On Sunday 21st October, 50 Year 7 and 8 pupils met at Paddington Station to travel down to St Issey in Cornwall for a fun-filled week of activities. We were met at Bodmin Parkway Station by Pip, Ross, Eamon and Danny, who piled us into minibuses and took us to Manor House, an 18th century farmhouse which we would be staying in for the duration of our visit.

In the morning, after all eating breakfast together, we split into two groups. The two activities of the day were a beautiful coastal walk, and bodyboarding and surfing. To warm up before the surfing and paddle boarding lessons, we got into our wetsuits and played some games on the beach that involved moving like lizards, gorillas, and tigers. We probably looked a bit silly but it got us all ready to get into the sea and catch some waves! That evening we played some field games before heading back to the Manor House for a briefing on our rock climbing activity for the next day.

Tuesday was just as enjoyable; every single one of us rock climbed up the side of a cliff, and then we rewarded ourselves with a trip to St Ives, and sampled some of the local treats! Wednesday involved getting completely soaked, as we played netball in kayaks and went stand up paddleboarding. Many of us felt like this was not very aptly named,

since we spent far more time falling off the paddleboard whilst trying to play ‘Heads, shoulders, knees, and jump’ than standing up on it! After drying off, we spent the evening having a guided tour of the Blue Reef Aquarium, where we saw everything from clown fish to Daphne, the octopus!

On our final full day, we all jumped onto bicycles and cycled five miles on the Camel Trail to Padstow. Whilst there, we took the time to do some souvenir shopping and try some crab fishing – not very successfully!

A fun week was had by all, and we were were definitely ready for a good rest when we got back! Everyone tried their best at all the activities, with some girls really surprising themselves with what they were capable of. There was lots of laughter and many new friendships were formed, as well as old ones built on: what a great start to the half term holiday!

Miss Collett