‘I did all the things I didn’t think I could do’ - Portsmouth High School

‘I did all the things I didn’t think I could do’

Year 3 have just returned from their first ever residential trip to Avon Tyrrell Activity Centre in the New Forest.

The girls arrived at the centre feeling a mix of emotions but nerves were soon calmed after the safety talk and an explanation of all the activities over the next few days.

The weather the first day was not kind and two of the groups had to complete the high ropes and a tree top trail in the rain. However, nothing could dampen Year 3’s enthusiasm and determination which enabled them to complete some challenging climbing.

There was also an opportunity to master archery and an egg drop challenge which saw each group successfully protect their egg from breaking when dropped from the top of a climbing wall.

On the second day a hearty cooked breakfast fuelled energy for den building and making bottle rockets and in the evening the girls enjoyed playing games and toasting marshmallows around a campfire.

Year 3 teacher Mrs Robertson said ‘The girls have risen to the challenges of their first residential trip amazingly well. They have become more independent and tackled many things they hadn’t done before. They left with big smiles on their faces and many have asked if they could come again.’

Evelyn in Year 3 said ‘I enjoyed the high ropes and the tree top trail best because it was fun doing the zip line.’

Nancy said ‘I loved the archery because it was fun trying to hit the bulls eye. I also liked the game ‘snakes and ladders’ because it was exciting to see who won.’

Isabella added ‘I liked it best when we first arrived because it was exciting seeing all the activities ahead. I felt very proud of myself because I did all the things I didn’t think I could do.’