John Muir Trip, November 2021
After a good journey, 32 Year 11 students and staff arrived at the Avon Tyrell Centre in the middle of the New Forest, Hampshire.
The first job was to make the beds and have an orientation walk around the grounds, which have stunning views over the heathland of the New Forest. After dinner, we headed down to take part in a campfire with the obligatory roasting of marshmallows, renditions of Disney classics and ghost stories!
Over the next two days, the students experienced a range of activities from OS map reading out in the New Forest; archery; a ghostly night walk; shelter building; bush craft (with more marshmallows) and a conservation project. This year the project involved clearing a new campfire area down by the lake, building bug hotels and preparing the sensory garden for winter.
On the last morning, after another campfire led by Mr Redmond, the entire group took part in low rope activities which displayed Vandyke’s ability to work together as a team and fears were overcome on the high ropes course.
Overall, a fantastic weekend was had by all. The centre staff were so impressed by Vandyke students and are looking forward to the next group in February!
Ms Monk, Mrs Lord, Miss Tonkin, Mr Redmond and Mr Bodo.