Year 8 Residential Trip to Aylmerton

Year 8 Residential Environmental Trip to Aylmerton, Norfolk - Friday 9 to Sunday 11 September 2011

On Friday 9 September, Year 8 children set out on a teambuilding course run by Aylmerton Field Study Centre near Norwich.  After a pleasant journey taking in the wonderful Norfolk countryside we arrived at the centre at 7.30pm.  The children quickly acclimitised to their new surroundings and, after a delicious dinner, embarked on a twilight walk to St Margaret's Church within the grounds of Felbrigg Hall.  Outside the main entrance to the church, amongst the gravestones, the children were treated to an engrossing ghost story!

On Saturday, we embarked on a marathon trek through estuary mud to Blakeney Point, an excellent example of a coastal spit.  Both 'The Miah Man' and 'Skippy', our guides for the day, imparted valuable geographical information.  We finished the day at Blakeney in style with a boat trip to see the seals that live at the end of the Spit.  On returning to the centre, the children were treated to a barbecue, followed by a disco and they all entered into the spirit of the event, dancing non-stop for two hours - a quiet night was then had by all!

On Sunday, we remained on site.  The children were split into groups and given a variety of teambuilding exercises to complete, including rope running, building a Monsoon Shelter (rain supplied by the staff!) and collecting pirate treasure.  All the children performed admirably in their tasks, encouraging their peers throughout with little prompting by the staff.


The children threw themselves wholeheartedly into every activity and behaved impeccably throughout our stay. 
They were a credit to themselves, their parents and the school - well done!

Mr Guy, Head of Geography