Outdoor and Adventurous ActivitiesLake Jump
The Goldiggins Quarry on Bodmin Moor has been visited twice recently by our teams of eager students, each one intent on jumping from the cliff edges above the fl ooded old quarry. Everyone did it, some many times from the highest (25ft) cliff , others psyched themselves up and managed to do a jump from a lower cliff , showing great bravery in the process. Special mentions must go to: Jayden who was really nervous about doing it but wanted to conquer his fears, then hesitated for all of a minute before throwing himself in; Ashleigh, who hesitated rather longer, but eventually did it anyway despite the fear; Courtney who jumped off every height numerous times and Erika who had never done it before but for her fi rst jump chose the biggest one possible! A great effort from everyone in the cold weather and especially pleasing to see everyone encouraging each other.
Rock Climbing club has returned to the Life Centre due to the earlier evenings and bad weather. Our students have had a good go at all the new problems in the bouldering cave. Everyone has progressed from just having a go at everything to applying some comittment to overcoming a tricky problem. Students have spent a while on particular problems, challenging each other to get higher on them and showing resilience after falling off time and time again, but getting back up after a rest. We have particularly good group of Year 7s this year who have all managed to learn the technique of belaying each other and keeping each other safe straight away. Special mentions go to Courtney for her overall ability and comittment and to Rome for his effort and dedication. It’s also been great to see Jack, Jordan and Alfi e returning and helping out the Year 7s with any problems, it shows just how much they’ve learned over the past few years. Jack made it all the way to the top of the main wall showing everyone what is possible.
Duke of Edinburgh
The new intake of Year 9 for the Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award set off one cold evening in October to walk up Sheeps Tor and along the edge of Burrator Reservoir. The students split themselves into 4 teams and listened to some navigation training from Mr Alcock, Mr Whitfield and Mr Cota, before setting off on their own to walk up on to the moor. After only a couple of radio calls to some teams who’d missed the change in path they all met Mr Alcock on the summit. It was starting to get darker so they descended into the woods, past Mr Cota and down to the road. They managed the 3.5km in just over an hour, which bodes well for their big expeditions where they need to complete around 10km per day. Thank you to the staff who gave up their evenings to help: Mr Cota, Mrs Evans, Mr Whitfield and Miss Heseltine.
Well done to all the students involved!
Outdoor Education & Adventure Activities Instructor