Both P.6 classes went to Shannagh-More Outdoor Education Centre, Newcastle during the week beginning 18th November 2013. Children enjoyed trying out a variety of outdoor activities such as canoeing, kayaking, ropes course, climbing wall and orienteering. Staff and instructors were impressed by how the children embraced the range of activities and how well they supported and encouraged one another in their teams. On the adventure walk children crawled through narrow wet tunnels and walked through lots of muddy challenges and it was so lovely to hear how proud the children felt when they overcame a particular fear or challenge. It was also lovely to hear the children spontaneously cheer each other on and show such good manners to staff.
Besides rising to meet the obstacles encountered on the activities, one of the most challenging aspects of the trip for some children was actually organising themselves and putting on all the outdoor gear that they needed to wear! Admittedly a wetsuit is a hard piece of kit to put on but for many children more practice in organising themselves and their belongings would be time well spent to aid independence. Having said that, mums and dads should be impressed by some of the life skills the children learned on the trip such as how to strip their bed, set and clear tables, sort their clothes and keep rooms tidy! Here's hoping that this will continue at home too!
Photos of both P.6 classes below!