At the end of the first week of term the newest members of the St John’s community, our very excited Lower Third pupils, embarked on their two-day induction trip to Bentley Copse in Shere.

Pupils took part in a range of fun activities from air rifle shooting, zip lines to orienteering and, on the first day, a surprise submersion element when, unfortunately, the awful weather meant rain stopped play.

Despite the rain, pupils were no less enthusiastic and were able to enjoy their (indoor) BBQ and the opportunity to get to know one another as well as their tutors. Fortunately, the weather was kinder on the second day and a full schedule of activities was the perfect conclusion to a very busy but productive first week.

I was very pleased to see pupils working together in the team building activities and showing kindness to their nervous tutors on abseiling! My thanks to Miss Ball, Janet and the Lower Third tutors who all contributed to making the two days such a success. 

Head of Lower School, Richard Harvey

Pupils told us of their many highlights, including:

Niamh – ‘I enjoyed the air rifle shooting because we had a competition with everyone, and it was really fun’

Alexa – ‘I liked the climbing and the orienteering because it was so fun. And we won so that was good as well’

Jackson – ‘I liked the air rifle shooting because I was good at it’

Arabella – ‘I liked the zipline because it was so high up and so fast’

Isla – ‘I loved the Cave Maze because everyone had to work together to find the exits and it was great team building and really fun. I liked that the lights went on and off’

Finley – ‘I liked the abseiling because people were cheering for some people who didn’t want to do it’