Ready, Steady, Jump!
The rooster crowed and the sun had already risen, but our year 6s had not. Our job then was to wake them up and get them ready for another fun-filled day of activities. Many things awaited us as we dressed up and had another delicious breakfast of bacon and hash browns, followed by fruit and yogurt. Even the staff were feeling bright-eyed and bushy tailed.
But today wasn’t going to be an ordinary day, it was going to be a special day. Indeed, it was Isla’s 11th birthday and we celebrated throughout the entire day. She was even given a special sticker that allowed her to be the first person on any activities that she participated in. Later in the evening, Isla treated the entire group with cake.
Helmets on, harnesses strapped. Each group arrived onto the field to be greeted by two of PGL’s instructors to be guided into some zip-wiring. We sported some creative poses and smiles as we slip down the wire.
Many people even overcame their fears and challenged themselves.
With only a few logs, two barrels and a bucket full of rope, we were tasked in creating a buggy that could move and support one person inside.
We learned from our instructor on how to build the buggy and tie the ropes, however we were then left to our own devices and our groups had to rebuild the buggy and race it across the court.
Blinded by a pair of goggles and holding onto the backs of our peers, we were guided through a trail full of different obstacles led by a single rope. The challenge of the course is to keep guiding one another through the course and communicating while the leaders sprayed water and use twigs to distract the pupils as they reached the end of the trail through wild terrain and muddy puddles.
Geared with our harnesses and climbing abilities, we were faced with another challenge that would test our tolerance of heights. Our task was to climb up a large pole to reach a single plank. From there, we had to take a leap of faith and grab onto a trapeze bar. Many tried and only a few were successful in grabbing that bar, but all of us conquered our fears and tried our best throughout the event.
If we were left in the woods with nothing but a tarp and a few bits of string, we’d definitely survive after our next event. Survival tested our skills in building shelters, carving stacks and even lighting fires.
On the other hand, Problem Solving tested our mental thinking and teamwork as we solved many different challenges that the instructors presented to us. Our groups worked brilliantly and even broke a record in the process.
This evening, we were treated to a nice Sunday chicken roast with potatoes and loads of brussel sprouts. This fuelled our bodies for the evening entertainment… The DISCO. We dressed up and were armed with our disco moves ready to impress everyone at PGL.
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