For three days, Compass School students explored the great outdoors, developed their resilience and learned how to work effectively in teams as part of a three day residential trip to Blacklands Farm, just 50 miles south of London.
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After a traffic filled journey out of London, we arrived at Blacklands Farm just before lunch and were met by the 4th Dimension team. It had rained all morning, but that didn’t stop us from getting straight off the coaches (with our wellies in most cases!) and into some fantastic activities. The first afternoon has seen students kayaking, dragonboat racing, completing a gladiator climbing challenge, abseiling and orienteering!
The evening saw our students out on the climbing wall, followed by a well deserved cup of hot chocolate and some biscuits. What a day!
An early start at 7am saw the students file in for breakfast of cereals and then beans on toast to prepare them for the challenging day ahead. Compass students wrapped up warm and threw on their waterproofs, knowing that we were in for a day of sunshine and showers. And straight into the first activities of the day – students who had not had a great nights sleep and were still a little sleepy certainly woke up when the heavens opened and we all got soaked! Quickly though, the sun returned and students carried on. Well done to the students out on the lake for managing to stay (relatively) dry and for the orienteering group who said they found all the markers on the course by working well together as a team!
More challenge, more adventure and (sadly) more rain! Our students are certainly developing their resilience! Another afternoon of activities was followed by a lovely dinner and the indoor olympics! Never has anyone seen a cucumber be flung so far like a discus, or a tomato be shot-put through the air! You had to see it to believe it.
The last morning, and everyone was feeling a little sad that we would have to leave. The instructors and team and 4th Dimension made sure that we were fully prepared for the final activities of the trip by serving us fantastic sausage muffins for breakfast. The last activities saw students participate in something else new, before we boarded the coach to head home.
See a short video of our antics below!
Blacklands Farm residential visit 2014 by Slidely Slideshow
After the visit we received some lovely feedback from Rich and his team at Blacklands Farm. We can’t wait to visit them again next year!
I am thrilled to hear that the trip has left a lasting impression on all involved!
We really enjoyed having you all here and thank you for the fantastic support from yourself and all your staff. The children were a delight. It is rare that we have guests from inner London, but when we do they are often some of the most rewarding courses to run.
You are obviously all doing an amazing job there and I hope that 4th Dimension can continue to be a small part of your students’ journey at Compass, as your school continues to grow.
Really looking forward to seeing you all again next year!