This term we were very much looking forward to going away for a residential experience at PGL in Caythorpe, Lincoln.
To provide the very best opportunity for PE: Outdoor and Adventurous Activities and to promote leading healthy active lives; we offer this trip in order to build character and embed values such as respect for each other in challenging situations. Whilst away, our pupils develop their physical skills in new and exciting situations, as well as exercising important social skills such as teamwork and leadership.
They develop independence – some pupils have never been away from home before, and they gain a new sense of responsibility and understanding that they can make decisions of their own and remain safe.
We hope to promote an enjoyment for participating in outdoor activities that lasts a life time, and that the pupils adopt a positive attitude to challenge and adventure. We see them gain personal confidence and self-esteem through taking on new challenges that take them out of their normal comfort zone and enjoy seeing them take pride in achieving personal success.
They are continually developing their self-awareness and social skills, and their appreciation of the contributions and achievements of themselves and of others.
These skills can all be related back to real life at home. When faced with a difficult problem in school, they can now draw on the strength that they needed to find in order to take that extra step on the High Ropes or go into the dark tunnels. They can remember that they do have the inner capability to attempt difficult challenges, and to set personal goals that provide enormous pride when achieved.
They develop in maturity, needing to find the self-confidence to tell a teacher or instructor if they are unsure of anything. Pupils have to make decisions about many situations when away from home, including what and how much to eat, how to get on with room-mates and personal hygiene. Many of them will only have asked parents in previous situations like this, but as Eagle Owls all now know – PGL stands for Parents Get Lost (In the nicest possible way!)!
Most of all: the pupils have fun and build life-long memories!
Here are some photos of Eagle Owls enjoying their week away.