Year 6 have had an adventurous start to the new academic year with a trip to Hollowford Education Centre at Castleton in the Peak District.

With Archery, raft building, rock scrambling – or weaseling – and caving the boys were kept active and busy for the three-day trip.

On the first night the boys made camp and camped under the stars. On the second evening the whole group went on a night hike with head torches.

Spencer said: “We did weaseling in the Hope Valley which I was a bit nervous about to start with. The tunnels and holes were made millions of years ago when there was a big river that ran through the valley.

I was a bit scared as it was quite dark in places and I didn’t know what I was going in to. I gradually got my confidence and felt braver and I helped and encouraged Anish.

I think my absolute favourite part was as the tunnels and gaps got smaller I challenged myself to go through them. I felt ecstatic when I’d done it. When I started off I didn’t think I’d be able to do it – but I did!”

Mikeli has just started in Year 6 at Derby Grammar School. He said: “I really enjoyed the trip. My favourite activity was the leap of faith because everyone was so supportive and encouraging. It really helped me get to know my new classmates.”

The boys were accompanied by Year 6 teacher Mrs Jackson and the school chaplain, Reverend Paul Taylor.

Mrs Jackson said: “We’ve had a thoroughly enjoyable few days. It’s a great way to start to the year. The boys have all worked together on their activities, it really does create superb team spirit and brings the whole class together.

We typically get a number of new boys in to Year 6 at the start of the academic year, so they are familiar with the school before moving to Year 7 the following year. A trip like this helps everyone to get to know one another.”

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