‘LIKE A DUCK TO WATER’
Lower Sixth pupils spent the weekend of 16-17 September at Harrow House in Swanage on the south coast for their bonding weekend. This was a fantastic opportunity for them to take part in a range of different activities together as a year group and to make new friends. Activities on offer on Saturday included paddle boarding, kayaking and bush craft, in which pupils were introduced to the fine arts of fire making, fish gutting and forest cooking. In the evening pupils (and staff!) enjoyed the wonderful facilities on offer at Harrow House in the famed ‘activity dome’ with a range of football, badminton and basketball all on offer, before another full morning on Sunday involving coastering, 'big' paddle boarding and kayaking. Over the course of the two days the pupils learned valuable teamwork and leadership skills and it was fantastic to see the pupils get stuck in to such a wide range of different activities.
Particularly pleasing was seeing Warminster pupils new and old doing activities together and truly bonding as a year group. The staff at Harrow House commented on how enthusiastic Warminster pupils were, how willing they were to try everything, and how well they represented the School. They also agreed how well everyone bonded and how easily new friendships were formed.
Everyone was very grateful for the opportunities on offer, whether this was to make new friends or to try new activities. The pupils have returned with a new sense of community, ready to face the demands of the Sixth Form. Huge thanks are owed to Land and Wave for organising the activities, to Mrs Nurdin for organising the whole trip, and to Mr Kemble, Miss Mitterrutzner and Mr Hill for their enthusiasm for all water-based activities. Most of all, the pupils are to be congratulated for throwing themselves so wholeheartedly into all the challenges of the weekend. They were a credit to the School with their enthusiasm and determination to try, and to enjoy, everything thrown at them, demonstrating true Warminster spirit. The future for the Sixth Form is undoubtedly brighter with such positive ambassadors for the School and with such a keen sense of being willing to try anything new.
Dr Tom Horler-Underwood, Head of Sixth Form