Outward bound success for Daventry school

One of the groups out walking
One of the groups out walking

Pupils from a Daventry school took on challenges, helped their friends and learnt to have confidence in their abilities on a residential trip to Wales.

Year Six pupils from the Abbey Academy in Daventry spent five days last week in Aberdovey, in Gwynedd.

Mountain climbing

Mountain climbing

The outward bound activity week saw the children tackle rock climbing and abseiling, navigating through pitch black caves, scrambling, gorge walking, mountain climbing, and more.

The 32 pupils were split into three groups to take on various different activities.

One of the challenges involved climbing up 20ft before trying to jump out into the air and grap a trapeze bar.

Beth Newman said: “I enjoyed the trapeze the best because I really liked doing it. Overall I learnt courage from all the things we had to overcome.”

Enjoying the weather in Wales

Enjoying the weather in Wales

Daniel Rawsden said: “I also liked doing the trapeze as I felt like I could do anything, and it had really good views. The week taught me to have self confidence.”

Another of the activities saw the children venture underground into a long, winding cave. When they reached the end their torches were all switched off, leaving them unable to see their hands in front of their faces. A single candle was lit and the pupils had to follow one of their friends who carried it to reach the surface.

Tommy Bannister said: “I thought the rock climbing was the best. You can do anything if you believe in yourself – I learnt that in the pitch black cave. I was really panicky at first.”

Thalina Houghton said: “I enjoyed climbing up the mountain because we knew that if we could get to the top we’d get an ice cream! I learnt that we could trust each other, because when we did the rock climbing you had to help others and get help too.”

Mason Smith said: “My favourite bit was the rock climbing as well; it was really hard at first, but when I got to the top I liked it so much I wanted to climb down again. I learnt about tasting other foods, like stinging nettles. We had to pick them and roll them up right and we ate them raw.”

The scrambling challenge saw the teams charged with getting every one of their members over a high, slippy wall, requiring them to work in a coordinated team to lift and pull their friends up and over.

Mia Heron said: “For me the best bit was the scrambling, just because you could all be their for each other and give confidence to each other.

Jess Edwards said: “I liked the gorge walking because it was in my comfort zone, but the water was freezing in the rivers! Going down the waterfalls was fun – there was one called the Chute and you went flying in the air.

“I learnt that I can do anything when you have others to help you.”