Outdoor and Adventurous ActivitiesLunchtime activities continue when the weather is fine. At the moment we are off ering volleyball, which has built up a following and is getting increasingly competitive! However in the rain we open up the performance hall to show extreme sports videos. If you show commitment and play well then you are rewarded with a sticker for your planner which entitles you to free hot chocolates/smoothies in the tipi on the last week of term.
The intervention teams went to Sheepstor, this time in windy but warm weather to search amongst the rocks for the ‘Pixies Cave’ marked on the map. Unless you know exactly where it is it’s almost impossible to find! Even when stood next to the entrance they couldn’t see it straight away. Lewis even wriggled his legs into the entrance before deciding it was the wrong one! Once inside, crawling in one at a time, they found they could stand up. It is very claustrophobic but they all managed to stay in for a minute or two. They helped each other by being really encouraging. Further up the hill we attempted the lefthand scramble line to the top of Sheepstor; a roped journey up stepped cliff s, including a half-way belay ledge where they clip in and wait for the others to join them. It requires a good deal of responsibility to tie-in and then unclip the correct carabiner, so well done to them. On the top the views were brilliant in the clear weather.
The next week all teams went to the Dewerstone for an abseil which we approached from the top through the trees and a fun scramble. Everyone felt it looks a lot higher from the top looking down than its fourty feet would suggest. After Jade led the way down the cliff face the boys all managed it aswell, overcoming their fears by concentrating on logical thoughts, such as "The further I go the closer I am to the ground." and "The ropes can hold the minibus so they can hold me". They all showed bravery in overcoming their fears.
OAA club went to Bovisand beach to go coasteering last week in what turned out to be perfect conditions, if a little bit chilly in the wind. There was a small swell which was enough to play in, swooping in and out with the waves into little coves. Then we found a perfect jumping area where everyone had a go at throwing themselves into the water with lots of encouragement all round. Finally we swam over to another little cove taking the opportunity to explore places nobody else ever gets to see.
A fantastic few sessions!
Outdoor and Adventurous Activities Coach