The second Sunday of Summer half term so it must be the Year 7 Welsh trip. An almost prompt start from school at 9am and the minibuses loaded with kit children and staff set out for Snowdonia. The fifth trip and the best weather with six days of blue skies made all activities possible and more sun cream was used than in the previous four trips.

After an uneventful journey, we arrived at the centre for a bite to eat and settling in which included the first dip in the river. Weaselling was the evening activity which is basically crawling around a huge boulder field both over and under. Initial fears of claustrophobia were rapidly dismissed and only our gap student managed to get a bit stuck. The final member of our party arrived from High Wycombe at about 9.30am then it was back to the centre for a well-deserved night’s sleep.

Monday was a wet and dry day with canyoning, clip lining and abseiling which, together with a cheeky ice cream in the sunshine in Betws, were accomplished without incident. A ten hour day followed by food and R and R before bed.

Tuesday was mountain day and the conquering of Tryfn at 3000ft – only Mr Minnikin had the courage to climb Adam & Eve (have a look on Google!) Again a beautiful sunny day with lots of sun cream and water. We set off at 9.30am and got down to the ice cream shop for 5.00pm. The entire party was tired but triumphant! The evening meal was followed by indoor Olympics and an off the cuff drama production.

Wednesday was the designated wet day on Anglesey for coasteering and clip lining including the brave doing 5m jumps into the sea which I have to say is a little chilly at this time of year even in my wet suit! Again a long day of activities followed by the evening river swim and a quiet evening before bed.

Thursday was a dry day of consisting of rock climbing and abseiling before the BIG tidy of the centre in preparation for our departure. At 5.00pm and we are off again – this time we had a meal out with slush puppies and a two hour instructed session on the dry ski slope in Llandudno! A busy day before returning back to do the final pack.

Friday was departure day for Copthorne and a big thank you to Andy, Bryn and Ian – our three excellent instructors from E3adventures. An extra big thank you to Becci for preparing all the food for us all.

A great week – thank you to the cheerful school staff and the kids who really achieved a great deal in the week.

More photos can be found on the Parents Zone.        

Mr Coulson