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 College donates kitchen
Trail running, ridge walking and rock pool swimming were just some of the activities enjoyed by King’s Ely students during an adrenaline- fuelled expedition to the Lake District.
To say the expedition was action-packed would be a slight understatement – with students in Years 11 to 13 also enjoying multi pitch climbing, bouldering, scrambling and lots more.
The week-long summer holiday event was staged through the
Ely Scheme, which aims to
build important life skills that cannot always be taught in the classroom. While most independent schools have an outdoor pursuits programme, the Ely Scheme is
both unique and central to the whole King’s Ely experience, as young people are given tangible opportunities to push themselves to achieve beyond anything they ever thought possible.
The aim is to develop each individual student through outdoor education and adventurous activity, concentrating on eight major elements: personal skills; self- confidence; teamwork; leadership skills; social and environmental awareness; problem solving; ability to cope with difficult situations and healthy respect for nature and the outdoors.
A group of 14 students from Abbey Gate College, Cheshire, have returned from a three-week expedition to Swaziland to build a new kitchen at Mbita Primary School.
The project had been identified and requested by the local community, was jointly funded and undertaken, and will be of great benefit to
the whole community. As well as building the kitchen, the group also contributed to local conservation projects.
In 2014, Abbey Gate College embarked upon a partnership
with Mlindzini High School and
its feeder primaries which led to students travelling to Swaziland
to help improve facilities and amenities in the remote rural schools, including the construction
of an access road which aided travel to and from Nhlangano.
The expedition this summer, supported the College’s on-going partnership with Mlindzini High School and also gave students a huge range of opportunities to explore new landscapes, understand different cultures and develop
a wealth of personal skills and experiences. The students played a significant role in the planning and preparation of the expedition, in particular in the organising of fundraising events.
English Teacher, Karen Jackson said: “The expedition provided students with a fantastic opportunity to visit one of the safest and most diverse areas of Africa, which gave them experiences and skills which they will value for the rest of their lives.”
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