for a cup of hot chocolate and an evening treat.
Pupils were respectful and well-behaved across the five days. They came away from this trip speaking extremely highly and thankful for the opportunities and time they spent with their friends before finishing at Ark Byron next week.
The staff also enjoyed our informal time with the pupils, laughing, joking and playing games, and are extremely proud of how children have proven themselves this week.