On July 7th, 2017, Year 7 at West Kirby went on a residential trip to Boreatton Park in Shropshire, which is owned by PGL. After an hour drive, we arrived at the centre and took our bags down to our accommodation. After dropping off our bags, we played some fun games on the netball courts until we were taken to lunch. The food was very nice and there were lots of different options - there were hot meals, cold sandwiches, salad bars, fruit, and, of course, delicious puddings - doughnuts and chocolate fudge cake!
After lunch, my activity group went off to two of the activities that we would try at PGL - the giant swing and then the zip wire. The giant swing was extremely fun - scary, at first, but very exciting and fun. If you like roller coasters and fairground rides, you would love the giant swing! The zip wire was not quite as amazing as the giant swing, but it was still very fun and the instructors were hilariously funny. We then went in for dinner, which was once again delicious. After dinner, the whole of year 7 sat round a campfire and sang the most ridiculous of songs. We then went into each other’s cabins and feasted on sweets and chocolates and played fun and hilarious games until the teachers came round and shoved us back into our own cabins. Some girls played outside during that time too.
Breakfast was very early the next morning, and my activity group then went kayaking. Although I did not take part in this activity (I took the photos instead), it was evident that the participating girls were having the time of their lives! The best part was when the girls circled the teachers in their kayaks and splashed them with water, singing 'if you're happy and you know it, splash your teachers'! After lunch, which was delicious, of course, we then went to the sports hall and tried some fencing. It was good to try something new, and we all enjoyed it. Then, we went off to the woods to try doing a sensory trail - a tricky obstacle course in the woods which we had to complete blindfolded! Some of the girls' approaches to the obstacles made us all laugh our socks off when we saw the photos - pretty much my whole activity group decided to slide under an obstacle that was only 1 foot high! We all enjoyed the sensory trail, though, despite our mishaps. Dinner was once again delicious, and then we tested our detective skills by playing a real-life game of Cluedo (except the mystery was a stolen cake instead of a murder). In groups, we had to solve some riddles and perform some tricky sporty challenges set by some wonderful instructors, dressed up in animal onesies. Despite not winning, we still had a load of fun.
After another night (and another party in our dorms with loads of sweets), we had breakfast, packed our suitcases and put them into a room. We then went off and did archery - which was fun and very competitive - and trapeze, which was a thrilling activity involving climbing up a ladder and jumping off the top, supposedly grabbing onto a wooden bar with our hands. Everyone in my group managed to get hold of the wooden bar in the end, so trapeze was a huge success (and, during the activity, many people conquered their fear - heights).
After a delicious lunch, we all took some photos of us sitting in the sun and then packed our bags onto the coaches and went home. It had been a busy weekend, quite tiring, but extremely fun. We were all so glad that we had chosen to come to PGL and everyone really enjoyed it. It was great fun, and let's just say a massive thank you to the teachers who gave up their time to accompany us on the best school residential trip that we had ever been on!
L Nash, 7B