Team Building at PGL
Last month Mr Crowe, Ms Owen, Mr Kories and Mr Sankofa accompanied students to the multi-activity adventure centre, PGL, in Surrey. The venue functioned as an enriching overnight residential for YPA students, and also created memorable moments for all involved, helping students form a stronger bond as a school unit. The YPA group were lucky to have a great PGL leader named Oli who was fantastic with the students and became part of the YPA team.
Each activity had a fun element as well as life-lessons students can apply in their future self-development. The giant swing for example; the height of a small building engaged students in overcoming fear and anxiety, and working as a team. They all had to pitch in to hoist each student up in turns, onto a high swing in the air. This was done by pulling a rope together similar to tug-of-war. Students and staff alike enjoyed the faces pulled and screams as others swung down from such a height.
Students also engaged in archery which was an exercise in sustained focus and accuracy. Another highlight was raft building, where all pitched in to design and build a raft from start to finish, using large plastic barrels, ropes and wooden logs followed by testing if it could float in a pond, with all seated in the raft together!, This encouraged teamwork, communication – the raft did float much to the students and staff delight as none fancied a dip in the cold lake.
UNO was popular in the dormitory’s, as well as social skills such as sharing snacks and eating together at meals as a team, all these activities; in structured and in free –time, made up for an enriching experience enabling both students and staff to bond as a team whilst creating memories that will last a long time.