Oak class pupils returned to Fordcombe tired and happy after their week long residential field trip. The activities undertaken included team building skills and adventurous activities such as canoeing, raft building and abseiling, all designed to challenge children who might not have done this sort of thing before. Each evening after dinner, children nominated others who had impressed them by supporting other children, helping or overcoming a fear that they might have faced. It was lovely to hear the children describe those that had overcome fears, or shown real resilience and strength of spirit when trying new things, or even in some cases, overcoming their fears of sleeping away from home for the first time. Reading, writing and number are all important things that we teach the young people at Fordcombe to do, but equally important is giving them the skills to collaborate and communicate with others, taking a greater independence and responsibility as they do so.
This sort of residential field trip is not something that teachers have to do: Mrs Watling, Mrs Broad and Ms Peel all gave up their own time to support pupils and ensure they had this opportunity. I am incredibly grateful that they continue to offer their time for the young people at Fordcombe to grow and learn in this way.
Many thanks to all those parents that came to help clean the accommodation on Friday morning.