Hestercombe AdventuresFriday, September 21, 2018
On the 14th September TSIMS students set off for a camping adventure at Hestercombe. Outside Hestercombe House we were joined by the 1610 team; specialists in outdoor activities. 1610 was led by an energetic and enthusiastic Andrew. The activities commenced immediately with students introducing themselves to their peers and throwing themselves into games designed to improve their teamwork and communication skills. There was much laughter as students played games and scrambled to get into groups of specific numbers in limited time frames.
After a brief walk to the lawn a game of skipping rope was assembled. In groups the teams ran through the rope trying to avoid getting hit and knocked out of the game. The students were successful, with the TSIMS staff team being the ones to take a tumble as they raced through the rope. After this ‘Tug Of War’ commenced, sadly along with the rain. However, this did not dampen the spirit of the teams and the games continued with all students showing their strength.
After the initial group bonding had ended the students were allocated teams. They chose to name these “Ketchup’,’ “Crazy Asians” and “The Best Team’”. The idea being that, throughout the weekend, the teams would compete against each other. The winning team would be the one with the most points awarded by lunchtime on Saturday.
After a long trek to camp through the woodland, students were given a demonstration as to how to construct their tents and worked together to build the camp for the night. Full of energy, students put in an excellent effort to collect firewood to fuel the campfire, with several returning to camp with multiple batches of kindling. These efforts were rewarded with everyone tucking into a BBQ. As the sun set, Andrew recalled spooky stories of the ghost of Hestercombe House and those students brave enough took a tour at night time in the darkness.
The next day, the students awoke to birdsong and after a hearty breakfast the activities commenced. ‘The Best Team’ tackled the climbing wall first, with Xavier and Vitold conquering the challenge with ease. Over at the obstacle course Adrian showed some fantastic teamwork helping Koki and attempting to beat the course record. At paintballing Team Ketchup took aim at the targets with a fantastic effort showed by all those involved.
Upon returning to the campsite, 1610 showed the group how to make a tasty treat – S’mores! Students took it in turn to sandwich toasted marshmallows between two chocolate biscuits. For many of the students this was the first time that they had eaten this and safe to say this was a success!
The scores were tallied up and the winners announced as ‘Ketchup’. Staff had been closely watching the behaviour and attitude of the students and awarded prizes. Although they were impressed with the willingness of all the students to push their boundaries and try new things, individual prizes were awarded to Kitty, Xavier, Akari, Adrian and Abdul, who showed exceptional enthusiasm, teamwork and communication skills as well as making the trip an enjoyable experience for all. We would like to thank all the staff who organised the trip and contributed their time and the TSIMS students who were a delight to be around.