The year 10's undertook several challenging tasks throughout the week including the 'jog and dip', canoeing, a jetty jump as well as hiking and camping within the welsh wilderness. On the whole the trip was throughly enjoyable! The group showed a real sense of unity and cohesiveness and all students worked hard and were challenged one way or another. The students excelled and pushed themselves to the limit!
Overall the students performed well and upheld the reputation St Marks has with Outward Bound. The Year 10's that attended should give themselves a huge pat on the back for their efforts and determination and remember "there is no failure just feedback" (Mr Trenchfield, 2015).
One of the students on the trip has written a review of the week, please see this account below as well as the gallery of photographs!
by Lemuel Gonzales
Before we went on this expedition, I was probably the person who feared taking risks and challenges.
On the way to Wales there were mixed feelings from everyone in the coach, everyone was so happy that we’ve been given a week-long vacation in West Wales… I guess we were a bit over-enthusiastic about the whole situation! But I knew that this week would not be easy and felt butterflies flying around my stomach knowing that.
On the first day, they gave us enough time in our rooms and dorms to settle and get used to how things work around the site, they even gave a site tour. But never did all of us think that we’d be doing an activity straight after we just got back from an 8 hour long coach ride… Jog and Dip was our first activity to try and build a sense of being in a team. Jog and dip involves our newly formed teams running to the closest beach together and slowly walking into the cold welsh waters. This was a challenge for many of us but to be honest, it wasn’t half bad because everyone attempted to try and do it. That’s the whole point of this trip in the first place right? To challenge ourselves and build teamwork and co-operation.
The first day was nothing compared to what was actually in store for us in the next 4 days. The second day included a canoeing trip up the estuary of the River Dovey (something which I had never done before), we paddled for almost 3 hours, which was so much fun! I got to go on a canoe with Mr Kilford who was surprisingly good with canoes!
On the third day we prepared and took a hike and camp for nearly 8 hours on the mountains near Aberdovey. This expedition took me beyond what I thought I was capable of and an eye-opener to help me understand my limits. This trip proved to me that I could lead a group of people by myself in the middle of nowhere!
It our last day. I was sad to know that we’re going to be back to everyday reality… But this expedition helped me realise what I’m capable of doing even though before, it challenged me and motivated me to be better. Looking back… It was tough at times, even doubted and sometimes I felt like giving up but the team is always there for you, the same way you’ve always been there for them when they needed it the most. Teamwork, consideration, co-operation, leadership, individuality, empathy, strength, persistence and patience are just a few things that I’ve learnt during our time at Outward Bound; things that I will soon use later is life and in the future to come. And now, I can truly say that without this trip and without the people who made the journey with us, I wouldn’t be the person I am today. And for that I am forever thankful.