Residential Visit to The Calvert Trust – June 16th – 23rd 2017

Once again a group of 8 students and 8 staff travelled down to The Calvert Trust, in Devon for an exciting week of outdoor activities, challenges and fun.

We were there during the hottest days ever in June, which in itself presented us with a challenge of ensuring we all kept as cool as possible, drank a lot of water and also did not get sun burnt. We succeeded! Even when we went to Saunton Sands beach, the chap who rented out parasols, deck chairs etc let us borrow 2 parasols which provided us with some much needed shade whilst we ate lunch then we all went down to the sea, using the beach buggies for some where we all had fun in the water. It was the warmest the sea has ever been and everyone welcomed being in the water.

At the activity centre we worked in two different groups but we all did the same activities over the week, including climbing, abseiling, zip wire, swimming or more a ‘fun in the pool’ session, crate staking (this was cool under the trees – its usually very cold when we do this outside), the challenge course and forest activity as well as riding. This year we had two canoeing sessions, the weather was ideal on the reservoir and as such we all got very, very wet! Due to the very hot weather we made a decision not to ride the bikes (this is a hard activity for everyone, the staff especially) and so we went for a lovely gentle stroll around the reservoir, frequently stopping for water breaks in the shade. Special mention has to go to Immy for walking the 2 and a half miles unaided during this session. We were all extremely proud of her, as was she when we returned to the centre.

Our days out as well as going to the beach took us to Ilfracombe where we visited our usual café and especially for Patrick had our group photograph taken at the sea front before a wander round the shops. On a different day we also visited Woolacombe, where we all imbibed in a cool ice cream, a cool drink at the café and then had a wander around.

During the evenings we did a variety of different things, we had a ‘small disco’ on Saturday with a larger one on the last evening. A singer came to entertain us one evening, and on the Monday Lou and Lee with their guitars and staff joining in entertained us all! Other evenings some of us walked the reservoir again, others joined the film club or we sat and had fun playing games.

Considering the extremely hot weather all the students and staff did very well – amazing really, the heat did have a bit of an impact but it didn’t stop us from giving things a go!

All the students were extremely positive during the activity sessions and they all tried their very best with the challenges presented, extremely well supported by school staff and the fantastic staff at the centre.

Congratulations to them for a wonderful week and a huge thanks to all the staff who gave up their time and worked extremely hard to make the visit such a success – you are a great team.

We were all happy to return to school when the week had ended – we had a lot of fun and laughter but I’d still like to have been able to have solved the mystery of the missing laundry!

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