Hartlepool pupils get a taste for adventure

Jennifer Uchndu demonstrates her abseiling skills.
Jennifer Uchndu demonstrates her abseiling skills.

Pupils enjoyed a well-deserved break from the classroom when they took to the great outdoors for three days of adventurous activities.

The 24-strong group of Year 5 and Year 6 pupils from St Joseph’s RC Primary School in Hartlepool travelled to St John’s in The Vale, near Keswick, for a residential organised by Hartlepool Borough Council’s Outdoor Activities Team.

Elise Wenn and Sky Ondo take to the water in canoes.

Elise Wenn and Sky Ondo take to the water in canoes.

They took part in a range of exciting activities, including canoeing, gorge walking, rock climbing and abseiling, mountain biking and archery.

Year 6 teacher Mark Holmes said: “It was a fantastic experience for the children and they got to take part in a whole range of activities that most hadn’t tried before.

“We, as a school, think the residential is very important because it is often the first time that children have been away from home without their parents. It brings the class closer together and also gives the pupils a sense of looking after themselves at an early age. They certainly seem to grow up a lot while they are away.

“Everyone had a great time, and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend the residentials to other schools and organisations.

The students get on their bikes.

The students get on their bikes.

“The leaders were great with both the children and the teachers. They are well trusted and liked by all, and have a great attitude and understanding of the children and their needs.”

The Outdoor Activities Team, which is based at Summerhill Country Park, has organised 10 residentials over the last year, most of them for schools. However, they are also happy to take bookings from other organisations and corporate groups. The residentials can be tailored to groups’ specific requirements.

Outdoor activities co-ordinator Adam Reah said: “It is great to hear that the school found the residential to be so beneficial, and it was a pleasure to host the children from St Joseph’s who got involved in all of the activities with a great deal of enthusiasm.”

Schools, other organisations and companies can find out more about the residentials, including prices, by contacting Adam on 01429 284 584 or adam.reah@hartlepool.gov.uk

St Joseph's students go gorge walking during their Lake District adventure.

St Joseph's students go gorge walking during their Lake District adventure.