Today, the groups split in two - one group went to hike up Taishan and the other group took part in different outdoor activities.
The outdoor activities group began with a series of team building and cooperation tasks. From guiding a golf ball, balancing a beach ball, trying to eat an Orea cookie(!), Frisbee tossing, helping a king cross the road to simple sports activities. The day was all about the students being given a task and them discussing as a group how to work together to complete it. They would then reflect on what went well and what did not.
After lunch, we moved across to two separate activities. The first was for the students to find a way to cross through a laser beam without disturbing it. They needed their entire group to pass through and needed work out how to help each other. This was a surprisingly difficult task and the groups did not manage to complete it successfully but were able to analyse why they had failed and what they would to improve.
The final activity was the leap of faith. The students were individually harnessed and secured before they had to climb to about 20 feet off the ground to a small platform and. Once they reached it, they had to walk out along a gang plank and jump across a gap. Every student found this an extremely challenging task and very frightening. But amazingly, almost every student managed to complete the jump and climb back down.
But the best thing about the event was the encouragement that the students showed each other. Congratulating others when they finished and giving words on encouragement to those who were scared. One student attempted the climb and was too scared and had to return to the ground. But all the others went straight to hug and congratulate her and she was so happy with their reaction that she insisted on another try after setting herself a personal target. She smashed her target with ease and was cheered by all the students. It was a wonderful moment.
The students then returned to the hotel for dinner and to work on their trip journals before heading to bed. They will need lots of energy for the 4,000 step climb up Taishan tomorrow!
Update from Mr. Jim Hartland, Assistant Head of Secondary
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