On Monday 22nd April, Brodie, Connor, Harris, Jamie, Luca and Shaun headed off on a three-day residential trip to the Compass Centre in Glenshee. After an introduction by staff at the centre, the boys spent the first evening settling in and playing the card game ‘Loot’, which has become something of a tradition on trips away from school.
Day one started off with raft building. The boys were given some tips on how to design and build a raft that could be floated on the loch. They were then split into two teams. While Mr Gannon’s raft (built by Brodie, Shaun and Jamie) sat perfectly on the water, Mr Robertson’s didn’t stand up to the test and collapsed almost immediately. So as well as taking part in a great team building activity, Luca, Harris and Connor had the opportunity to put their problem solving skills to the test, and it wasn’t long before they had the raft shipshape.
The afternoon saw the pupils up in the tree tops tackling the high ropes course. To quote Mr Gannon, one of the staff members who accompanied them there: “All the boys managed this excellently: some were naturals and took to it like a duck to water ….or a monkey to trees,” while the less confident did an excellent job overcoming their fear of heights. A special mention must go to Brodie who completed the course in record time for his age group.
On Day two there were more fun activities designed to present the pupils with different challenges and help them develop various skills. The climbing wall was a particular favourite and, again, all the boys managed it excellently. In the evening some of them took part in a ‘bat walk’. This involved using a ‘bat detector’ to locate bats around the building and local area. Not only great fun, but also an educational session where they learned some interesting facts about the flying mammals.
The next day, the group stopped off in Dundee for lunch and some trampolining before heading back to school. The boys unanimously agreed that the trip had been a great success. Well done to each of them for their determination, and for conducting themselves in a manner that represented the school in such a positive light. Finally, a big thank you to the Compass Centre staff, who once again ensured everyone was well looked after and entertained throughout the stay.
Some comments from the boys:
“I enjoyed being away for a few days, doing the activities. My favourite was the sky trail where I got the fastest time for my age group ever on that course.” (Brodie)
“I had a good time, I really liked the high ropes course. It was a good place to stay and the staff were really kind and funny.” (Jamie)
“It was fabulous, there was lots to do like high ropes and raft building. The centre was good, it had everything we needed and I would definitely go back.” (Luca)
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