Lovely Lockerbie!

Year 6 enjoy a fabulous residential trip

The day of the highly anticipated Year 6 residential trip to Lockerbie Manor finally arrived. The excited children safely reached their destination on Friday afternoon and were keen to experience the activities on offer. No sooner than they had arrived, the children were kitted out and ready for their first round of activities.


First of all, they worked in small teams to guide each other around an obstacle course. In theory this seemed like it was going to be easy until the children discovered that blindfolds had to worn! Their willingness, determination and perseverance enabled them to conquer the course and great fun was had by all. Their next adventure of the climbing wall saw some of the children overcome any fears of heights whilst others took the opportunity to race against the clock. By the end of the session all of the children had gained a real sense of achievement.

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After re-energising with a continental and full English style breakfast the children were ready for action on day two. As the morning Scottish sun shimmered down on the lake, some of the groups headed out onto the calm water in their kayaks and canoes to play numerous individual and team games. These games certainly allowed the children to develop their kayaking capabilities and canoeing control. Meanwhile, Mr Haworth’s group went on the offensive and lunged into the ‘en garde’ position to call upon their skills in an attempt to master the art of fencing. In their first session, Mrs Shipley’s group decided to opt for the low ropes and successfully tackled a range of obstacle stations where communication and teamwork skills were essential. During morning break there was even time for an East Lancashire footballing derby to be played between some of the pupils from Westholme and those visiting Lockerbie from a primary school in Burnley! The afternoon saw the children rotate groups and sample the activities their friends had taken part in during the morning. One more evening session was still to be enjoyed and the group took part in crate stacking and zip-wiring as well as a blind obstacle challenge which really tested them. Through determination and a willingness to try new things the children’s self-confidence began to flourish and ‘crate’ fun was had by all!

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An early breakfast on day 3 prepared the group for their final full day in the beautiful grounds of their weekend retreat. Shelter building was the first activity and the groups used branches, twine and ferns in order to build structures that were stable, strong and structurally sound. The next activity saw the children take to the high ropes where many of them swiftly raced around the circuit, showing immense agility and coordination. However, with the support of the centre staff all of the children tackled at least some of the daunting obstacles.

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Teamwork, communication and a sense of adventure were all skills the children needed to call upon for the military style obstacle course which was next on the agenda. The course provided fun and challenges for everyone but before too long, it was time for them to swap their safety helmets and harnesses for party clothes and dancing shoes; yes, it was time for the Lockerbie disco! With energy in bucket loads (despite the busy schedule of activities) everyone took the opportunity to dance and sing the hours away!

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All too soon, the final day had arrived, but before the group departed for their journey home, everyone enjoyed an archery taster and an adrenaline activating abseiling session – this proved to be extremely popular and rounded off their adventures in true style.

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The children (and staff!) had a fabulous time in Lockerbie and made memories that will last a life time. Thank you to the staff for accompanying this marvellous group of children on their adventure and to the children for their fantastic company!

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