The significance of residential trips

Elmhurst School for Boys

18th June 2018 | Headmaster's Blog

As Year 6 embark on their residential trip to Hayling Island, the boys have been reflecting on all of their achievements so far as well as considering the challenges ahead. We are all delighted with the overall performance of the boys in their entrance examinations and that they have secured places in those secondary schools that will take them through the next stage of their education. The journey to get to this point has been long and tough, requiring a commitment and an attitude to learning that they have all benefited from.

The residential trip is just one aspect of the programme of activities planned for Year 6, following entrance examinations. The French trip, the English Speaking Board Examination and the Shakespeare production in the woods, all offer different kinds of challenges, but the residential trip offers opportunities for the boys to challenge themselves in a variety of different ways.

In ‘Preparing Boys for the 21st Century’ we advocate developing the characteristics of leadership, adaptability and being motivated self starters and the Year 6 residential trip is a time to demonstrate how far the boys have come and to continue developing these characteristics. Whether it be in the raft building, rocket launching or buggy building, the boys will be working in teams where each and every individual will have a role to play in the success of their team. Activities such as rock climbing, abseiling, a gladiator wall and the 'leap of faith' will challenge their individual qualities such as grit and determination.   

There are a number of other activities to look forward to on this trip and the boys grow immensely in the week that they are away. They develop so many qualities that prepare them for the next stage of their education and further on in their lives: resilience, co-operation and teamwork, overcoming their fears whilst spending time away from their parents, many for the first time. They will need to be brave and persevere in the face of a challenge. This is why it is such an important trip.

We wish them all a valuable and enjoyable residential and we look forward to hearing all about their adventure when they return.

-  AJ Padfield

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