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Enrichment Week 2017

Published on 30/06/17

Spanish Watersports
Pupils enjoyed a variety of watersports in Costa Brava including paddle boarding, kayaking, windsurfing and sailing a catamaran. Pupils were also able to explore the sheltered coves and snorkel in the clear Mediterranean water. A visit to a local waterpark was another highlight, alongside evening activities such as bowling, geocaching, mini-golf and shopping in the picturesque local town.

Italian Lake Adventures
Forty Year 7 to 9 pupils had a fantastic trip to Lake Garda, Italy. The week was packed full of fun activities, culture and plenty of gelato! Movieland and Caneva Aquapark were highlights of the trip including an exciting rafting tour through the bridges of Verona on the River Adige. Pupils also enjoyed a cable car ride, with breathtaking scenery, to the top of Monte Baldo.

Led by enthusiastic PGL team leader, Matt, pupils were immediately immersed in well organised, interesting and physical activities in Torquay. Many of the activities were challenging and required nerve and teamwork, but pupils took it all in their stride without complaint. Many said they would like to go again!

Amalfi Coast
Thirty pupils travelled to Sorrento on the stunning Amalfi Coast for a food-inspired trip. They experienced cooking authentic Italian pizza in a delightful traditional restaurant. Other popular activities were making ice-cream, a visit to Sorrento and Positano, trips on a little train and a boat, and a fascinating tour of a mozzarella farm.

A group of Year 7 and 8 pupils spent their week in Platja d’Aro, north east of Barcelona, developing a range of water sports skills. Everyone tried their hand at kayaking, windsurfing, paddle boarding, snorkelling and sailing catamarans. They also enjoyed a day at a waterpark and a bowling night.

Two groups journeyed to France for their week of activities. The first went to Paris and Normandy to soak up local French culture. Trips included visiting Euro Disney, a trip on a bateau mouche and the ascent of Montparnasse Tower for a panoramic view over Paris. In Normandy they visited the scenic and intriguing Mont St Michel. There was of course time for swimming, football and team games as well as enjoying a typical French market. Crossing the English Channel by ferry was another fun aspect of the trip.

Thirty-eight Year 9 pupils headed to the south of France and to the river Ardèche. Here they took a canoeing tour along the river’s length taking in the breath-taking and dramatic scenery. Later in the week they visited the beautiful historic city of Avignon on the river Rhone, for some sightseeing and shopping. An energetic and exciting week was had by all in some beautiful weather conditions.

Local Attractions
The final group of pupils took day trips to local attractions. During the course of the week they developed bush craft, treeclimbing, first aid and orienteering skills. They also had a chance to get creative, making tie-dye T shirts for example, and to enjoy thrilling activities like kneeboarding, high ropes and go-karting. These challenges were complemented by a trip to Thames Young Mariners and a day at JB Watersports Park.

St Paul's Cathedral
Year 10 pupils enjoyed hot summer weather for their enrichment week activities, including a visit to St Paul’s Cathedral, a treasure hunt around the East End of London, climbing to the top of the Spinnaker Tower and a spot of shopping at Gunwharf Quays. At the end of the week some pupils enjoyed a Duke of Edinburgh expedition whilst those not taking part in the programme volunteered at local community centres.

All these Enrichment Week trips enabled pupils to increase their independence and resilience, learn new skills and make new friends in a safe and fun way.

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