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Students Learn in the Great Outdoors

Posted at 11:11 am on 18th October, 2018

Bushcraft trip for Wellacre Year 7

Wellacre Year 7 packed up their rucksacks and headed off to the great outdoors for a once in a lifetime bushcraft challenge!

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The residential trip was an action-packed three days of camping at Cholmondeley Castle in Cheshire.

Arriving full of energy, students began the adventure by learning about basic survival skills - shelter and food!  Armed with sheets and rope, they learned how to set up a shelter between trees, how to find the best type of wood branches for a fire, and poisonous wildlife to avoid when foraging for food.  Their efforts were rewarded with a hearty meal of burgers round the campfire.

After a good nights sleep, their next set of exciting tasks involved gutting and filleting salmon, as well as skinning a rabbit, and a few even took up the extreme challenge of tasting a survivalists’ delicacy - a fish eyeball!  Other activities included first aid training, as well as archery and tomahawk throwing.

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Year 7 AJ student, said:

“I really enjoyed learning about surviving in the wild and camping outdoors with all my friends and telling spooky stories.  It was a the best school trip and I’d love to go back!”

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Mr Casey, Wellacre’s Assistant Principal, added:

“The boys thoroughly enjoyed this year’s incredible residential trip; they threw themselves into all the bushcraft challenges and high energy games in the woods!  Our annual trip is an invaluable part of the transition programme, which boosts students’ confidence and helps them form new friendships as they begin their journey at Wellacre.”

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Wellacre’s annual Year 7 residential is a transition initiative, which encourages new students to socialise with their year group, develop team building and communication skills, and build their confidence; the main objective is to ensure they settle into secondary and Wellacre life, so they can reach their full potential.