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Year 10 Summer Term Camp

1st July 24

Towards the end of term, we had a fantastic time at Year 10 camp. We went to Mendip Activity Centre in north Somerset, which provided us with beautiful surroundings to sit back and relax after the hard work of Block exams.

There was plenty for us to do when we arrived, with the lodge offering plenty of space to lounge on sofas, play cards or watch the Euros. We were whisked away to the forest to learn how to build shelters and make fires, where some students even boiled water on their fire to make hot chocolate! That evening, students played capture the flag in the woods. There was also a day of abseiling and rock climbing, where staff were impressed by the students efforts, and ended the day roasting marshmallows while enjoying a quiz.

We went on a day trip to Bristol, starting with a delightful boat trip to learn about the history of the docks. There was then a Banksy trail, to see some of the graffiti artist’s original work, and a visit to the M Shed, a fascinating museum with one of the main exhibits being the statue of Edward Colston – a key player in organising the Atlantic slave trade – which was pulled down during the Black Lives Matter protests in 2020. The day was finished with a walk up to Clifton and the suspension bridge, where we played football, frisbee and enjoyed the sun on the grounds of the observatory. After such a full schedule, the students had a lovely end to the day playing a (somewhat) competitive game of Grab Ball.

On the final day, we went kayaking and participated in an assault course. Both were great fun and were a brilliant challenge to the students’ strength and endurance. The day was finished with the England match and a game of frisbee golf.

Thank you to Dan, Chelsea, Chloe, Jeff, Simona and Cliff who attended the trip; we had such a lovely time with the students. But most of all, I would like to thank the weather – we were so grateful the sun came to play!

Written by Lynne Sasson

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