The 3rd October saw Year 5 travel to the Venture Centre in Maughold for three days of outdoor learning and activities. It was the first opportunity for some of our children to stay away from home and all of them took up the many challenges that were set for them by the Venture Centre staff. From an assault course to abseiling on dry land, to canoeing and kayaking on the lake of Moorage Park, the children had the opportunity to participate in new experiences whilst practising their team-building skills. The centre staff were great at encouraging them to take risks and try new experiences in-between meal times that consisted of more than enough sustenance to keep them going until the next meal. It gave many pupils the chance to try out new activities that they had never tried before and it was wonderful to see so many rising to the challenge, even if it took all of they efforts to achieve their goal. Great skills that they can transfer back into the classroom and at home. This included Mr Chapple who managed to find his way 35 feet up an oak tree even though he’s scared of heights! Certainly a new experience for him. A big thank you goes to Kirsty Newman, Miss Lund, Miss Cheetham and Miss Gill who also made this trip possible, and we look forward to being able to make this opportunity possible for future members of Year 5.