Physical Education: GCSE Bude Trip 2013

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On the 21 of April a group of 35 Lower Fifth GCSE PE pupils travelled to Bude in Cornwall for a four-day residential trip, engaging in outdoor and adventurous activities as part of their GCSE course.

The objective of the trip was to enable the students to access an even greater range of sporting activities than the 30+ sports offered on the Senior School site.

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Activities during the trip included Orienteering around Bude, Rock Climbing at a specialist climbing centre followed by a session scaling local cliff-sides, and canoeing.

Aside from the assessments in these sports the pupils also enjoyed a day of surfing and body-boarding, and in the evenings a series of team activities including games and problem-solving exercises to encourage participation.

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Ellie Harris, one of the Lower Fifth students who attended the trip, said, "The best bit was rock climbing on real rocks. I had only ever climbed on artificial walls before, and now I feel I have a much better understanding of the safety procedures. Plus, it was beautiful, having the sea behind us as we climbed."

Fellow Lower Fifth PE student Alby Gellatly added, "For me, the body boarding was great. The waves were massive, and as we weren't being assessed on that task it felt like a great way to relax. Once you caught a wave, if you got the timing right, you went so fast!"

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Since returning to Bede's the cohort has engaged in Mock Examinations in preparation for their final assessments next year and, as PE Teacher Dave Caryer attests, the Bude trip was as useful in preparing them for the challenges of GCSE.

"The whole trip was a great success," said Mr Caryer, "and the students gained some excellent practical marks which will help them come results day in August 2014."

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Ellie, who attests that PE is one of her favourite subjects, said of her imminent exam challenges, "I've loved the practical side of this year, but I'm a bit nervous about the more theory-based nature of next year. Still, I like a challenge!"

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