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UAW pupils make friends and grow in confidence during activity centre visit - 21/12/2017

More than 70 students from University Academy Warrington visited Kingswood last month which is located in a beautiful rural setting where students can take part in a wide range of outdoor activities. The visit was all part of a transition programme provided by the Academy designed to make the move from primary school to secondary school as smooth as possible. Students were able to develop friendships, confidence, teamwork and communication skills and more importantly, take in new experiences and enjoy themselves. Activities included archery, bush craft, laser quest, zipwire, buggy building and challenging high ropes course! Some students took to the 40ft obstacles like professionals, whereas others, teachers included, just needed a little more encouragement from their team mates. Sam, a Year 7 student at the Academy, said: ‘I had a great time at Kingswood because every activity I did was really fun and even though I didn’t feel confident with some activities like the zipwire, I overcame my fear and I loved it so much I went on it twice!’ During the evening students experienced a campfire complete with traditional singing and toasted marshmallows. One night featured a disco with plenty of dancing and fun. Jane Edwards, Head of Learning for Year 7, said: ‘Staff and students had a wonderful time and were fantastic ambassadors for the Academy, demonstrating excellent behaviour and attitude throughout the trip. It was lovely to see so many students set themselves the challenge to do new things and in some cases literally reach new heights! I look forward to watching new found confidence and friendships continue to develop.’

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