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February 7, 2019

Year 10 NCS Windermere trip

Thirty one Year 10 pupils were taken to the Lake District to partake in a four-day, three-night activity camp. The trip was organised through a national pilot programme for NCS (National Citizens Service).  Traditionally this programme has been offered to pupils aged 16+ once GCSE examinations have been completed. As a school we had the opportunity to take part in the pilot, which includes a residential followed by a series of in-school learning opportunities and culminates in a community action project to be completed by the pupils involved.  The residential is the first stage and from Monday 29th October until Thursday 1st November our Y10 pupils had a trip they will never forget! The students were split into three teams and were involved in a variety of activities across the four days including; canoeing, rock climbing, abseiling, orienteering, crate stacking, zip lining and finished off with a raft building competition and race (which Mrs Simporis’ team won!). All pupils were actively involved during these activities and developed key communication, team work, resilience and motivational skills. During certain activities such as rock climbing and  abseiling, pupils were not only responsible for their own safety but were taught to support other members of their group. The Year 10’s represented themselves impeccably, and were a real credit to themselves, the school and their parents/carers. Thank you to all those involved in the camp – the Year 10 pupils, Mrs Lomax, Mr Gibbons, Mrs Barker, Mr Pickles and Mrs Simporis. We also thank Mrs Panteli - for organising the camp.