Report by Olivia Sanders
On Monday 7th, 8 pupils and Mrs.Trevail embarked on a trip to France with 6 students year 11, Olivia Sanders, Caitlin Brodie, Ashleigh Haffenden, Tommy Clifford, Peter Williams and Ryan Howes and 2 students from year 10, Kerenza Semmens and Zelah Yuill. The trip was open to all sport leaders throughout the Academy. There were many other schools attending the trip, all of which were schools specialising in young people with special needs, learning difficulties and physical disability. We mainly worked with people from in and around Plymouth but there was another party with students from further afield. We met the others in Plymouth and then all got on a coach and drove to Portsmouth where we took a ferry over to France. While in France we stayed at a school-based camp called PGL. Over the two days of activities at PGL we got to know each other and helped one another to conquer our fears whether that was heights, being away from home, trying new things or speaking another language. Everyone on the trip was so lovely and encouraging. On our last night we stayed in Southampton’s Hilton Hotel and then took the long coach journey back to Plymouth. We had all made great friends in such a short space of time and saying goodbye was harder than expected. We all hope to meet again at another sports leadership event.
“…being involved within this SiS/project-ability camp organised by Katy Wedgewood of Woodlands School Plymouth has been a truly inspiring experience. Our students showed empathy, leadership and initiative not only when facilitating the development of others, all of whom had varying special educational needs, but in conquering their own fears. The way our students engaged and encouraged others was the talk of the trip, from both school staff and PGL staff and I am so very proud of all our students achieved.”
“They were a credit to your school and your school ethos. It really touched me how they engaged with our students and supported them and made friends. It gave our students a real sense of being a teenager, which we often struggle to find. Inclusion with secondary school students is something we really struggle with but last week was inclusion at its finest and that was down to the actions, maturity and kind nature of your students.”
Robyn Becker, Millford School, Plymouth