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Event report


As early morning starts go, our departure was full of anticipation and excitement. None of us had been to Lundy before and so it was with some trepidation too that we waved goodbye to a clutch of anxious parents.

 Castaway Island

 

Our outward journey was everything you would expect, including those familiar school trip sights (and smells). Plymouth to Bideford Quayside is a winding and bumpy road! This, followed by a 2 hour sea journey would prove to be our first big test. The next was concern of an approaching low pressure weather front sweeping straight off the Atlantic.

 Even Staff Struggled

In the end, despite the erratic weather, we needn’t have worried. Lundy proved to be a fantastic adventure location that certainly challenged both children and adults alike.  Our party of 21 children from 8 schools, 4 sixth form Duke of Edinburgh students and 5 teaching staff were treated to a fantastically rich experience that met all of our ‘creative’, ‘physical’ and ‘thinking’ objectives. As well as up-close encounters with dolphins, seals and puffins we undertook a ‘full on’ survival training course led by Dave Roderick of Wildpath Ltd. We eagerly learned how to make fire with sticks, source water, make twine and rope and forage for food.

 The group shortly after arrival! Looking tired already.

In the end, despite the erratic weather, we needn’t have worried. Lundy proved to be a fantastic adventure location that certainly challenged both children and adults alike.  Our party of 21 children from 8 schools, 4 sixth form Duke of Edinburgh students and 5 teaching staff were treated to a fantastically rich experience that met all of our ‘creative’, ‘physical’ and ‘thinking’ objectives. As well as up-close encounters with dolphins, seals and puffins we undertook a ‘full on’ survival training course led by Dave Roderick of Wildpath Ltd. We eagerly learned how to make fire with sticks, source water, make twine and rope and forage for food.

 "Watchout, pirates about!"

This year's ambitious programme was the culmination of a lot of planning by PLP and schools to ensure the curricular needs were addressed as well as the key themes of The Spirit of Discovery. Key to the success were Emily, Nicole, Ben and Jessica, our sixth form team from Tor Bridge High, who worked tirelessly to make the visit a great experience for the children. They became our island experts in all things 'survival'. I would like to thank them for their contribution. I would also like to thank school based staff, Andrew, Jane and Kim as-well as PLP Staff.

Twine making lessons.

We will complete a full review of this year's even through the Autumn Term and beginning the planning for next year. If you want to be involved in this process please let me know.

 It's amazing the things you'll discover on 'The Spirit of Discovery!'

Sponsorship

We are delighted to announced that this year we are being sponsored by Westcare Supplies. Many thanks! 

 

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