Pushing the boundaries
Our innovative “Pushing the Boundaries” outward-bound study project enables our students to experience life outside their usual parameters, offering huge opportunities for personal development and a great deal of fun at Calvert Trust, a specialist centre in Exmoor, Devon. The project is essential for students to develop their independence skills and is a rare opportunity for them to take part in activities that they had previously believed were out of their reach.
In 2018 11 of our Year 10 and 11 students had the pleasure of attending the Pushing the Boundaries trip and undertook a vast array of activities. These included:
- Forest challenge – this consisted of a rope spiders web, balance work on a big see saw and an activity similar to ‘Hook A Duck’ where students had to communicate with each other and work as a team
- Crate stacking
- Petting and grooming horses
- Zip wire
- Big swing
- Toasting marshmallows on an open fire
This amazing experience has provided our inspirational students with activities which they may never have experienced before, or have the chance to experience again. Not only is this a once in lifetime opportunity for them, they are also learning and developing key skills such as communicating with their peers and giving instructions to staff in relation to their personal care needs. Students have also been encouraged to take part in group and personal diary time, where making a record of their time away reinforced the experiences of the day, and this is often used as part of their coursework. Some of these were symbolised, some were on paper and some were recorded on the iPad as video diaries.
These trips, and others like them, are fully funded by your donations.
“A truly amazing experience for our students, for many this is their fondest memory of their time at Treloar’s, they push boundaries, face fears and the confidence and pride it gives them is just remarkable, we all love it!”
Treloar School Tutor