A scramble through a waterfall, an overnight expedition, rock climbing and tunnelling were just some of the adventures enjoyed by 30 Year 8 students from Churchfields School, Swindon, when they took part in a recent npower Green Outward Bound course in the Lake District.
Funded by the RWE Foundation and supported by Churchfields teachers, and three RWE volunteers, the group spent a week in the outdoors to develop their awareness of climate change, develop important life skills including leadership, teamwork and communication and also test their determination to overcome some tough new challenges along the way. Twelve years old Clara Corbett, one of the young adventurers, said, “I realised I can do anything if I put my mind to it and I can trust people to help me and I can help them”.
The experience was an outstanding success, as James Stevens, head of Year 8 at Churchfields School, explains: “The course enabled students to build trust in each other and gain a good base of knowledge regarding eco-topics. They stretched themselves in a way they have never done before and it is now up to them to put into use their new knowledge and skills.”
The Churchfields students are the first of two groups from the school to be offered places on the five-day course, as part of a two year partnership between the school, The Outward Bound Trust and local energy supplier, RWE npower.
Clare McDougall, head of community and education at npower, says, “We are delighted the students gained so much from the course. Initiatives like this can have a massive impact on all aspects of a student’s life. We run these types of programmes for youngsters from their first day at school right through to their first day at work – with the aim of encouraging confidence, trust in others and a respect for the natural world.”