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The Great Adventures of Lower Third

During the first week of the academic year, amidst the excitement of their first few days at St John’s, our new Lower Third pupils enjoyed two adventure-filled days at High Ashurst Outdoor Education Centre, Dorking.

Pupils and staff were in high spirits as they experienced a fantastic two days filled with activities such as climbing, high ropes, outdoor team tasks, and a delicious barbecue! The Lower Third induction trip is always a wonderful way to encourage pupils to meet new friends, learn new names and come together as a cohort with team building activities.

Pupil highlights included:

'I really loved the high ropes and the team-building activities'. — Caroline

'The leap of faith was really scary but when I got up the ladder, I went for it. I missed the bar completely and had to dangle, but it was still really fun'. — Jess

'I enjoyed the climbing wall the most because I love being high up! I nearly made it to the top!' — Spencer

'Crate stacking was great: it was a great team-building exercise because you had to really trust everyone in your group'. — Zahra

Richard Harvey, Head of Lower School commented: ‘This year’s Lower Third induction trip was a fantastic success. It provided tutors and pupils the opportunity to get to know each other as a year group, start to form new friendships and, with us returning to High Ashurst, learning how quickly they can scale a wall blindfolded! On the first evening, a delicious barbecue was enjoyed on The Quad before 40 pupils tried boarding for the first time, which was a special addition to the two days.

I was delighted to see pupils beginning to make friendships, developing their skills, working as a team, and getting to know the Lower School staff. I am very grateful to Mr Helliwell - Head of Lower Third, Matron and the Lower Third tutors, who were instrumental in facilitating this great adventure.’