Outdoor and Adventurous ActivitiesClimbing club every Thursday at the Life Centre wall has been great fun this term. Some students have been before, for others it’s their first time rock climbing. Every one of them has made progress from their first attempts, with most having reached the top of the second highest wall and a couple (Jack and Chloe) making it to the top of the 16m wall. Their technique has improved allowing them to climb more efficiently, with Jordan and Travis making great gains here. The newcomers have benefitted from Chloe’s experience in this and often try to copy how she climbs. It’s inspiring to see the effort they put in to everything from our mini-competitions through to pushing themselves on the big wall. Climbing club continues every Thursday 3:05 – 5:45pm.
The Bike maintenance club using helpers from BikeSpace and Sustrans has trained everyone to be able to change and adjust break pads, chains, tyres, gear cables etc. The ultimate aim being that students will then ride the bikes into school that they have fixed, so reducing the traffic on our local roads. The atmosphere is always light hearted and fun with students from the Duke of Edinburgh Award helping out for their voulnteering section. Bike Maintenance continues every Wednesday after school 3:05 – 4:30pm.
Students from Year 9 have enrolled in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, with 20 starting this term; a SJH record! Projects that the group are undertaking include bike maintenance club, netball club, the science garden, chess club, rock climbing club, pet and animal care and reading projects. It’s not too late to start, just come along to S109 at lunchtimes on a Thursday to see Mr Alcock or Miss Symons.
The intervention group have showed a good deal of teamwork over the term and also some excellent leadership skills and determination. Some highlights include: the focus they showed to create a superb improvised shelter in the woods, with Jacob Green taking a lead on this; Harrison, after a very hesitant start on the climbing wall, came through to win the bouldering competition and reach the top of the second highest wall after nearly falling a number of times; the calmness and politeness the boys showed when working with the visiting Chinese teachers making paper folding artworks, they were a credit to the school.
Bikeability has been affected by some very poor weather, but the students have perservered to attain Level 2 and a number of Level 3 awards this term. I am always impressed by the level of focus and maturity the students show when performing their Level 3 skills on the Tamerton Foliot/Budshead Road roundabout, keeping clear heads amongst the daytime traffic. Bikeability sessions will continue in PE next term, with those who have missed out due to weather, either completing in term 4 or starting in term 5.
(Outdoor and Adventurous Activities Instructor)