On 5 May 2015, Year 6 left Hawley Place School and ventured to Swindon to start their 4 day residential trip. On arrival the children were taken to their bedrooms and settled in quickly, then taken by the PGL representative to play ‘capture the flag’.
Day 2 saw the children busy with the zip wire, mountain biking and then raft building in the afternoon. The raft building was a fantastic way to develop team skills and although some children got very wet, there was lots of smiling and plenty of splashing.
Unfortunately the wet weather meant the wood was too damp to have a real campfire outside. So in true PGL style it was adapted and a pretend fire was set up inside, using torches. The children sang songs and played games until it was time for bed.
On the final full day the group took part in survivor, climbing and finally the tree top study trail. Climbing through the trees was excellent fun but after a couple of hours the time had come to get ready for the disco! Year 6 dressed to impress and joined the PGL staff for dancing, singing and strutting. At the end of the evening the children returned ready to pack, however a few of them were more concerned with how the general election was going.
On Friday 8 May we took all suitcases to the waiting area, said goodbye to our rooms and went to the final activities – abseiling and aeroball. Throughout the week the children showed an amazing capacity to face fears, show kindness to others, develop independence and work as a team in true ‘Team Hawley’ fashion.
Well done Year 6 and thank you for an amazing 4 days!