Form 5 Canoe Trip

On Saturday morning, 21st September 2019, all the Form 5 students travelled offsite to experience canoeing on the River Severn, heading towards Shrewsbury. Most of the students stayed in their tutor groups, while a few groups were divided into different segments. Although we knew that the trip could be tiring because of the long distance we had to cover, it was very enjoyable canoeing together, as well as seeing the beautiful views on the river, and the fun experiences shared with the tutors. As soon we started canoeing, our doubts disappeared, we had even more fun with our friends, enjoyed the sunshine and talked to one another. Around halfway through, my partners, Ryan and Barney and myself capsized because we hit a tree! However, we enjoyed the trip a lot and had lots of fun.

Leo – F5

The sky was painted blue and the sun radiated onto the river. It was a fantastic day for canoeing. After a short briefing with the instructors, we headed off on our 19km journey canoeing down the River Severn from Montford Bridge to Shrewsbury. Chloe-Nicole, Pennt, and I shared a three-person canoe for the journey.

As we had little experience of canoeing, we had a very bumpy start. We zigzagged across the river and tried hard to paddle towards the instructor’s canoe, but we always seemed to head the opposite direction. We also crashed into a few extended branches, but luckily without capsizing. Eventually, we started to get the hang of it and coordinated our paddling. Not only were we able to catch up with the group, we also overtook them. Sometimes, we even went too fast and the instructors had to tell us to hold on.

During the journey, we acquainted ourselves with about 12 ducks and 32 swans, including a black swan, which are rarely seen. One of our friends’ canoe also capsized right next to us! Seeing them soaking wet, I decided not to capsize my canoe intentionally. My favourite part of the journey was challenging the other group (Hugo, Wiktoria and Austin) to several races. Even though Chloe-Nicole, Pennt and I paddled as hard as we could, the races still ended with a humiliating defeat.

At last we arrived in Shrewsbury, not extremely exhausted, but a bit tired after more than five hours of canoeing. Overall, we had a refreshing day out on the River Severn and created some great memories. Thank you to all the staff involved.

 Jennifer – F5