Having had breakfast with Year 7s in Kruklanki and celebrated two birthdays – Maria’s and Mr Yorath’s- with a hearty singing of Happy Birthday in Polish and English, we reluctantly left the beautiful lake side camp to head off to visit the Year 9s in Serwy.
Serwy is a superbly well-equipped camp and our Year 9s were lucky to have their very own ‘village’ of cabins in the woods a short distance from the lakeside. We watched the kayakers head out into the lake and saw off the rowers in their boats as they set off – albeit somewhat erratically and with much discussion on which way was forward!
Mr Yorath and I then headed off to catch them all up in our canoe and did a tour of the island in the middle of the lake. As we did so, we got some great photos of the groups out sailing during what was a marvellous sunny spell after the rain they had experienced the previous afternoon – it really did look, and sounded like an amazing experience with lots of squealing and shrieking as the sail boats tipped in the wind, the sunlight glistening off the water.
Mr Gosney and his team told us of how impressed they had been with the way the students were getting involved, being enthusiastic and living our core values every day and in each activity. Special mention went to the bike riders and sailors who had set off the previous afternoon and got pretty drenched in a downpour; no spirits dampened though as they experienced the exhilaration of the experience and came in saying how ‘awesome’ it had been out in the lake in the squall. Being ambitious at its best!
After lunch (and by the way we LOVE Polish soups) we were due to set off on the long road to the IB camp at Lesna Ryba but not before we saw Mr Stimpson leading by example, conquering his fear of deep water and heading out on the lake (42m deep in parts) on a kayak.
On then to the IB camp where we arrived later in the evening to the deafening (and not super tuneful ) din of the karaoke night in full swing! Another exhilarating end to a day of activities where our Year 12, Pre-IB and Year 13s joined together to show that it is so much all about teamwork – collaborating together, having fun together and learning together. We are looking forward to seeing them in action again tomorrow on the high ropes, in science sessions, raft building and cycling etc. etc. etc.
On reflection, what has been so highly evident and so brilliant about having Green Camp at the start of the year is to see how our teachers and students have bonded through the shared experiences – they know each other well, have supported each other, learned together and shared challenging and fun times. This is the bed rock for establishing strong relationships enabling us to personalise learning. We have no doubt it is integral to ensuring that the year ahead is an ambitious, collaborative and high-achieving one.
Well done everyone; our students for being brave and enthusiastic, our staff for living, modelling and teaching our school values:
Respect, Honesty, Diversity, Community
All in all a simply fantastic team effort @TBSWarsaw on Green Camp 2019
Have a wonderful weekend
Alun Yorath & Alison Fox