From Monday 13th– Thursday 17th July 2015 Bishop Stopford’s School embarked on a 6 hour trip to North Devon. The family run activity centre gave us rural experiences such as crabbing and speed boat rides, as well as some local knowledge from the villages of Appledore and Westward Ho!. Only a lucky few were able to catch the crabs, although we now know how to tell a female from a male and which colour crabs we should eat (orange!).
We took on some thrilling activities such as water skiing, tree climbing, abseiling, climbing, traverse, crate stacking, tunneling, canoeing and surfing! The students really showed their strengths in the variety of activities, but also by helping others. When some were scared of heights, the dark or the water, each and every student at some point gave a helping hand to lessen the fear. The instructors were so complimentary of the group.
With three activities a day, and then free time, food was high on the agenda for most! Students were even eating up to three servings at dinner! Sleep was most definitely needed, and we even had a few pass out on the way home.
It was such a shame to leave the hillside and seaside views, to leave the water and beaches behind us. Look out for our display for more fun photo’s of all the activities! The instructors were so impressed with Bishop Stopford’s that they can’t wait to have us back next year! We are opening the trip for year 8 students but there will only be a maximum of 40 places up for grabs. So, if you’re keen to learn some new skills for water and land based activities, want to enjoy some seaside treats (including the Appledore ice cream with added clotted cream!) and are not afraid to get involved and try new things, watch this space. We will be launching the Knapp House 2016 trip in September.