Y8 Liddington Residential Trip 2016
On the 17th October 2016 over 200 highly excitable boys and 21 staff embarked on the residential to PGL Liddington (just on the outskirts of Swindon).
After stopping mid-journey and emptying the services of any sweets, chocolates and crisps we arrived in Liddington after a modest drive. Upon arrival the PGL staff were well set up to ensure a smooth transition from buses into rooms. We were fortunate to have the majority of the new complex to ourselves and each room had up to 6 boys and consisted of 3 bunk beds and a bathroom.
The days started around 7.30am each morning with a hearty breakfast provided by PGL. Morning Activities ran from 9.25am – 12.30pm followed by a lunch then into afternoon activities from 2.15pm –5.40pm followed by dinner with evening activities running from 7.15pm until 9.15pm.
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The activities consisted of high ropes, raft building, aeroball, mountain biking, giant swing and numerous logical thinking challenges just to name a few. Walking around each activity it was clear the boys were listening intently to each of the PGL staff members and embracing the idea of overcoming fears and supporting each other, after each session I was inundated with lots of positive feedback from PGL and NSB staff alike.
Ask the week progressed the weather was generally on our side, however even when it turned into what could only be described as ‘grim’ the boys still threw themselves into the activity sometimes as a result of being brave, sometimes as a result of poorly planned rafts which as a few members of staff predicted would end up breaking apart upon entry as noted by Mr Osborne with his keen DT eye.
The evening activities provided the boys with the chance to either showcase their sporting talents or simply chill out after a long physical day. Mr Beaumont et al. ran a fantastically organised football tournament, the particular highlights being moments of magic and exquisite finishing displayed by the staff team. Remaining staff also ran movie nights which proved popular showing a wide range of films and enabling the boys to rest and recover ready for the next day.
Overall we left with over 200 excitable boys and came back with over 200 incredibly tired boys. I can only heap praise of the work ethic, attitude and determination of the pupils and the staff alike and can say without a shadow of a doubt the trip was hugely enjoyable for all.
Mr D. Pearle
Year 8 Team Leader