On Tuesday 20th June P7 set off on their residential to Ardnabannon in Castlewellan. Shortly after arriving the pupils settled into their dorms, made their beds (some more successfully than others) and were shown around the grounds of the centre. After lunch the pupils made the short journey to Tollymore Forest Park to complete an adventure walk that involved them walking over and under fallen trees and making their way through tunnels, water and mud. The first day was finished off with an orienteering activity around the grounds of the centre.
After an early start and a big breakfast the pupils started off the second day of activities with high rope climbing and a zip line. Following more tasty food at lunch the pupils completed a hill walk from Annalong up through the Mourne Mountains. At the top, the pupils were able to look at the other peaks in the mountain range and take in the view below (they also had a biscuit to give them energy for the descent).
Thursday was the day that a lot of pupils enjoyed the most. In the morning they completed wet water bouldering at Bloody Bridge. This involved climbing over slippy rocks, swimming through water and jumping off rocks into deeper water at the end of the climb. In the afternoon the pupils went canoeing at Castlewellan Forest Park. They even got off their canoes onto the island on the lake. Following the busy day of activities the pupils were ready for their dinner and dessert.
On Thursday evening, after a short rest, the pupils made the journey to Newcastle. While in Newcastle, the pupils bought ice-cream, frozen yogurts, milkshakes (all of which were extremely tasty!) and lots of sweets. Following the ice-cream and a walk along the promenade, the pupils returned to the common room at the centre for a DVD and sweets night.
On the last morning the pupils quickly packed their bags, tidied their dorms and stripped their beds, in preparation for breakfast and the final activity. After breakfast P7 ventured to Castlewellan Forest Park for an orienteering activity and an attempt at finding their way through the maze.
As the pupils made the journey back to school on the bus it was clear that they had a great time and used up a lot of energy in the process. Some even used the bus journey to catch up on some much-needed sleep! It was a great four days away and the pupils can all be proud of how they approached each activity, with many pupils completing various activities that they didn't think they would be able to do. They behaved well, looked after themselves and most importantly had lots of fun with their friends.