3rd July 2017 – After the Y7 exams, we suspended the Y7 timetable and gave the students a chance to have some fun together.  The majority took part in a PGL activity holiday, whilst some followed a programme of activities here at school.

Here, Jada in 7Y and Annie & Rebecca in 7F, tell us about their experiences on the PGL trip.  Further on in this article, there are details of what took place at school.  Our thanks to all the pupils for making the most of this opportunity, and all of the staff who made sure these activities were a success.

PGL was a phenomenal experience, all about facing our fears and discovering new abilities.  Despite minimal sunshine, we got on with everything and then settled down to a cosy movie night on the first evening, with lots of sweets and treats.  We were ‘up and at em’ in the morning after filling up with a delicious, hearty and nutritious breakfast of fruits and hot dishes.

Each and every minute of our fun-filled trip was spent venturing into forests and discovering exciting equipment, puzzles and immense high-rise obstacles.  We always went through all of the safety precautions up to a high standard to reassure us.  We had lots of fun on all the activities, which included abseiling, low ropes, giant swing and orienteering.  Some of the things we experienced were very scary and we never thought we would have been able to do!

The Year 7s behaviour was impeccable throughout the trip as always, to ensure that we would fulfil everyone’s expectations.

PGL was a trip of a lifetime that, without an ounce of doubt.  It brought us closer together not only within our forms, but with the whole year group, as well as our teachers.  We were all brought out of our comfort zones, sleeping in sleeping bags, organising ourselves in the morning and accomplishing new tasks that certainly were out of the ordinary.  We did low ropes (a trust related exercise), problem solving to tease our brains, abseiling, zip wire, aeroball, wacky races, rounders, a picnic on the field, archery, the big swing, orienteering and much, much more.

Overall, PGL was definitely a trip to remember, with memories to cherish and hold onto forever!

The students who stayed in school also had a great time and were also very well behaved.  These photos come from a session which combined science with arts and crafts – they are modelling organs of the human body, or whatever takes their fancy!