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Embracing new challenges and conquering fears with Outward Bound

Published on 26/06/18

Students from Orchard School Bristol proved that no mountain is too high on an adventure-filled trip to Aberdovey in north Wales last month.

Forty Year 9 students spent five days completing tough challenges – including a two-day mountain hike – as part of the Outward Bound experience.

The Outward Bound Trust works with students from across the country to equip them with valuable skills for education, work and life.

The outdoor challenges included a two-day trek up Cadair Idris mountain and camping overnight in a log cabin, canoeing down the Dovey estuary, jumping from a trapeze and climbing a challenge wall.

Morgan, who was one of the few students to be awarded a scholarship to fund another adventure course with Outward Bound, said: “The most challenging part for me was the mountain climb – my legs were really aching afterwards!

“One of the highlights was overcoming my fear of heights by jumping off a really high trapeze. I also really enjoyed meeting the other students from Oasis Brightstowe and making new friends.

“I was really proud to be awarded the scholarship for my communication skills and boosting other students’ morale throughout the week.”

Ellie, who was also awarded a scholarship for helping and encouraging others, said: “The mountaineering was the toughest part – especially having to carry our tents and bags on our back. But we all kept going.

“I think the highlight for me was when we got to go on the speedboat and jump into the sea afterwards – that was great fun.”

Mat Grafton, wellbeing and engagement lead at Orchard School, accompanied the students on the trip. He said: “It was a week of challenging expeditions, students building their resilience, working as a team and learning important life skills.

 “They were respectful to one another, to students from the other school and their instructors; they were ambitious and embraced new challenges and showed huge amounts of determination and grit.

“Two of our students were so excellent, they were awarded scholarships to fund another adventure course with Outward Bound.

“All students represented our school brilliantly, continuously demonstrating our school values and they did Orchard School proud.

“We would also like to thank HSBC for sponsoring the trip – we look forward to working with them again in the future.”