The Year 7 students embarked on their first Workington Academy residential last week – a camping and outdoor activities trip to Eskdale. The trip was designed to build upon the teamwork and leadership skills developed at Derwentwater Day earlier in the year, as well as focusing on the key Workington Academy and William Howard Trust core values of Respect, Responsibility and Resilience.
The Year 7 students were fantastic ambassadors for Workington Academy throughout the duration of the trip and a lot of fun and enjoyment was had by all.
The Year 7 boys began the trip on Tuesday 21 June, with their first job on arrival to pitch the tents! Jack Sandelands (7AHO) and Peter Matthews (7AHO) were voted ‘top tent builders’ and were the first boys to put their tent up successfully. Great team work and collaboration was shown by all of the year 7 boys in order to pitch their tents before being able to enjoy their packed lunches in the sunshine and explore the surrounding area.
The students began their first activities in the afternoon, with half of the boys taking to the mountains and experiencing some climbing and abseiling, whilst the other students worked on their archery skills aiming for bullseyes and bursting balloons, before using their maps and exploring the local countryside to complete an orienteering course.
The afternoon finished with some sports activities back at camp, followed by a hearty evening meal. The boys enjoyed playing football and rugby in the evening sunshine, before settling down to a camp fire and toasted marshmallows.
The next morning after packing up their things, the boys enjoyed bacon sandwiches for breakfast before embarking on more outdoor activities, (the opposite activities to what they completed the day before) and a trip to the river and stepping stones to cool off, before returning to Workington Academy on Wednesday afternoon, as it was now the year 7 girls turn to enjoy their Eskdale adventure.
The girls arrived at around 11.00am on 22 June and quickly sorted out the tents left for them by the boys and unpacked their things before embarking upon their outdoor activities. The girls showed great courage and resilience especially when completing the climbing and abseiling activities, with many overcoming their fear of heights and encouraging their peers to do their best.
After tea, a walk in the evening sunshine to the waterfalls was enjoyed by all, along with some sports activities, before settling down to a hot chocolate and marshmallows around the camp fire, as they treated the teachers to a talent show filled with dance and gymnastics performances!
The girls woke the next morning and embarked upon their final outdoor activities and trip to the stepping stones to cool off in the river before returning to camp to dismantle the tents ahead of their journey back to Workington Academy.
All in all, the staff and students had a fantastic time, helped by the excellent attitude and behaviour displayed by all students on the trip and the glorious Cumbrian sunshine and tranquil surroundings!
Miss Tweddle would like to thank all students and staff who attended and contributed towards the trip and is looking forward to planning next year’s outdoor adventure already!
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