Just before half term 114 pupils from Year 7 attended a 3 day residential course at Whitemoor Lakes. It was a great opportunity for pupils to make new friends to help them settle in to JWS life. It also helped develop a positive relationship with staff, working with them in an out of school environment.
On arrival the excited pupils were split into 10 groups and sent to unpack in their dormitories (some pupils had brought enough stuff for a 2 week stay!)
The activities started quickly after our arrival. The groups went off to do a variety of activities which were rotated over our time there. These included High Ropes, Canoeing, Archery, Zip Wire, Fencing, Team Building and Problem Solving activities. Pupils were out of their comfort zone at times, with many of them managing to overcome their fear of heights!
In order to complete tasks pupils had to put their trust in each other and new friendships were constantly being created. During the evenings pupils were able to play pool and table tennis, or just sit relaxing while chatting to staff and friends.
Morning wake up call was at 7:30 and getting 114 pupils up and ready for the day was a challenge to the staff who succeeded brilliantly! Breakfast was 8:30 and activities commenced at 9:30 in the action packed days.
Both pupils and staff were exhausted by the end of the week but what a great experience it was for all. They were able to develop independence, build on and learn new skills and just as importantly have fun!