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Year 9 residential to the Isle of Wight

On Friday 10th June students from Year 9 went on an exciting 2 day trip to the Kingswood Activity Centre on the Isle of Wight.

Year 9 residential to the Isle of Wight

On Friday 10th June students from Year 9 went on an exciting 2 day trip to the Kingswood Activity Centre on the Isle of Wight.

From school, we set off for Portsmouth, where we embarked on a ferry. Around late afternoon, we arrived at the Centre and we were taken to our rooms to quickly settle before we were called for dinner. After dinner, we were separated in two groups and went on to do different activities. My group started off at the Laser Zone where we battled it out with one another. Next, the two groups got together in order to build a shelter out of different recycled materials, which would protects us from water. Unfortunately, we were not very good at that and couldn’t even build a shelter that would, at least, stay upright! We then returned to our rooms, where we eventually fell asleep.

Early next morning everyone woke eager to find out which activities we would do next. After a quick breakfast my group headed off to the Zip Wire. We each took turns, some more scared than others, however we all enjoyed watching the teachers have a go! When our time was up, we enjoyed a quick game of volleyball. Next, we moved on to Problem Solving, where as a group, we completed a set of challenges. After lunch, we attempted Archery at which some of us were pleasantly surprised (but some were also quite shocked) at our skills. We then had a go at Bushcraft, where we learnt how to make rope out of stinging nettles. For some it didn't go too well, as they were moaning that their rashes stung for the rest of the day. The instructor also taught us how to make a fire using flint and steel. Everybody found that very therapeutic particularly Kameron, who fell asleep next to the fire! Later that evening, we played a few matches of Benchball before we went to watch England's first match in Euro 2016 against Russia.

 On the last day we experienced very heavy rain, but it did stop before our first activity. The 3G Swing! Not everyone was too keen to try this out, however many overcame their fears and ended up really enjoying the experience. It even made some people winners - Jenny was awarded the loudest scream certificate for her screaming on the 3G Swing. Go Karts were next for us and most of us competed in trying who could finish 3 laps the fastest. After lunch, we set about to return home. On the coach we were finally allowed our phones back (which had been taken by the teachers at the beginning of the trip) but many of us agreed that we appreciated our time without them.

Overall we had a great experience and everybody made lasting memories. We learnt many new things about each other that helped us build a closer relationship. New skills were learnt and developed which will remain with us throughout time.

We all would like to thank the teachers for organising such an adventurous trip for us.