Trips to Wales
Departing on Friday 12th June, 44 students and 5 member of staff from Ranelagh School made their way to Tirabad Outdoor Education Centre for a week of exciting activities. The week provided an occasion for pupils to develop a new found level of independence, responsibility and the opportunity to enhance their leadership and teamwork skills.
Most days started with an early wakeup call at 7am and a room inspection, most of whom consistently passed with flying colours. Activities varied daily and challenged pupils in many different ways; caving was normally a quiet outward bound journey in the mini bus as pupils wrestled with the anxiety of the unknown and stories of ‘The Letterbox’. Pupils also participated in canoeing, crate vertical challenge, survival skills and gorge scrambling, demonstrating great vigour and dynamism. It was pleasing to witness so many individuals over coming fears and accomplishing so much in a week. In addition, I am sure the mountain walk and wild camping will live long in pupil’s memories.
On Sunday the 14th of June, 47 Ranelagh students departed rainy Bracknell for the sunny shores of Lake Bala, in north Wales for a week of outdoor activities. We were hosted by the Rhos-y-Gwaliau outdoor activity centre, where a variety of activities were enjoyed by all. Days were spent; exploring the lead and slate mines, sailing, mountain trekking and wild camping, as well as fun raft building, kayaking and gorge walking (the favourite activity for most). Rosy cheeks from fantastic weather greeted parents on our return the following Saturday. It was a fantastic week that developed the student’s skills in; leadership, teamwork and independence.
Trip to Paris
From the 15th to 19th of June, Paris played host to 60 Ranelagh students and 6 teachers as the Year 9s embarked on the annual Paris cultural trip. The trip began on Monday with the students taking the ferry from Dover to Calais and traveling south towards Paris and their centre in Ozair-La-Feerreire on the outskirts of Paris. The next 2 days were spent traveling in to Paris to site-see the main attractions Paris has to offer. These included climbing the Eiffel Tower, Crusing along the Seine, visiting the science museum, appreciating some modern at the Pompidou centre and visiting Quasimodo at Notre Dame.
And then on Thursday we visited Disney. The students put their time to good use visiting both parks riding as many rollercoasters and other rides as they could. Ride highlights include, Indiana Jones, Tower of Terror and The Aerosmith Roller Coaster.
On the Friday we headed back home via the Euro tunnel, but to keep the Disney spirit alive we watched 3 Disney DVDs!
Overall it was a fantastic trip where the students despite being exhausted from all the walking and heat made the most of their time in the most visited city on Earth.