Monday 18 June 2018

Mersea 2018

With more than sixty acres of carefully maintained grounds and commanding far-reaching views over the estuary, our Learning Federation pupils had a fantastic venue for their Outdoor Education Experience this year.

At the Mersea centre, our pupils were able to access a comprehensive range of facilities including a new toilet and shower block, dining rooms, a laundry room, a large well-equipped main hall and even a big screen cinema room!

All the pupils experienced the same activities, just in a different order: biking, climbing, challenge courses, archery and clambering through plenty of mud.

We had to work together to try and solve the 'fish stick challenge'. We only had three moves but we had to reverse the way the fish was facing on the ground. By all helping and contributing ideas we were able to solve the problem

Our instructor - Lucy - gave us an extra pupil to get round the course. His name was Steve. Unusually he was a bucket of water... and we weren't allowed to spill him. The only way we could get him up and over the obstacles was to work together.

Some of the challenges were really hard. Their climbing wall is massive. If you wanted to get all the way to the top you had to show real resilience. It was tough.

When we all came round the camp fire together it was a chance to think about our Peaks (best bits) and Pits (worst challenges). My peak was overcoming a fear of heights on the climbing wall. My pit was falling over in the mud and getting soaked.

Thank you to all the staff who gave up their time to make the residential possible. It was great to see all of the staff from both schools taking part in every activity with real enthusiasm. Look out for Miss James and Mr Portway in the video!

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