As part of the Peabody ‘Young leadership’ accreditation certificate the group attended a fully paid (courteous of Peabody) weekend residential. The aim of this trip was to firstly work on team building and implement skills that underpin leadership and teamwork. Examples of activities embedding these skills included Blackout sensory walks in teams, building towers out of marshmallows, military drumming and an assault course carrying a bucket of water, to name a few.
The residential started on Friday 3rd March, with the group travelling with Mr Davis and Diana Webb to Lambourne End Outdoor Centre, and ended on Sunday 4th March. The company Oakley Adventures should be commended on a comprehensive program that worked towards building a rapport amongst the students and developing skills that underpins the Ambassador initiative.
Diana and Mr Davis in the new leader hoodies.
These students epitomise the high quality and excellence that St Paul’s Academy exhibits, within and outside of the classroom. We can expect very exciting times in Geography with these students leading as role models. Congratulations to all for your participation and making the weekend enjoyable by the staff and teachers. A special mention needs to go to Caroline and Steve from Oakley Adventures for organising the event and Alison Wood from Peabody making this all possible.
For photos and videos of the activities please look below:
The camp fire included popular camps songs, dancing and roasting marshmallows. Mr Davis showed the students a few dance moves and also how to make the best smoors. The excitement of the day got too much for some (as you can see by Amy opposite)!
Group marshmallow and spaghetti towers:
Students were given a time limit to make a structure that was free-standing and able to withstand shakes. Much of the weekend was geared towards team-work and gelling as a group. It was successful with friendships that will last a lifetime.
Firelighting and popcorn making:
Students were taught how to make fires from scratch using cotton wool and vaseline. When the fires had been lit, the ambassadors were able to make popcorn.
Students got to try archery during the Saturday day. After they had initially mastered the art of shooting they worked in teams to earn points by shooting the target and hitting balloons.
Daily Life (travelling and around the camp):
OS Map Challenge:
Students worked on OS Map skills. This was a valuable skill to revisit as all students are studying Geography at GCSE. This lead to challenges in the outdoor environment in teams whereby they hid objects for the other team to find. Students were taught map symbols and 6/8 grid references.
Blind Night hike:
This was the ultimate test for the SPA Ambassadors on the Saturday night before the campfire. Each team had to use the art of communication and rely on their senses of touch and sound to navigate their environment and make it around the course.