Swattenden Residential

Senior School
27 Sep 19

Last Thursday, the Year 4 children, very excitedly, set off for their residential trip to the Swattenden Centre.  Upon arrival, we were greeted by some of the Swattenden staff and shown to our accommodation.  As our aims for the trip were for the pupils to use their initiative and be independent, their first task was perfect; making their own bed.  This did prove tricky for some!

After a hearty lunch, the activities began.  The children were split into four groups and over both days, participated in the low zip wire, single vine crossing, crate stacking and archery.  It was wonderful watching the pupils working together, supporting and encouraging each other, whilst overcoming their fears and anxieties. 

The evening meal was followed by a walk around the grounds discussing compass points, nature and how to orienteer!  After a hot chocolate, it was time for pyjamas and a story before lights out.  It did take some time before there was silence; however, considering this was, for some of them, their first time away from home, we were very impressed with their resilience and good spirit.

It may have been an early rise, but all the children seemed to have a good night’s sleep and awoke with big appetites.  After a cooked breakfast and lots of toast, the children completed their activities.  We were certainly blessed by the weather as the sun shone for us on both days.  Well done to all the children for what was a very successful trip.