Nearly 180 students took part in kayaking, zip wire and abseiling as part of this year’s Fairthorne Manor residential. The students, accompanied by 18 staff members enjoyed an action-packed schedule with each taking part in 11 supervised activities plus a night’s camping.
The trip to Fairthorne Manor, near Southampton, is an annual fixture in the Brooke Weston calendar. It encourages the new Year 7 students and their tutors to spend time getting to know each other and team-building. The emphasis is on safety, fun and adventurous activities and students are kept busy around the clock with twilight sessions this year including a games evening, disco and campfire, which featured performances from each tutor group.
Water activities proved very popular with raft-building, canoeing and kayaking ensuring that students all took home piles of wet clothing and trainers. On-land pursuits included the aerial runway, Jacob’s ladder, climbing wall and tree abseiling. All of the activities were led by trained YMCA instructors and the students were encouraged to cheer each other on to achieve the best results they could.