Tuesday 3rd November 2009 by C. Freeman
Wet weather and flooding were the hallmarks of this year's Fairthorne Manor trip, although it didn't dampen the spirits of more than 180 Year 7 students who went.
Mr Murphy, said that not only was the weather atrocious, but the newly-built boys' accommodation was in danger of flooding due to a burst water pipe. Luckily Mr Bernard spotted the problem, averting a potential evacuation of the building in the early hours. Some students also had to be re-located at 02:30 in the morning after the front of their tent blew down!
As well as having one night's camping during their four days away, students also had a packed activity programme when they tackled kayaking, canoeing, abseiling and the infamous Burma Bridge.
Mr Murphy said: 'The trip to Fairthorne Manor gave the new Year 7 students a chance to really get to know each other, their tutors and other teachers that they don't normally see. The weather was terrible. On the Wednesday it rained all day for about 14 hours non-stop, but the students just got on with it; they were very positive. It's good for bonding and team building and it was great to see some of them that were a bit nervous at first becoming very confident by the end of the week.'