Outward Bound Residential 2019

During the Easter break, twelve lucky Year 10 students had the opportunity to spend five days at The Outward Bound Trust’s Howtown Centre in the Lake District, thanks to the school’s partnership with the Berkeley Foundation.  The aim of the week was to develop student’s employability skills through confidence-building activities and exercises.

Student’s began the week with the Outward Bound Trust’s traditional ‘jog and dip’, a short run around Howtown village, before jumping into Lake Ullswater.  All Lister students (and staff) completed it with a minimum of fuss, despite the lake temperature being only -5°C!

On day two, students began the expedition section of their residential.  This included rowing down the lake, before hiking to the summit of Place Fell (657m above sea level), from where the view was epic!  Students then pitched their tents, cooked their dinners, and spent a night sleeping under the stars!

Day 3 saw students hike back to the centre after breakfast, before taking part in some cliff jumping at Kailpot Crag – this proved a real test of nerve for many!  Everyone jumped though, overcoming their fears of heights and of water together!

The final day saw students orienteering on Hallin Fell in order to accumulate points with which students could buy materials that they would use to build a raft to float on Ullswater and complete further challenges.  This activity proved to be one of the highlights of the week, with students working hard as a team to build a very stable raft!

Students were blessed with some fantastic weather and fantastic scenery all week, enjoying life experiences that they will never forget!

Vera Kovanskaya (K12) – “This has been the best school visit I’ve ever been on.  The Lake District is amazing.”

Samihah Alam (H3) – “I’ve learned that I can do much more than I ever thought.  I can achieve even when I struggle.”

Ehsaan Alam (K4) – “This week has been challenging, but we’ve supported each other and everyone has been successful.  We could not have done what we did without each other.”

Jizelo da Silva de Cieta (D8) – “I came to the Lake District determined to conquer my fear of heights.  I’ve been successful. I’m going home having climbed a mountain and jumped off a cliff.  I can’t wait to go back.”

Nafisha Sardar (S1) – “The residential was so challenging.  We were all exhausted and sore. I definitely don’t regret taking part though.  It’s been incredible! I’ve made new friends and learned lots about myself!”

  1. Ms H Wood

    Indeed the whole Outward Bound experience was amazing! The students were a real credit to Lister- really living up to the Lister motto- they aimed for excellence and they were all kind, polite and considerate.

    Well done and thank you Mr Beck for the smooth driving both there and back.

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