INTREPID students have ended the school year by facing their fears and learning new skills on outdoor adventures.
Students from Trinity Academy in Thorne left the comfort of the classroom to sleep under canvas, hit the water in kayaks, abseil down cliffs and walk the fells.
Residential expeditions to the Peak District, Lake District and Yorkshire Dales were open to students across four year groups.
Year 7 went caving and climbing in Derbyshire, while Year 8 headed to Bassenthwaite, near Keswick in Cumbria.
A group of Year 10 students took part in the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge.
Students from Year 9 were the last to get a taste of the outdoors when they headed to the YMCA Centre at Lakeside, on Windermere.
Dominic Cleland, 14, from Thorne, said: “I was a bit worried about abseiling and didn’t think I could do it, but I tried it and now I’m glad I did. The whole week has been a really good experience.”
Abbie Tomlinson, 14, from Thorne, added: “We’ve learned about teamwork, listening to each other and working together. It’s been really good apart from the bugs in our tent.”
Other students spent the final morning on the obstacle course.
From up in the trees Jake Taylor, 14, from Thorne, said: “Canoeing and kayaking was the best. It’s been very tiring but I’ve enjoyed the experience.”
Emily Hodgson, 13, from Moorends, said: “I fell in the lake loads, which was fun, but getting back in the boat was hard.”
Emma Chapman, Head of Year 9 at Trinity Academy, who organised the Lakeland week, said: “Although the students are in the same year group there has been a real cross section here and many didn’t know each other before. Meeting challenges and overcoming fears together has been a great bonding experience.”
As well as the physical challenges, the students enjoyed songs around the campfire and toasting marshmallows.
Assistant vice principal Mark Aveyard added: “We have had an excellent group of students here this year. They have all got stuck in and the YMCA staff commented on how well behaved and polite they have been, so their parents can be very proud.”