Pupils’ adventure raises self-esteem

Adventurous students were given a taste of the great outdoors in an initiative designed to boost self-esteem and leadership.

More than 70 students from Bede Academy in Blyth took on the challenge of a week at an Outward Bound Trust centre in the Lake District tackling mountains, open water and unpredictable weather.

For many of the Year 7, 8 and 9 students it was their first visit to a National Park to experience a variety of outdoor pursuits.

They spent the week on the shores of Ullswater under the expert eye of teachers and staff from Howtown Outdoor Centre, learning a host of new skills designed to stand them in good stead for life.

One of the biggest challenges was an overnight expedition, which involved the students hiking into the countryside with heavy packs, setting up camp under canvas and cooking outdoors.

They also took part in abseiling, climbing, gorge walking and a variety of team-building activities including building a raft from barrels and ropes, camp craft skills, canoeing, obstacle courses and tests of logic.

Teacher and expedition leader Emma Johnson said: “The students have all been amazed by the views and the beautiful countryside.

“It has been really lovely seeing them enjoying themselves in a completely different setting.

“The sessions boost their confidence and self-esteem as they tackle and overcome the host of challenges set for the week.”