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Isle of Wight 2013

Congratulations to all the students who made the AGAT Isle of Wight trip such a great success. Thank you to Mr Winward and Mrs Marion for running the trip.

This year’s enrichment weekend was aimed at a selection of able, gifted and talented students from Years 7, 8 & 9 with the purpose being:

 To give an opportunity for students to develop team building and leadership qualities.

 To build confidence by giving the time and space to interact with students of similar ability.

 To motivate students to exceed beyond their own expectations.

 To inspire students to look beyond their perceived expectations.

 

Mr Winward reports: After an early start (6.00am) we arrived at Portsmouth in good time for the 8.30am ferry crossing to Fishguard.  The weather, albeit misty in Purton, was fine and sunny as we sailed across to the Isle of Wight.  Our first stop was Ryde where we had the opportunity to purchase a few souvenirs.  We particularly enjoyed a Victorian parade of shops where students looked at bygone memorabilia.  My favourite shop was the ‘Kandy Shop’ where I purchased a quarter of Uncle Joes Mint Balls which everyone sampled leaving just one for sir!

From Ryde we took the coastal road to The Needles.  Sadly we couldn’t take the cable car trip to the shore but we did manage to count the 187 steps along the way.  The journey up certainly challenged our legs (well mine!).  Having taken in the local topography and looked at the various sands, we were ready for Kingswood Activity Centre.

At Kingswood the students were engaged in lots of activities including the Balance Beam Challenge, Scrapheap Challenge and Team Building Challenges.  On the afternoon of Saturday, the group took on the indoor challenge of climbing.  Whilst there was clear expertise from Megan Hartley and one or two other students, some of us had not done this activity before.  It was great that the group cheered each other on to succeed.

For a night-time challenge our team leader from Kingswood took great delight in blindfolding the group and encouraged us to use good communication skills in navigating our way through Bembridge Wood.  What he failed to tell us was that we had to crawl through muddy puddles and endure creepy crawlies.  We all rose to the challenge even when we had to be hosed down at the end of the activity (apologies to parents for the washing load). 

The final day took in abseiling and the 3G swing which certainly rounded off our activity weekend.

 All of the students set themselves personal targets in relation to the main aims of the weekend.  Although some (not to mention myself) had a fear of heights and so conquered an element of personal challenge on the high rope activities.

 A picture gallery is available here.