students ‘relish’ Outdoor Education Experience before end of term

Friday June 25, 2021

As part of Concord’s Pre-U programme, 6.1 students have benefitted from an exciting 3-day outdoor education experience ahead of the end of term. The experience – taking place in Shropshire and various surrounding destinations – was packed full of timetabled activities in conjunction with Pre-U events and UCAS preparation, and focused on personal development, leadership skills, overcoming challenges and utilising teamwork. 6.1 students were accompanied by Concord staff and received expert tuition by activity instructors in a number of different activities: kayaking, canoeing, raft building, rock climbing, abseiling, and hiking. As well as being in a Covid-safe year group ‘bubble’, the students were further divided into groups of 8-10 for the duration of the experience and returned to Concord at the end of each day. Concord’s Head of Outdoor Education and Biology teacher, Mrs Ruth Newton-Badman said: “As well as learning new skills and trying new activities, it’s a brilliant way for students to spend the end of their Summer Term with friends. “It can also be valuable for students wishing to update their CVs, statements and can even be discussed at higher education and careers interviews too.” Mrs Newton -Badman added: “A huge thank you for everyone’s participation, and for staff who volunteered to help.” Reflecting on the experience, 6.1 student Tiffany said: “The activities were an unconventional and thrilling experience for many of us who haven’t been in water for quite a while, for example, or even off campus for much of this academic year. “Some of us went rock-climbing and abseiling right across the border of Wales and Shropshire to test and overcome our fear of heights. “I found this challenge very exhilarating with an incredible sense of achievement at the end.” Said fellow student Kenneth: “With the variety of activities the school offered, and the professional instructors or teachers guiding our way, these few days were an absolute delight away from our usual routines of academic focus. “There’s no doubt we all enjoyed the process of teambuilding, of reaching out to different groups of people, or to conquer what we have been terrified of doing for a very long time.” You can read more student reflections about the experience on the Sixth Form blog.