As soon as we returned from the October half term holiday, it was time for another two days away from school for 75 year 8 students as it was time for them take part in a lifelong Friesland tradition – the trip to Lea Green
We arrived bright and early on the Monday morning and the students were thrown straight into the activities. For one of the groups, they unfortunately had drawn the short straw and were straight into the stream walk! Following the unusually hot summer we’ve had, the levels in the stream were very low, but we managed to find a few pools so that everyone – staff included – wouldn’t miss out on the authentic, soaked through, stream walk experience.
Other activities the students enjoyed whilst we were at Lea Green included the buggies, problem solving, skyline and zipline and the team swing – the latter looking not so bad, until you see the first pair winched into the sky and hear the screams as they release the catch! It was a fantastic experience and everyone gave it a go.
Before the disco on the Monday night was the legendary Smugglers Run – year 8’s acting as smugglers had to get the “moonshine” from the top of the site to safety of their group’s compounds, without being caught by the patrolling staff. Penalties were due for any smugglers caught by the authorities – if they were lucky, it might have been a sweet or two, or for the unfortunate multiple offenders a small performance. The dark November nights added an extra dimension to the event, with the staff being able to hide in wait and the smugglers being able to use the cover of darkness to evade the authorities!
All in all, it was a fantastic trip out. The students were absolutely brilliant, throwing themselves into every activity on offer. We look forward to taking the current year 7 on their trip to Lea Green sometime in 2019-20!