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A fantastic getaway

At the end of October a group of year 9 and 11 students went to Marchants Hill PGL camp for a fun-filled three days away.

The group enjoyed a variety of different activities (and were very impressed with the food on offer throughout the stay!). The giant swing was the first of the ‘high wire’ activities; students pulled ropes to ramp the swing up higher and higher for their friends – nobody on the ground could hear them shouting “stop we are high enough!” Students also went down an incredibly fast zip wire which was great fun (unless you were the photographer!). The abseiling tower was even higher and only the very brave had a go. Nati overcame all his fears to step off the top of the tower, and then went straight back up for another go.

For the raft-building activity students were split into 2 teams. Kieran and Jamie had a great idea for their raft and actually went against the instructor’s advice by designing something totally unique. Their creativity paid off and, with a few adaptions, they took to the water successfully.

The assault course was really challenging but Taiarn flew around it much faster than anyone, another school even stopped to watch him they were so impressed.  Archery was Jamie’s strongest activity and he managed to beat everyone – staff included!

The PGL staff kept everybody busy with activities throughout the days, and the evenings were great fun, too. On Halloween there was a campfire with toasted marshmallows, and the second evening they ran a brilliant game called ‘hunter in the dark forest’.

Teacher Ms Bevis said: “We were delighted at the wonderful way the students represented YPA. On the minibus home all talk was of the next time they go away…….!” Suffice to say, they are planning more PGL breaks in the future!

YPA has a good understanding and built a rapport with my son. He has been happy and well cared for to the point where he has met his full potential and thrived. The right balance and structure has provided for my son’s complex needs. Thank you for your continuous support.  Parent

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