Students Challenged on Outdoor Education Week

Twenty one Year 9 students from Albany Academy took part in an outdoor education week. The course, which was held at Tower Wood in the Lake District, is designed to improve the pupils’ teambuilding, leadership and communication skills.

The students enjoyed a great time and experienced a variety of activities such as dry slope skiing, kayaking, canoeing, high ropes, climbing and team building skills which included raft building. The students also learnt orienteering skills which they put to good use during their mountain day.   

In the evening students were kept busy with night orienteering, quizzes, team challenges and problem solving activities such as a blindfold challenge.

Students were also taught life skills which involved daily housekeeping duties. These included tidying and maintence in specific areas such as the dining area, bedrooms, boot room and drying room.

Mr Peacock, who had coordinated the week said, “In today’s society children find it difficult to cope without access to social media, mobile phones, computers and TV. They often lack basic communication and social skills. An adventurous week away relying on their own fitness, initiative, and independent and group work skills is something all children need to experience.”

Year 9 student, Brandon Wilson said, “I went to Tower Wood last year and really enjoyed it. I wanted to go again this year as it was offering new activities for us to try. I loved the skiing but I especially enjoyed the kayaking as you can go fast and it is a great challenge to stay out of the water when you are in them.”

Holly Drysdale, another Year 9 student said, “I really enjoyed the experience at times it was cold but you just got on with it and enjoyed the experience. I really enjoyed skiing on the Dry Ski slope.”