Pupils enjoy amazing Ardèche adventure

As part of the School’s inaugural Activities Week, a group of pupils from Forms 1 and 2 travelled to Ardèche in France for an exciting week of outdoor adventure.

Activities Week Ardeche trip

With the focus on developing teamwork, leadership and resilience, not to mention their sense of adventure, the pupils threw themselves into a range of fun and challenging activities in the national park, which is south of Lyon.

The youngsters kicked things off with a high ropes activity which saw them conquer increasingly difficult and elevated rope walks, ladders and zip wires in the trees.

They followed that up by exploring the largest show cave in France, Orgnac-l’Aven, and finding out about its stone age origins, before spending a day climbing, abseiling and weaseling amongst crags set in the region’s scenic limestone cliffs.

All of that though was a mere precursor to the pupils’ biggest adventure - a two-day kayak descent of the river Ardèche! After learning the techniques needed to navigate the gorge, the intrepid youngsters set off on their journey, negotiating white-water rapids along the way. After camping overnight – and ever eager for a challenge - the group also managed to squeeze in some swimming and canyoning in the river.

During their trip the pupils also enjoyed the chance to experience local culture and cuisine, and practise their French language skills, by visiting local markets and villages.

Trip leader, Guidance and PE Teacher Chris Allan, said, “The application, attitude and conduct of our pupils was first class. It was a pleasure to receive so many positive comments from members of the public when travelling, in addition to the glowing feedback from the Adventure Ardèche staff who led our pupils’ activities during their time in the Ardèche.”

Thanks to Adventure Ardèche for putting together the fantastic highlights video.