Some of the pupils in Gillingham may not have been looking forward to returning to school this autumn after the long summer holidays.
Not so the final year pupils at Oasis Academy Skinner Street who went away with their classmates and new teachers to Marchants Hill adventure centre for a week of fun team-building activities.
Sixty pupils travelled to the 45-acre adventure centre in Surrey for an exciting week of activities. The children experienced water sports on the centre’s on-site lake, zip lining and archery. Not only was it a chance to experience new things, it was an opportunity to reaffirm, and make new, friendships in readiness for the school year ahead.
10-year-old Millie thought that “It was entertaining even though there were no phones,” and classmate Cherry agreed – “I had a fun and thrilling time that I will never forget.”
Fellow pupil Callum went further – “It was one of the best experiences of my life - if you have fears you should go and lose them there.”
“We had a wonderful week, sharing new experiences with the children,” explains Mrs Debbie Davies, Assistant Principal. “I am so proud of them all for having a try at everything and conquering their fears, I even conquered some of my own! Having so much time to get to know the children more was fantastic.”
Interim Principal of Oasis Academy Skinner Street, Victoria Richmond, says, “We are very fortunate to be able to offer our final year pupils the opportunity to go away for a residential during the first couple of weeks of term. They have a brilliant time, having lots of new experiences and forming firm friendships ahead of their last year with us.”
“It is important to us that the children have a chance to have fun together, and then come back ready to make a great start in the classroom. We want them to look forward to coming to school and learning new things – at Oasis Academy Skinner Street it is the case that if you miss school, you miss out.