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Wednesday, 8 June 2016

Year Six are Outward Bound!

The children tackle the climbing wall!
Yr6 are at Mill Rythe, on the Hampshire coast, all this week.  They arrived there in glorious sunshine on Monday lunchtime and have been lucky weather-wise since then.  They've been kayaking and climbing and generally wearing themselves out being active.

Yr6 finished their SATs only a few weeks ago so deserve some less formal learning activity - but there is another important, though perhaps less obvious, side to this - Yr6 students will be leaving St.Mary Magdalen's and moving on to secondary schools in September.  Some will rarely (or never?) have been away from their parents.  So it's hoped this  week away will help them develop independence and confidence and, as part of the organised activities, learn leadership and teamwork skills that will stand them in good stead next year and beyond.

. . . and try some kayaking
Here are some of the things the children have been saying:

The activities have challenged  me and pushed me to the limit.  I am not one for sports, but now I would like to try more.  [Nefe]

Kayaking was fun because there was lots of teamwork. [Lesley]

Kayaking was the best part of the trip so far . . . we fell in, got wet, muddy and we smelt of the sea. [Callie]

I enjoyed the team challenge because it was competitive and you had to work as a team. [Matthew]

It is fun, we get to do lots of things - challenge ourselves,  share a room and have our own responsibilities.  [Samuel]

The ‘run-around’ quiz was so much fun.  We ran around the camp and met lots of children from other schools. We managed to share answers with the other schools who were also doing the quiz.  I have enjoyed the views around the site, as it is so pretty.  It has been so sunny and warm.  [Tianna]

. . . and here are a few more photos:


Thank you to Mrs Saunders, Miss McKune and Mrs Bekir, who are at Mill Rythe with the children.
Robert Sheppard