Enjoying the 'Great Outdoors'

Students from Salisbury's UTC left their classrooms recently for an overnight experience with the Wiltshire Outdoor Learning Team at Brokerswood Country Park.

Over the two days the Year 10 and 11 students were challenged to solve problems, work as teams and develop their leadership skills.

They took part in range of exciting activities including raft building, survival fire lighting, canoeing and cooking their dinner over open wood fires. This was finished by team games that required navigational skills in a very dark woodland at night time.

"It was really great fun with some excellent activities,” said Year 11 student, Mirren Tough. “The centre staff were really good at their job and were very kind and helpful. However they did expect us to challenge ourselves and that was the bit that I really liked. The highlight was the raft building challenge which was brilliant fun and very wet at the same time."

Fellow Year 11 student, George Stapleton agreed it was a fun experience if you didn’t mind camping. “The raft building was a real challenge that was great fun as well. I pushed myself into some things that I didn't expect to do, including standing on a tower of crates that was being built as I stood on it."

"It was a good experience that was fun and a bit messy,” said Year 11 student, Olivia Strong. “I tried out lots of new things that challenged me and helped me learn about myself as a leader.”

Joe Mulligan, Principal, who went on the school trip said: “Everyone had a brilliant time and we’ve all returned wanting to do it all over again. This trip has developed the team ethos at the UTC and it was a wonderful experience.”

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