More than 250 students from Brooke Weston enjoyed action packed residentials to mainland Europe this summer. The French contingent included the Year 8 trip to Paris, a watersports holiday in Argeles-sur-Mer, adventure in the Ardeche, while the Spanish capital provided the backdrop for a cultural visit.
In Madrid students basked in temperatures of 40 degrees while visiting the Reina Sofia and Prado art galleries, the Bernabeu stadium and touring the capital’s shops for souvenirs. Highlights included a visit to the world heritage site of Toledo, an ancient town famed for its marzipan and steel, and a trip to the Warner Brothers theme park.
At Argeles-sur-Mer students were able to try a range of water sports including windsurfing, white water rafting and canyoning where participants drop from rock ledges into plunge pools, slide down rock surfaces and climb. 43 students enjoyed the action-packed trip and there was even time for activities and a disco in the evening.
Adventure was also in evidence in the Ardeche where 27 students kayaked down the gorge, covering a distance of 32 kilometres in three days. They camped under the stars, jumped from rock platforms into the river and tried ‘weaseling’, similar to pot-holing, where they had to squeeze through incredibly narrow spaces. The students also got to try a treetop adventure course with zip wires and four levels of difficulty so there was something suitable for all abilities.
The final trip involved virtually the whole cohort of Year 8 going to Paris. They went to Versailles, the Eiffel Tower and took a boat trip down the Seine. The Stade de France was another attraction, followed by a trip to Montmartre where some of the students climbed to the top of Sacre Coeur for another stunning view of the city. Students also got to spend a whole day in Disneyland Paris, a definite highlight of the trip.
Teachers from each of the residentials commented on the exemplary behaviour of our students, throwing themselves into the trips and many overcoming their fears on some of the more adventurous activities. Details of trips being offered in next year’s residential programme will be distributed to students during term one of the next academic year. The current Year 7s should already have received their letters about next year’s trip to Paris.