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Year 7 and 8 Residential Trip: North Explorations

Our destination was San Juan, La Union.

As soon as we arrived we received a surf briefing and got into the water. Most of us got wiped out on our first try, but that didn’t stop us. My instructor told me that that it wasn’t going to be easy, but in the end, it would be worth it.  

After every exertion we were rewarded with beach games and a well-earned cool down. Just being by the ocean, I could feel everyone’s mood lighten. Passing time with your toes in the sand, the waves lapping at your feet can make anyone be at peace. I can tell everyone learned something important, about the Philippines and about themselves.

 This year's residential was a major positive for our class.  We got to spend time with each other and strengthen our bonds outside of school, in a completely different environment. 

Every obstacle we faced, be it hiking up a mountain, surfing, or even waking up early in the morning, showed us that it wasn’t the mountain we conquered, but ourselves. Life starts outside of your comfort zone, so keep climbing. 

You can’t fall if you don’t climb, but there’s no joy in living your life on the ground. 

We can’t wait until our next residential!

- written by Joni, Year 7

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