As storm Ciara began to make herself known, 29 intrepid students and four staff made their way to PGL Boreatton Park for a weekend of English, Maths, resilience and team building. Leaving straight from OBA on Friday afternoon, the group headed to Shropshire.
On Friday evening, students were given time to move into their accommodation after meeting with the PGL guide ‘Skip’ who gave everyone a quick tour of the main site before dinner. After food, revision began in earnest with the first English task. This was a highly competitive task involving the creative production of English literature quotes in a variety of styles.
Mrs Styles, Head of English said:
We had the joy of seeing our students bring Blood Brothers, A Christmas Carol and The Merchant of Venice to life with our photo challenge. The teams were amazing and between they recalled over one hundred quotes!
This was followed by a ‘capture’ activity in the dark and then suitably exhausted, students retired to their rooms for the night.
Saturday dawned with the knowledge that the day would involve designing, building and sailing rafts! Mrs Thornton, Head of Maths said, “Students were both excited and appalled given the freezing wind. However, the weather gods were on our side and we enjoyed a rare, dry and sunny day. All 3 teams successfully set sail, two teams completing every step of every challenge. Resilience, tick!”
On Saturday afternoon both the English and Maths teams were running sessions. In Maths the students were having a go at another past paper, challenging themselves to answer every question, concentrating on completing every step of the first ten questions without dropping marks. Each week students are trying to get three more marks than last time. This was the target again.
Saturday evening saw the students completing a Maths ‘pub’ style quiz, in the rain, whilst eating birthday cake, sat at the campfire. The major challenge here was for teams to work together to pool their Maths knowledge. The promise of a fast-food reward again saw the competitive nature of our students emerge. Teamwork Tick!
Sunday morning dawned with serious rain. In discussion with PGL, the timetable was adjusted to get all students on the ‘giant swing’ task together. This was another challenging activity, requiring teams to help one another to achieve. This was then followed by another Maths and English task, in Maths students were completing a relay race, focussing on questions which appear on both the foundation and higher tier papers.
Mrs Thornton added:
We further narrowed these questions down to the topics we had already identified as areas for improvement for our students.
After an early, delicious lunch, we loaded the coach, avoiding fallen trees and over-flowing rivers we headed home, tired, but happy!