Year 6 Fairplay House
Between 16th and 20th November, 84 pupils and 10 adults participated in our annual residential trip at Fairplay House.
Fairplay House Outdoor Education Centre is one of the longest running outdoor education centres in the UK with nearly 50 years of experience in inspiring and offering outdoor learning to young people and adults.
Fairplay House, a former 1930’s country house, is set in acres of picturesque grounds and has been converted into an exciting residential facility. The grounds, with their purpose built outdoor education facilities provide many opportunities for outdoor learning, adventure and fun.
At Fairplay House Outdoor Education Centre, they believe that the development of the individual is core to what they do. Through support and encouragement from their highly qualified and experienced staff team they are able help every person unlock their potential and move out of their comfort zone, all within their safe and controlled environment.
Excited, nervous and unsure, we set off on our journey to Fairplay House. Our imaginations ran wild, images of small muddy brown huts with thatched roofs, muddy trenches and grand mansions flashed through our minds! We were surprised by the small building and the enclosed grounds- it felt homely.
The Giant Swing by Maddie & Sherin
On the way to the giant swing, we felt confident and chilled out. Little did we know “giant” was an underestimation. Two trembling children are attached to a harness and dangle, terrified, in mid-air. They are hauled upwards into the sky by their team mates, who are working tirelessly to yank the rope. Once high in the sky, you have to be brave enough to karate chop your small string holding you secure and whoosh!! You whoosh through the air, with only a second to catch your breath!
If there was a prize for a silly face, Abigail would win that one! Ayaan proved his courage with a very chilled karate chop and he swung as cool as a cucumber. Kamille almost deafened the team with her scream!
Our leader for the giant swing, Scott, was extremely supportive and encouraging. So much so, everyone had two goes- even those who were so scared first time round!
The Cave, by Eshai & Zaima
Getting dressed in specialised boiler suits, we felt excited. At first, we had to jump through a bumpy, irregular shaped hole- it was very dark! We had to dodge stalactites in order to find our way through the cave maze! We took turns to lead and we had to support and encourage each other. Some people were scared and nervous so we led them on and helped them through the cave system.
There was one hole that was not like an ordinary hole- it was a tight squeeze! It was no bigger than a school laptop screen! It was difficult for most people to get through, quite a few of us got stuck! We pushed and pulled each other free. During one mission, we had to turn our lights out. Everything went pitch black- not even a hint of light! We were very confident and helped each other through the darkness. Working as a team- that was the best thing!
High Ropes, by Zizi & Diana
Looking up at the high ropes from below, they looked rather easy. They seemed about as tall as a house, not a problem for us! Until we got onto the ropes, then it was a different story!
Climbing up the rungs of a ladder (basically giant staples nailed into a pole!) is when we started to feel less confident. Once up on the high ropes, it seemed almost twice as tall! Your whole body starts to shake and as soon as another person joins, the ropes begin to swing! That made us feel queasy!
Even though we were terrified, we all gave it a go! We encouraged each other and everyone made it through the course. Everyone was determined to succeed in our group.