Lower Sixth Explore the Great Outdoors on Team Building Day


On Friday 6 September, this year's Lower Sixth cohort travelled to Bushy Wood Activity Centre in Hailsham for our annual Team Building day. Samuel Bickersteth, Lower Sixth, writes about the trip.

The Lower Sixth were fortunate enough to experience a fun-packed Friday full of activities for their annual team building trip. Organised by Miss Morris, the day was a fantastic opportunity for all pupils in the year to mix with each other and make vital relationships, which will inevitably become invaluable for them over the coming two years of their school life. Pupils on the trip ranged from those who have been at the School since Bede’s Prep to those who have only been at the school for a week.


The day started bright and early as students gathered outside the Sports Complex to be collected in minibuses and coaches for the short trip to Bushy Wood. Once we arrived, we were split into 10 relatively large groups, with the aim of putting people in the position to make new friends. Each group were allocated a staff member who led them to their respective opening activities.


These activities ranged enormously, as pupils undertook physically demanding challenges such as archery, climbing and target shooting, and learnt natural bush craft survival skills including fire making and orienteering. Each activity called for leaders to step up within the groups, requiring encouragement of others, teamwork and healthy competition in order to complete the task. Some pupils were naturally tentative at the start of the day, but as the activities progressed the relaxed and enjoyable atmosphere was palpable in every group, with staff members ensuring that all children were included in the activities and contributed to the groups’ successes.


The values of competition, teamwork and inclusion were all emphasised with a scoring system implemented by the Buzz Active staff, who ranked groups on their ability to complete the task, utilise everyone in the group and communicate with each other well - despite this being the first time many had met each other. Pupils chatted happily over a packed lunch before returning to activities for the remainder of the afternoon.


Finally, the excitement came to a close as all groups finished their round of activities and returned to the original meeting spot for a debrief, word of thanks and congratulations for the winning group from the ever-enthusiastic Buzz Active staff. The Lower Sixth returned to school for a sit-down dinner, which was delightful in itself, capping a memorable day for all those involved.


Massive thanks to Miss Morris and the number of Bede’s staff who helped the day run so smoothly for the Lower Sixth on Friday.

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