The Year 6 trip to the Outward Bound Centre at Loch Eil was a first for St Leonards, and was the culmination of a year of planning and preparation. It was designed to complement the annual Year 7 trip to the Ridgeway Centre, and to provide a range of experiences that the children could draw upon and then extend in the following year. The week was planned around a night expedition, in which the children would prepare, pack, hike, and then spend the night in a bothy – all in winter conditions. All of the activities on the trip, both leading up to and after the night expedition, were focused on promoting teamwork and the importance of connecting with nature. The key themes for the week were fun, effort, respect, and resilience. These were tied into each and every activity, from the lighthearted to the more challenging.
Mr Duncan Barrable, Head of Outdoor Learning, writes: "I am incredibly proud of all the Year 6 pupils. They dealt incredibly well with a challenging night expedition, took the weather in their stride, and the staff and instructors at Outward Bound were mightily impressed by their keenness and enthusiasm."