Highs and flows at Fairthorne

Day 2 at Fairthorne Manor saw the Year 6 pupils take on new challenges in outward bound adventures, in the morning even basking in beautiful autumn sunlight. The pupils are split into six groups, and each group will rotate around every activity over the course of the week. Today, the morning session was built largely around heights, as pupils took part in the Jacob’s Ladder climb, the aerial assault course, the zip-wire and the crate stacking challenge. All of these height based activities were led by trained Fairthorne staff who deliver not just safety briefings, but also humour, encouragement and praise to all of the children on each of their personal achievements. The afternoon session saw the pupils take to the water in two rotated activities. Pupils were guided on how to build their own log and barrel rafts, and they then put these to the test on the lake with some fun action songs performed afloat. The children also earned their water wings during a kayaking session, with Fairthorne staff and St Peter’s teachers being never far away in kayaks of their own. During this watery afternoon, every child took to the water aboard one craft or another, and each pupil achieved their own personal goal when meeting a new challenge. Well done to them all. This evening was spent in the sports hall, with colossal games of dodge ball designed to burn off the fish suppers everyone ate, and tire the children out once and for all for a good night’s sleep. Well, here’s hoping!
Mr R Cunningham

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