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S2 & S3 Residential at Loch Eil

In April, thirty of our young people from S2 and S3 took part in a resilience residential with the Outward Bound Trust based in Loch Eil. The residential consisted of a range of exciting and challenging outdoor activities including canoeing, cannyoning, orienteering and an overnight camping expedition. As part of the trip all young people involved achieved their John Muir Award which consists of discovering, exploring, conserving and sharing their experiences of a wild area.

The range of activities were selected in order to provide pupils with mental, physical and emotional challenges as they worked towards developing their confidence, resilience, teamwork and leadership skills as well as having a great time doing it!

All young people pushed themselves to their limits and conducted themselves in an excellent manner; staff from both the school and Outward Bound were blown away with the commitment and passion from the young people of Lochgelly High School. Staff from Outward Bound stated ‘this is one of the best groups we have had in a long time’ and in a thank you e-mail from one of the Outward Bound Instructors said about the cannyoning experience, ‘This was extremely challenging for all of the pupils, but they were all 100% committed to pushing themselves out of their comfort zones. One of the boys was sure he wouldn’t be able to do it, however when we were finished he looked at me and said ‘well I can do more than I thought I could’. He was grinning and clearly pleased with his great achievement’. From this five day residential five of our young people were awarded scholarships with the Outward Bound Trust which will see them take part in a more intensive leadership course which the school will support them to complete.

The trip was a great success and plans for Loch Eil 2017 are well underway…keep a look out for letters!