Throughout the week of 4 to 6 October, the Year 7 pupils spent two nights and three days at the Frontier Centre in Northamptonshire. The trip is a long-standing event in the school calendar and we were delighted that following the disappointment of last year, that we persevered to ensure it could go ahead. The pupils had amazing opportunities to canoe, complete a high rope course and fly through the air on a gigantic king swing. The view from the top is amazing! I was lucky enough to join a pupil, who was extremely supportive and helped me to overcome my nerves!
The aim of the trip is to allow the pupils to build on their friendships, to be part of a team with pupils in other forms and to experience some of the fun social activities as well. We held a very entertaining ‘Surbiton’s Got Talent’ show on the Monday and Wednesday evenings, and had a duvet and film night on the Tuesday and Thursday respectively. Mrs Slaughter was a complete star and made the best hot chocolate for everyone.
Seeing the pupils overcome their fears and complete challenges that pushed them out of their comfort zone and feel the sense of accomplishment at the end, was brilliant. The new high ropes course is particularly challenging with an array of aerial challenges, a leap of faith from the top of a very wobbly totem pole and an exhilarating zip wire to take you back down. It was great to hear the girls laughing and being able to have some less formal time to share stories and make connections with others, as well as support each other when completing these challenges. One pupil managed to sing and dance her way down the zip wire which caused great hilarity from all on the ground! The staff were equally keen to be part of the team-building activities. Mr Bray and Miss Rogers both went for a dip in the river during their group’s raft building activities and Miss Rodriguez was repeatedly seen on the king swing!
It is a very special opportunity to support our pupils in feeling more settled at the start of their Surbiton High journey and we loved seeing the muddy but smiling faces at the end of their stay. For those pupils who were sadly unable to join us this year, they were very much missed. We will be providing opportunities for those pupils in November, to make sure that they also get to experience a treat and some additional activities to support them in feeling part of a team and to share their experience of their first half term at Surbiton High School.
Mrs Francis – Head of Year 7Senior School