Benmore 2017: Day 3 – Kayaking

On our final full day at Benmore (yesterday), some of our learners had the chance to do some kayaking on the beautiful Loch Eck. Here were some of their highlights:

James L – “I enjoyed playing the ball game with the kayaks at the end!”

Toby – “I enjoyed kayaking because it was a new experience!”

James G – “I enjoyed trying to balance whilst standing in my kayak and falling in the water!”

Grant – “I enjoyed learning to control the kayak.”

Brandon – “I enjoyed playing the ball game at the end.”

India – “I enjoyed trying to stand up in the kayak and falling in.”

Julia – “I enjoyed the variety of activities we did out in the water with our kayaks.”

Chiara – “I enjoyed learning how to paddle, turn and reverse with my kayak.”

Lewis – “I enjoyed learning how to turn on the spot.”

Danny – “I enjoyed winning the ball game at the end of the session.”

After a leaving disco in the evening, the pupils are up bright and early ready to head home this morning!

Benmore 2017: Day 2 – Abseiling and Climbing

Today at Benmore, some of our pupils got the chance to take part in some abseiling and use the excellent indoor climbing wall. While some of the pupils were apprehensive beforehand, it was a positive, enjoyable experience for everyone, as can be seen in their reflections:

Freya – “I enjoyed having the freedom to choose how high I wanted to climb.”

Niamh – “I enjoyed that were no limits or expectations for how far we had to climb.”

Misha – “I enjoyed that I could choose whichever level of difficulty I wanted.”

Sean – “I enjoyed abseiling down the high quarry!”

Humza – “I enjoyed the freedom I had during abseiling and climbing.”

Nicholas – “I loved abseiling down the 50ft quarry and climbing up the steep indoor climbing wall.”

Fred – “I enjoyed the abseiling because I managed to overcome my fears.”

Liam – “I enjoyed abseiling and climbing because while I was nervous at the start, I felt good at the end.”

Kerry – “I enjoyed having a great first experience on a climbing wall and overcoming my fear to start with!”

Aaron – “I enjoyed being able to practice on the different climbing walls and improving my skills.”

Stay tuned for more updates tomorrow!

Benmore 2017: Day 2 – Gorge Walking

Day two of the Benmore trip has come around, and the pupils are getting stuck in to a variety of activities. Group 4 had the opportunity to do some gorge walking this morning, an experience enjoyed by all! Here are some of their personal highlights:

Joe – “I really liked going over waterfalls and mud!”

Finlay – “I enjoyed climbing over the slippery walks.”

Himmat – “I enjoyed sliding down a gorge, climbing over trees and rocks, and going through tunnels.”

Callie – “I enjoyed getting wet climbing over a waterfall.”

Tara – “I enjoyed working as a team to help us overcome the waterfalls and mud.”

Motiya – “I enjoyed going over waterfalls and working as a team.”

Areeb – “I enjoyed climbing over the trees.”

Dylan – “I really enjoyed getting muddy!”

Thomas – “I enjoyed that I didn’t have to think twice about jumping into the water.”

Alessandro – “My favourite part was checking which rocks were safe to stand on and which might make me slip.”

Further updates to come tonight, so stay tuned!

Benmore 2017 -Day 1

The P7s have safely arrived at Benmore and settled in, getting to grips with the centre and going for an adventure walk with their groups and instructors. This adventure walk involved a tour around the grounds of the site, walking through streams, taking in stunning views, and lots of mud! Here are what some of the pupils had to say about their experiences:

Anna – “I enjoyed walking up the streams.”

Lucy – “I enjoyed walking through mud and streams.”

Emily – “I enjoyed walking up the streams and feeling a redwood tree.”

Kacper – “I enjoyed walking up the stream because it was challenging.”

Rehan – “I enjoyed looking at the amazing views because the scenery was very foggy and cool!”

Imran – “I enjoyed the adventure walk – the view from the view hit was amazing!”

Connor – “I enjoyed walking up the stream because it required teamwork.”

James – “I enjoyed walking up the stream because I enjoy a challenge.”

Alex – “I enjoyed walking up and down the streams because it wasn’t something I usually get to do.”

George – “I enjoyed walking up and down the streams because I liked how the water felt.”

Stay tuned for more updates tomorrow!