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The school organises a PGL trip for our Year Six
children. This year they will be going to the centre at Windmill Hill, near
Previous trips have been to the centre at
the Pestalozzi Village in Sedlescombe and to the Isle of Wight. This is a
report about the trip to Sedlescombe by three of our children.
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On our Year 6 trip we went to a
PGL centre, there were all sorts of activities and challenges to do,
all of which were very safe. We arrived on Friday afternoon, and were shown
around the centre, then we played some games. After we had our supper and
unpacked we did our first challenge, which was a scavenger hunt. We were
sorted into the groups that we were going to stay in for all our activities,
then we had to answer different questions, find things and do challenges set
by the leaders.
The abseiling tower
|Some of the activities were
scarier than others.
Abseiling was one of the scary activities. Some people didnít want to do
abseiling and were not pushed to do so. Abseiling is when there is a
wall and youíre meant to jump down on a rope. It is scary to start with,
but once youíre half-way down, you just want to jump. You are always
safe because of the safety rope attached to you.
|The Climbing Wall is a wall
with little rocks stuck to it. You still have to wear a harness and a
safety rope. You have to climb up the wall, then, when youíve got up to
the top, you let go of the rocks and they lower you down carefully.
|The "Jacobís Ladder" is a 40 foot ladder that has
big gaps getting bigger as you near the top. If anyone didnít want to go any
higher, again they didnít have to. You donít even have to climb down! All you do
is let go of the ladder and they will gently lower you down on your safety rope.
|Fencing is the same as sword fighting, but
different swords. You wear a mask to protect your face and a long sleeve, thick,
"back to front" jacket.
Hanging at the end of the Zip Wire
|There was another challenge
called the Zip Wire. The Zip Wire was FANTASTIC! You still have a safety rope on and a safety harness
as a sort of seat. First, you climb a set of stairs to a tower then you can see
a wire attached to 2 poles. Suddenly, when youíre all strapped in, a man pushes
you off it. Youíre attached to the wire so you zoom along the wire.
|The Trapeze was a bar swinging on ropes which you
sometimes see in circuses and a pole like a telegraph pole with a small platform
on top. You have to climb up the pole using a ladder and then steps that you see
on telegraph poles. When you get to the top, you jump off the pole towards the
trapeze bar. Because you are on a safety rope, if you donít get the bar, you
just fall about a foot and then get lowered down.
About to make the leap onto the Trapeze
|We also had activities in the
evenings, Wacky Races was an evening activity, it was a load
of all sorts of races. There was a plain running race, a balloon race and
another race with a cup of water, you had to run with the cup in your
mouth and try not to spill any, the winning team was the one with most water
left in their cup, and a lot more different races!
Pestalozzi was a 4 day trip, so we had to sleep
somewhere. The rooms were for a maximum of 6 people in each room. Most of the
rooms had bunk beds in them. We were not allowed to eat or drink in the rooms,
and boys were not allowed in the girls rooms and girls were not allowed in the
There was a lounge to eat our sweets but we had to
share the lounge with another school.
We had a disco on Sunday night. It was totally AWESOME!
We did more activities on Monday morning and then went home after lunch, it
was a brilliant weekend.
by Katherine, Caitlin and Ethan