Spirit of adventure on display during F1 residential trip

Pupils embrace hands-on outdoor activities at Nethybridge

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F1 pupils had the chance to make the most of their spirit of adventure when they took part in an exciting residential trip.

In September, the entire year group travelled north for a four-day stay at the Abernethy Adventure Centre at Nethybridge in the Cairngorms National Park, during which they took on a series of hands-on outdoor activities, including mountain biking, canoeing, kayaking, gorge walking, climbing and zip wire, not to mention team challenges, field studies and camping.  

The trip, which is organised annually for pupils in F1, saw the youngsters split into the pastoral groups, or houses, which they will be in for the next six years. The aim is to develop teamwork and enable the pupils to have fun together and get to know the pupils and guidance staff in their house.

Deputy Head Senior School, David Brett, said, “The F1 pupils will never forget the Nethybridge Residential. Their shared experiences allowed them to build relationships, with peers and staff alike, that will carry them through their school days and beyond.

“Whether the personal challenge was climbing a rock face or finding a dry pair of socks, every pupil had an opportunity to develop resilience while becoming part of a team with their new house group.”

You can catch an entertaining glimpse of some of the activities which the youngsters took part in by having a look at a video which Teacher of Health and Food Technology, Ottilie Anderson’s, F1 tutor group have put together.