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Year 11 Residential Trip – Wales 2022. 

Day One

At 10:00am Tuesday Morning, day one of our adventurous trip away began. Oak class packed the mini-bus and off we went! After a 90 minute drive we arrived at the old water mill, located in the heart of Snowdonia.

The first activity of the day was the Toboggan ride at Zip World – a local outdoor adventure park. All of the lads enjoyed the thrilling 710 metre toboggan style roller coaster, so much that we all had three goes! The lads challenged themselves to go as fast as they could through the kilometre of track, with the max speed on the ride being 25 miles per hour!! As it was so hot early afternoon, we all sat down and enjoyed a ‘not so icey’ ice slushy drink before we left for our next adventure!

Later that day we visited Llandudno, where the weather hit heights of a mighty 34 degrees! Oak class were treated to a meal from an excellent Fish and Chips takeaway, which Simon and Mike are obviously regulars at now!! We then sat upon the seafront, watched boats sail by the Little Orme and enjoyed our lovely Fish and Chips… until the seagulls returned! After attacking Willow last month, the Llandudno Seagulls returned to trouble Oak. On this occasion the Chaigeley bunch escaped the scavenging seagulls. Following a great day in Betws-y-Coed and Llandudno, we travelled back to the Coetmor Mill so we could rest up and recharge for the days ahead.

 

Day Two

Day Two began with bacon butties which started the excitement for the great day ahead. Today was the day that we all became Kayaking pros!! so we thought so anyway…  After a 45 minute drive to Holyhead, Anglesey we ended up getting lost. Local road closures led us to the middle of a busy construction site, forcing Simon to show us all his mastery mini-bus driving skills.

Not too long later we were all dressed in wet suits, carrying our kayaks down to the beautiful blue sea. The two hours of paddling, oaring, splashing and crashing was great fun! In fact, I would say that kayaking was the best part of the trip and I’m sure all involved would agree. Kayaking gave us all the opportunity to see the beauty of Anglesey from a different perspective; it truly was a wonderful experience. Oak class picked up their kayaking skills very quick, they took instructions very well and represented the School in great light.

We returned to the Mill later that evening, where we enjoyed a late tea of Cheese burgers and Wedges which were cooked by the multi-talented trip leader, Simon. That night Oak class played hide ‘n’ seek, as they were fuelled by the excitements of the day… and maybe some sugary treats.

 

Day Three

The last day commenced early hours on Thursday, where we got to the serious D of E part of the trip. Oak had to navigate their way around the Ogwen Valley, luckily they came prepared! One of the pupils had with them a map, first aid kid, handheld radio and their trusty fire extinguisher… now only one member of Oak could have came that prepared.  The long walk in Snowdonia came to an end, two hours late!! On the way home the mini-bus was almost silent, which was a complete opposite experience to the journey to Wales on Tuesday. Most of the group fell asleep for the journey home, even Callum Leonard!

This year’s Year 11 Residential Trip was a great experience and an amazing way to finish Oak’s time at Chaigeley.  Well done to all of the pupils for getting involved in the trips adventures and activities, and for being such great company. I’m sure the pupils of Oak will forever remember what an amazing time away that they had in Wales… with the best staff in Chaigeley obviously!!

Tan y tro nesaf!!

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