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Fairthorne Manor Residentials

Fairthorne Manor Residentials
Students at Fairthorne Manor
Saturday 28th October 2006 by C. Freeman
Each year around 190 Year 7 students visit the YMCA's Fairthorne Manor near Southampton. For four days they meet and conquer a series of challenges – walking across a rope bridge, scaling a climbing wall, paddling a canoe and kayak and even sliding down a zip line. Many students face and overcome their own private fears – whether they're afraid of water, heights, homesickness, or even their parents telling them off for getting dirty!

Everyone comes away with their own set of memories; the raft that fell to pieces, the student who eventually plucked up the courage to leap from the tower, that shoe which needed rescuing from the water under the rope bridge or that tutor group singing campfire songs. It was a very bonding experience for the tutor groups as they tackle the challenges such as filling a tube with water – no problem you might think, except for the holes drilled up the sides, walking across a 'swamp' on small pieces of wood or tackling the assault course. Some tutors seem to love getting wet and some seem to prefer getting everybody else wet. Camping out in the cold and wet or being embarrassed at the disco can even add to the Fairthorne experience – honestly! Here's a few shots of just some of the challenges faced during Fairthorne 06 …

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