Blue Juice Surf and Climbing SafariOn the 26th June, twenty keen students and staff left cloudy Plymouth heading for Sennen, Cornwall. Our first mission was to set up camp and all the students worked well together setting up their tents and were kind enough to help each other once they had fi nished. After the camp was all set up for the week, we made our first trip down to Sennen beach. We met the surfi ng instructors and spent a good few hours enjoying the sand, sea and sunshine.
We woke up on Tuesday to deteriorating conditions, nevertheless the students set off for a day’s climbing and surfing. Despite the weather all students did really well, with many overcoming personal fears and nerves. The groups swapped around on Wednesday and both sets of students again performed incredibly well despite the weather conditions worsening by the hour.
Due to the weather, the climbing was out on hold for Thursday and all students enjoyed some extra surf lessons and then stayed in the sea for most of the day. After all, this was the warmest place to be. By now the camp site had started to look like a scene from a disaster movie, with tents flapping and pegs being pulled from the ground! Even so, the students did not complain (some of the staff did though!) and hunkered down for a very stormy night!
All of us survived the night, even if Mrs Davenport and Miss Jakes got attacked by the inside of their tents! We were granted some dry and windy weather to pack the tents away. We then headed back to the beach for one last surf, only to find the beach had been red flagged. However, our students had made such a positive impression on the instructors and lifeguards that they were willing to open up a section of the beach for us! However, when offered the opportunity to get wet and cold again or a McDonalds, the students all thanked the instructors politely, but opted for the warm food!!!
For many of the students it was their first time surfing, climbing, camping or all three and they coped brilliantly in what were stormy conditions. The surf school said that these were the worst conditions they had experienced since February! The level of perseverance and resilience of the students was truly admirable. As always, the climbing and surfing instructors had nothing but praise for the students, as did the campsite owner, who also noted that other members of the site had commented on the politeness and positive behavior of the students. A special mention however, from the surfing and climbing instructors goes to: Chelsea, Katie, Chloe, Erika, Matt, Aiden, and Jazmine, for making the biggest improvements, not giving up or overcoming personal challenges. Well Done!
Hopefully we will see some of you next year, when Mr Gardner and I have already booked better weather!
Leader for KS3 Maths