Year 8 Trip to Pembrokeshire
There is always a palpable sigh of relief from Year 8 once the final CE exam is completed and a sense of a weight being lifted. The first opportunity to celebrate was the final Friday, when they spent a very pleasant summer's evening at the Headmaster's House where Mr Evitt and Mrs Davies-Evitt had laid on a feast of a BBQ and an inflatable obstacle course which proved great fun. A very chilled out and relaxed way to close the exam week.
On Sunday morning we set off on the long journey to Pembrokeshire; the traffic was kind but the weather was looking a little ominous. We received a warm Welsh welcome at St David's Bunk Barn, where owners Rob and Christine looked after us all week in lovely accommodation and with fabulous food.
TYF took on the responsibility of our entertainment and all the activities for the week and, as in previous years, were brilliant; they looked after the children very well, helping a number of pupils take on challenges that they perhaps initially found a little unnerving. The weather was mostly kind to us but a little windy which meant that the boat trip out to Ramsey Island for two groups had to be postponed for a calmer and quieter evening, making the experience even more atmospheric with seal spotting at sunset.
Other activities included sea kayaking (another for the brave-hearted on the windy days), coasteering and an abseil and climb down a cliff with crashing waves below. We take our hats off to the children who tackle all of these challenges with such enthusiasm and enjoyment. The less adrenaline-fuelled options included a raft building competition, coastal walk and some on-site or beach-based high energy games. In the evenings we also visited the country's first 'Bug Restaurant' and farm - taking time to admire some of the world's less appealing creepy crawlies before sampling how they taste. This included a chance to hold cockroaches and have stick insects climb on our faces.
It was a great opportunity for Year 8 to let off steam and kick off the end of year process, ending the Welsh adventure in style on the last night with toasted marshmallows by the fire. It was then a real pleasure to share the news that they had all been waiting for on the journey home, that all CE candidates had passed successfully to their chosen schools. Well done!