Ardeche Trip 2015

Posted on: 23/07/2015

At the start of July, 34 intrepid GTS pupils (and 4 nervous staff) set of on the 24 hour coach journey to the South of France, on a watersport activity week to remember. After arriving at Segries (into 42 degree heat!) and dumping our bags in the log cabins, we set off for 3 days of canoeing and cliff jumping (with lots of other games thrown in too) down the 60KM of Ardeche Gorge. On day 4, we spent the afternoon at Aqualand - a massive waterpark in Cap D'adge, which was  amazing and a major highlight for all. We then travelled down to the Mediterranean and our second campsite in Mimosa , where we took part in a range of sports such as: banana boating, sailing (from fun boats through to Catamarans), snorkelling, abseiling, climbing and sit on top sea kayaking for our final 3 days. 

Each evening, all the pupils took part in a range of fun activities on site and enjoyed mingling with lots of other pupils and schools from all over the country (Yorkshire, Plymouth and Folkestone to name a few), and, as always, the trips out to local towns, gift shopping and sampling the local culture, were much enjoyed. 

The trip is amazing; it is a stunning part of the world and a real eye opener for so many of our pupils, some of which had never been out of Devon, yet alone the UK, before! The pupils were fantastic and really threw themselves into every opportunity that arose, even sampling snails on the last night. We could not be prouder of them all for what they achieved and how much they experienced and learnt over the 10 days. We know they all loved it, as it is impossible to wipe the smiles off their faces when we see them around school; we can't wait to take another 40 odd pupils in 2 years' time - book early though as the places filled within an hour of being advertised last time around! 

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