Day 2 (part 2)
The main activities we did
today were the Nature Walk and High and Low Ropes.
The nature walk consisted of a walk around the
beautiful grounds of Winmarleigh, stopping
occasionally to look at interesting flora and fauna.
We were particularly watchful for a one-eyed
squirrel which the instructors said inhabited the
grounds. We were shown eucalyptus tree, a plant
called lemon balm which gives off a lovely lemon
smell when rubbed, a ha-ha ditch, sequoias, bat
The highlight of the day was going on the High
Ropes. There were two parallel tree trunks, about 10
metres long, 7 metres and 15 metres from the ground.
The idea was to walk across one of them, then go
back into the middle and jump off.(By the way they
did have safety harnesses on!) Each child chose
which one they wanted to attempt (and some did not
attempt either). The centre has a policy of
challenge by choice, which means that every child
decides what, for them, would be a challenging
target. They try and reach their own, private
target. This has worked very well and no pressure is
put on any child. It is different with the staff.
Theirs is called challenge by headteacher. They have
to do at least the same as Mrs B, otherwise they
never hear the last of it. It was amazing to see
some of the children go nervelessly onto the top
bar. The most spectacular moment of the day was Miss
Shields crossing the top bar and then after she had
jumped off, hanging upside down like a bat.