A total of 37 intrepid Calder High School students took on the Ullswater Outward Bound challenge.
Students battled the elements and freezing conditions whilst completing the week long ‘Challenge and Adventure’ course, experiencing a number of outdoor activities ranging from Canoeing to climbing – not to mention the night they all spent on expedition.
Students were selected for their “can-do” and “never give up” attitudes, and they were put to the test from the word go when they all experienced the infamous “jog and dip” into Lake Ullswater.
The lake at the time was a few degrees above freezing, but this did not deter the group from Calder High (staff included), all of whom braved the icy water and some went back for more, jumping in from the jetty! This first activity set the tone for the week and the group was praised time and again by centre staff for their excellent behaviour and attitude to each other and the activities. The teamwork they showed was really put to the test midweek when the groups left the residential centre for a night under canvas (and in the case of one group – a plastic sheet). Led by experienced staff, the students from Calder High trekked mountains, rowed lakes and climbed cliffs to their chosen campsites. They pitched their tents and built their shelters before cooking dinner under the stars. Even the high wind and torrential rain didn’t dampen the spirits – although one group did have to decamp and sleep in a shed after their tents blew down at 1am! When all the groups had returned to the Outward Bound Centre (and they had recovered from their adventures), the students were greeted by Stuart Chadwick, owner of Vale Bridgecraft, Mytholmroyd, where students led presentations about their group adventures. Mr Chadwick, who kindly donated £10,000 to subsidise the cost so our 37 students can enjoy the Outward Bound experience, praised the effort and enthusiasm of the Calder High students. His generosity over the past 14 years has enabled more than 400 students to learn new skills and experience activities that they would not ordinarily get the chance to take part in.
Calder High would like to thank Mr Chadwick for his ongoing support and we all hope he can continue to work with us for the foreseeable future.