Halcyon Week 2017

Here's our blog for Halcyon Week!

Grade 6-7

Turns out the girls are better teamworkers this time!

The Grade 6-7 trip for Halcyon Week was to the Isle of Wight. The activities were wide-ranging and required a variety of problem-solving, communication, teamwork, and risk-taking skills.  
Some of the activities involved Aeroball (a sort of trampoline basketball), Body Boarding, firelighting, outdoor climbing, Low Ropes, Archery, and an Obstacle Course. The students also got to take part in a Mini Olympics, and a Mystery Evening of Whodunnit. All students acquitted themselves exceptionally well and made Halcyon proud! One of the highlights of the week was a VERY competitive mini-golf tournament between the teachers after the students had built the course using cardboard! Mr English, representing the USA was the victor. Other standouts were Sidney's monkey-like climbing skills, Maya reaching the top of Jacob's Ladder, and on the ferry, Sam and Josh's wonderful re-enactment of the "I'm flying Jack" scene from the film Titanic!

Grade 8-10

“This year, Grade 8-10 went to Aberdovey; a little welsh coast village next to an estuary. The Outward Bound staff was very welcoming and the food was delicious. Each group went on a two-day expedition. However, this time we left the tents behind since a storm decided to visit us. Instead of camping, we stayed in cabins. This was great to make new friendships.
The strong winds, rain and cold didn’t stop us. We braved the Snowdonia hills and rivers with a smile. We know that together we are stronger and we can achieve amazing things. We look forward to next year.”

Grade 11

Grade 11 ventured out into the mountains of Snowdonia for a week of hiking, team building and leadership developing! The group split into three smaller groups who hiked through high winds and torrential rain. Safety came first and after walking on the first day of the expedition the students spent time in a barn when the 70mph winds hit. The rain didn't dampen their spirits too much and everyone was able to set off for a second day and camp. Two groups did this under the view of Crib Goch the famous route up Snowdon that in years gone by prepared explorers for far greater feats such as hiking in the Himalayas.

In addition to the hiking, the students had opportunities to canoe, rock climb and abseil. In addition to this, they reflected on their perseverance, resilience, mindfulness, self-motivation and emotional management. The students considered how their experiences in the affective areas can support them in their classroom studies throughout the diploma.