Our annual trip to Skern Lodge saw 55 students enjoy a weekend of outdoor activities in the late summer sun
55 students and 8 staff left school on Friday afternoon for Skern Lodge in Devon for the weekend.
Upon arrival the students found their allocated rooms and heading straight down for some dinner of chicken curry, rice and salads. Once they had eaten they had a tour of the site before starting the Friday night Skern Lodge Olympics. Half the group went into the swimming pool where they raced up and down in teams. They then swapped over with the other half who had been into the back field for team games in the dark - such as how far you can run on one scream.
Saturday morning brought a cooked breakfast and then out in the minibuses for rafting down the river Torridge through Bideford. The weather was lovely and there was as much swimming as rafting. Then in the afternoon some groups went onto the climbing and abseiling wall. Saturday evening was spent jumping from the quayside in Appledore into the river estuary before heading back to Skern Lodge to dry off with a campfire and some marshmallows.
Sunday morning was surfing on Westward Ho! beach, where some people were showing off their skills - including Mr Connor who stood up for the first time. In the afternoon we returned to Skern Lodge to attempt the high ropes confidence course – it was impressive to see the students giving that a go.
Goodbyes and thanks were said to staff at Skern Lodge and certificates were handed out before a tired bus headed home to Gloucester on Sunday evening. A good weekend had been had all round, and we hope to return next year.