Moonrakers 2016

Last week the Third Form attended Moonrakers Camp in Aberdovey for a week of adventure designed to challenge them and help them learn a little more about themselves. This experience is the culmination of the School's Moonrakers adventure programme.

Inclement weather was the feature of the week but all the groups started with a ‘jog and dip’ in the Dovey estuary which set the expectations that pupils would challenge themselves and support the others in their team.

Different groups completed canoeing and kayaking trips, rock climbing, jetty jumping, sailing cutters as well as various aerial rope tasks such as the Leap of Faith (where pupils climb to the top of a 30ft telegraph pole and jump to catch a trapeze swing before being lowered back down to the ground) and of course the two day overnight expedition.

The wet weather made the expedition challenging this year but all went out for two days and a night, either in tents or a remote cabin, far from the luxuries of day-to-day life. For many pupils, their experience either above, or in the Grot Pot (a waist deep tank of rainwater and decomposing leaves and branches) will stay in their memories for some time. Camp fires, high walls, reflective time and lots of group discussion were also a feature of many of the pupil’s week.

There is no doubt that all of our pupils were tested during the experience, had a lot of fun, learnt a lot about themselves and the rest of their team, and return better prepared for the challenges they will face in the future.

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A full gallery of Camp 2016 can be found on the School Intranet here: - Moonrakers 2016