The focus of the Y7 trip to Stubbers was to bond with one another and to provide an opportunity for the new intake to get to know all of the girls in their year. Girls slept the two nights in dormitories with their close friends but spent the days in random groups of eight that changed round on the second day. We travelled with our Head and Deputy Head girls so that the younger children could benefit from their care and see their role models at first hand.

Both days were filled with exciting outward bound activities, the first day included water activities and the girls learnt to drive jet skis and paddle canoes as well as drenching themselves from head to foot playing in the shallows on the ‘beach’. They also tried their hand at off-road 4×4 driving and I note some Grand Prix stars in the making. On the second day we were introduced to the high ropes and many of the girls showed extreme bravery and agility as they faced this exciting course. A bush craft activity saw all the girls learn to start a fire without matches and Mrs Harker nearly set fire to her own trousers in her enthusiasm. A final team challenge activity reinforced the bonding and teamwork aspect of the trip. Mrs Nicholas, Mrs Harker and Mrs Jarada thank the girls for their excellent behaviour and attitude throughout; it was a great pleasure to spend time with them and to have the privilege of getting to know them and their talents further. (A.H.)

Comments made by Year 7 about the Stubbers trip:

‘Lots of fun and incredibly fantastic activities. We got to know each other more and it is a good way to learn to cooperate at the start of Year 7.’

‘My favourite thing about Stubbers is that we really bonded and I faced my fears. The instructors were very enthusiastic and I learned from many fun activities. I loved Stubbers.’

‘I think Stubbers was a fantastic trip and I really enjoyed it because I have always been scared of water and when we did canoeing and jet skiing it was absolutely amazing.’