Over the winter sports season the children of Thornlow Preparatory School have been taking part in a number of different outdoor activities on the Isle of Portland. With the help of Weymouth College instructors the children have learnt how to rock climb, scramble over rocks and mountain bike in the quarries.
All children took part in all activities and it was wonderful to watch the children's development as the weeks progressed. In climbing the increased confidence that the pupils developed was incredibly evident because they simply gained the confidence and ability to climb higher up the rock face.
Walking and scrambling was another one of the successful activities. The Weymouth College instructors would equip all the children with harnesses and ropes ready for any obstacle. On the final week, Year 4 started at The Bill and scrambled over the rocks having to overcome certain obstacles. One of these obstacles was to abseil down a small cliff edge which required everyone to work as a team. The Year 7 and 8 children were given maps and GPS devices during their sessions to find hidden clues; this also required team work and leadership skills. On another occasion the children visited the pirate burial site.
Mountain biking was the third activity children participated in. This involved getting muddy plus building confidence and balance. This was hugely popular throughout the year groups and showed the pupil's adventurous side!
We would like to thank the Weymouth College Instructors for providing such high quality and stimulating activities which suited all of the children’s needs. The instructors were always getting the children to laugh and ensured that every experience was a very positive experience.
My final words are to thank the instructors Alex, Lee, Joe and Harry for providing such fantastic activities and experiences for all the children.
Written by Mr J. Heath, 15th March 2013
Published by Mrs L. Clarke