Welcome to The Spirit of Discovery
Biking and campcraft on the 17th June
Friday saw the final SpOD team training day with the children - cycling and camp craft on the edge of Dartmoor. Not even the threat of rain could dampen spirits as the excitement was now palpably building towards the main event in July! We have already had some lovely, positive feedback about how individual children have already positively challenged their perceptions of what they thought they could do. Indeed, one of the children had even taught themself to ride a bike in the last four weeks so they could take part in the event properly.
On the day, initially a couple of children who were reluctant or unable to ride were, with some encouragement, proficient and confident at the end of the day and it was both humbling and a pleasure to spend the day in the company of such quiet, but fierce determination. After a two hour adventure up the cycle trail from Coypool, lunch and campcraft with Mr Maddison and his Trangia followed, before a slightly swifter return journey.
The children have mixed and bonded well as a group and it was gratifying to see their evident delight just from taking a simple journey by bike. Everyone is now looking forward to the main event on the 4th July which we hope will provide the children with some lasting and fun memories of sustainable environmental practice and the beautiful Cornish coast.
"You have brains in your head.
You have feet in your shoes.
You can steer yourself any direction you choose.
You're on your own.
And you know what you know.
And you are the guy (or girl)
Who'll decide where you go." -- Dr. Seuss, Oh, the Places You'll Go!
The Spirit of Discovery main event will run from the week beginning 4th July 2016. The location chosen for the event is the beautiful South East of Cornwall.
Pupils will depart from Plymouth Train Station on the morning of Monday 4th July and their journey of discovery will return them by sail boat in the afternoon of Thursday 7th July.
Both challenging and rewarding, the event will focus upon the themes of: ‘Creative Me’; ‘Thinking Me’ and ‘Physical Me’ with the overall theme being around environmental sustainability.
Participants will be expected to be environmentally self-sufficient throughout, this includes travelling from location to location either on foot, by bicycle or using wind power. Of course, ‘the challenge lies within’...