Last Monday, we went on a three-day Sixth Form team building trip to the quaint little town of Ambleside, lying at the head of lake Windermere, England’s largest lake. Throughout the three days we rarely stopped, making countless trips into the town centre, and participating in activities such as hiking and abseiling.
During our free time, we would wander the town, with Hayes Garden World being our highlight of these little excursions with its vast Christmas display and many varieties of plants to view while wandering through its grounds. It was perfectly described by one of our group, Alec, who said (with a tear of joy glinting in his eye) that it was ‘the embodiment of Christmas’.
When it became too late to go out, we would all sit in the little cafe at our youth hostel playing board games together until the cafe closed and we were sadly kicked out and off to bed.
Our main reason for going on the Sixth Form team building trip was, of course, the activities, and abseiling was the main attraction for us. We had a full day to complete it. We started by travelling a few miles out of town to a car park near the quarry where we would be doing the abseiling. Team building was one of the main focuses of this activity so we all partnered up with someone else in the sixth form that we didn’t know quite as well as some of the others.
We took turns looking after the group and navigating the whole team to the quarry where, despite many people being scared to descend the 20 metre rock-face, we were all encouraged by our whole team and managed to successfully complete it.
Afterwards, we were able to explore the abandoned quarry mines, with Cathedral Cave being the subject of many pictures due to its natural beauty. Then we made the walk back to the car park and headed back to the youth hostel.
The Final Day
On the final day, we made one last trip to the now beloved Garden World, said goodbye to Ambleside and started our journey home. Thanks to our teachers, we were able to stop at a service station on the way back and we finished the last leg of our journey eating overpriced food, which made a thoroughly satisfying end to the trip.
Sixth Form Team Building – Thanks!
We’d like to extend a special thanks to David for some of the most impeccable minibus driving ever seen, Mr Thomas for planning the trip and activities while putting up with us, and to AJ for all her help and support on the trip.
We hope next year’s Sixth Form team building trip will be just as good and are all looking forward to our next outing in the new year, a cultural trip to a European city!!
– By Megan (year 12)
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