13:26 Thursday 02 January 2014

Pupils become one with nature

Written byJENNY MOODY

UTTOXETER pupils battled wind and rain as they enjoyed a week away in the great outdoors.

Year eight pupils from Windsor Park Middle School spent the week at Standon Bowers Outdoor Education Centre which taught them about bonding as teams.

It also moved them away from their usual friendship groups and taught them to work together outside of the school environment.

A school spokesman said: “Team work, supporting fellow peers, problem solving are to name but a few of the skills that the pupils develop.

“Outdoor pursuits take children away from the social media and gaming phenomenon that has, in some cases, become the normal communication network, stepping away from this and getting out trying new activities and pursuits is a breath of fresh air, literally.

“Climbing, orienteering, archery, shelter building (not quite I’m a celebrity style) night walking, rope climbing and balance, along with team problem solving are to name but a few activities the pupils get a chance to experience in their week away.

“Fun, laughter, newly acquired outdoor pursuits, along with hungry kids, muddy boots and smelly socks form what can only be described as a fantastic week had by all.”

One of the parents said: “He came back mucky, tired but thoroughly enjoyed himself and all the activities.”

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