Action-packed school getaway for Ilkeston students

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An action-packed trip to the Lake District was on the timetable for students of Ilkeston’s Saint John Houghton Catholic Voluntary Academy.

A total of 56 year-eight pupils took part in a variety of activities during the four-day break at the Glaramara Activty Centre in the Borrowdale Valley.

They had the opportunity to try orienteering, problem-solving games, canoeing, raft-building, abseiling, rock climbing, gorge scrambling and take part in a mountain walk.

The aim of the trip was to take students out of their comfort zone and encourage them to try out new and challenging activities whilst improving their teamwork, resilience and communication skills and boosting their confidence.

Jessica Doran, 13, said she really enjoyed the raft-building.

She said: “It was the first time I’d done anything like that. It was quite difficult but we did manage it and then at the end a few of us jumped in - it was freezing.

“We also got the chance to try abseiling, rock climbing and gorge scrambling. That involved climbing across lots of rocks in a river and going through rockpools.”

Ellie Neads, 13, said the trip was a great opportunity to bond with other students in the year.

She said: “It was nice to meet people in our year group who we didn’t know properly.

“It was just really nice to bond with people. We all had a great laugh and it was nice that we were altogether in a completely different place.”