Thirty of Cundall Manor School’s 14 year old pupils are braving the elements on a Wilderness Camp trip to learn survival skills including camping out on England’s highest mountain Scafell Pike in the Lake District.
The trip – which encourages the boys and girls to push their boundaries in relatively extreme conditions – includes navigation, pitching their own tents, prepping and cooking meals, a treasure hunt, late night walk with star gazing plus ascent up the 3209 feet high Scafell Pike.
Headmaster Richard Notman:
It’s an invaluable exercise in learning independence and building self-esteem and confidence as well as being great fun. The trip is part of the varied programme of outdoor activities that Cundall puts great store in with children between 8 and 16 years taking part in energetic events from walking up Ben Nevis in a day to week-long sailing trips in Devon.
Whilst we are excelling at examinations – we were the top performing independent co-educational school at GCSE level in the North Yorkshire LEA last year – I believe that’s only one aspect of a child’s education. Learning through outdoor activities is an essential part of broadening a child’s horizons and developing crucial life skills – children spent a lot of time in the ‘virtual’ worlds of the Internet and computer games – this enables children to have amazing adventures in the real world.
The Wilderness trip will take place over three days and is part of the school’s wider curriculum, providing a training ground for participation in activities such as the Duke of Edinburgh Awards as pupils progress further through the school.